Wythe Hotel: If you're the type who likes to be part of the 'scene' when you travel to a new city, this 70-room hotel is probably the place for you. Situated in the heart of Williamsburg (right across the street from Brooklyn Bowl, a popular concert venue whose headliners often like to crash here after the show), the Wythe Hotel nails the industrial-chic look (the fact that the building used to be a textile factory certainly helps), with exposed brick-accented lofts and private patios that face graffiti-adorned warehouses.
How much more Brooklyn can you get?
Rates from $200/night.
Box House Hotel: Less than a mile north of uber-trendy Williamsburg is Greenpoint, a quieter, more civilized version of the hipster 'hood, with better views and less tourists. Book a night at the charming Box House Hotel, which offers apartment-style guest rooms with oak floors, kitchenettes, and playful vintage decor (as shown in the photo above).
Tip: try to nab a room with a terrace so you can gaze out at the Manhattan skyline and congratulate yourself on the (literally) hundreds you'll be saving by not staying on that side of the river.
Rates from $239 with a 3-night minimum, or $379/night for just one night.
[Photos: Hotel BPM; HotelChatter]