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With plenty of subway lines still down in NYC, we decided to take a ride around Brooklyn yesterday afternoon on our bike. Lo and behold, cruising down a small side street in Greenpoint, what do we find, but an adorable little boutique hotel tucked away under the Pulaski Bridge, the northernmost section of Brooklyn.
Though we've never heard of it, the Box House Hotel has in fact been open for a year and a half, and is just now starting to get some attention. For starters: the shout-out they got in this weekend's travel section of the NY Times. The Brooklyn hotel scene, says the Times, is blowing up, with certain places (ahem, King & Grove Williamsburg) charging about as much as the average Manhattan hotel.
Our first question, therefore, was how much does a standard room here go for during the off-peak: $159/night. Not bad!
So what's it like inside?
Are you one of the lucky fans going to Jay-Z’s final two concerts tonight and tomorrow at the Barclays Center? Or do you plan on exploring the new center in the future and hitting the bars along Smith Street? Well, then you’ll need a place to crash, won’t you?
It just so happens that NU Hotel Brooklyn has a “Sleep It Off” package for late-night revelers. What you’ll get is a room and two cans of Mercy (a supposed hangover prevention beverage) for $199.00 plus tax.
But, here’s the thing, you can only get the room by showing up in person after midnight for the same day. So, you’re basically losing 9 hours of hotel luxuriating from the normal 3pm check-in time, but you are getting a cheaper rate, which can be as high as $299 mid-week. You’ll also bypass the “3-night minimum on weekends” rule when being spontaneous.
BTW if you didn’t get Jay-Z tickets (like some of us), you’ll be able to watch Saturday’s concert for free as it’ll be live-streamed to kick-start his new YouTube channel, “Jay's Life + Times”.
The year was 1949 and the largest hotel in New York City wasn't near Times Square, or Grand Central Station or even Wall Street. It's the St. George Hotel, a behemoth of a building, boasted over 2,600 rooms and a "world famous" saltwater swimming pool, the largest indoor one in the US at the time. Where's it at, you ask? Brooklyn, baby.
Brownstoner dug up a slew of similarly intriguing facts about this property, which once was quite the landmark for travelers seeking "moderately priced" accommodation in a city that's been known for its tippy-top nightly rates since, well...ever:
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The other day we were wandering around inside Brooklyn's The Wythe Hotel when we headed to the back of the lobby area, and discovered that the floor-to-ceiling bookcase, which sat empty on our last visit, had finally been filled—and boy, did someone get creative.
Looking through each shelf, we spotted everything from the Idiot's Guide To Learning Yiddish to the entire The Hardy Boys series to cookbooks to vintage board games like Monopoly, Connect 4 and the MAD Magazine game.
But as we recall, we also stumbled upon a nifty collection of books earlier this summer over at the The NoMad—so is this all part of some new trend? Wasn't print media supposedly going the way of the dinosaurs? Well, apparently not if NYC's two biggest new boutique hotels have anything to do with it.
For starters: will tourists start to see Brooklyn as a viable alternative to Manhattan when it comes to hotels? In the past year alone, Brooklyn acquired five new hotels. And we managed to visit every one of 'em. Here are a few places to consider resting your head next time you visit the BK...
We said way, way back in 2011 we predicted that King & Grove Williamsburg's pool would likely be the most talked-about part of the hotel. For two reasons: 1) hanging out "by the cabanas" is kind of a rare thing to do in Brooklyn, and 2) the hotel's opening coincided with the big re-opening of a public pool across the street that likely wasn't going to be big enough to fit the entire neighborhood.
Needless to say, both pools have become pretty in-demand.
But now, K&G Williamsburg has installed a new online reservation system that sells pool tickets to non-hotel guests. But the tickets don't come cheap. And like most things in New York, the scene can get very crowded very fast.
On August 1, as planned, downtown Brooklyn benefitted from the addition of 128 new hotel rooms with the opening of Hotel Indigo Brooklyn. And it couldn't come at a better time: the much-hyped Barclays Center is set to open on September 28, just one mile away from the hotel.
With all the new business that venue will bring to the neighborhood, Indigo Brooklyn should have no problem filling up its rooms.
So let's take a look inside and see what the rooms are like!
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We learned in May that the historic Jehovah's Witness HQ would be converted back into a boutique hotel. And since then, it's also come out that some of the guys at King & Grove will be vaguely associated with the hotel, yet it definitely won't be tied to any national chain or brand. Hm.
Yet Kaufman, a designer mainly credited with big-brand projects in NYC like GEM Union Square, the world's tallest Holiday Inn, and the Holiday Inn Express-Candlewood Suites-Hampton Inn "tri-pack" on 39th St, is the one who's been chosen to tackle the Bossert. Will he be able to switch gears so easily?
[UPDATE, 9:55am 8/9/12: We learned from the hotel that due to delayed permits, BPM is in fact not open yet, and had to push the opening back to mid-August. Looks like the Front Desk agent we originally spoke to may have been slightly misled.
As for guests with pre-existing reservations, owner DJ Bijal says: "Hotel BPM has been working with a few hoteliers in the area to accommodate BPM guests while we finalize some remaining permits for the official opening."]
Well, look who finally decided to show up to the party. Actually, come to think of it—we've all known about Brooklyn's music-themed Hotel BPM (and its nifty volume control knobs installed in each room) for quite some time. The only difference is, now the place is actually open.
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We're already three days into August, which is about halfway through the Olympics, as well as (sadly) summer in general. That means the next big date coming up for NYC hotels is—you guessed it!—Labor Day.
We poked around online to see what's still available for a one-night stay on September 1, and, while we came up with a few decent options, one of the top choices would have to be Sheraton New York's 50th Anniversary deal. Celebrating two milestones at once (fifty years in business, plus the hotel's brand new renovation), the hotel is offering rooms on Sept 1 for the spectacular $196.20/night.
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UPDATE 8.15.12: Sike. The Hotel Indigo Brooklyn actually opened as initially promised on August 1st, even though when we wrote this story the hotel's website was saying October 4. Nevertheless, you can check out our in-person visit of the new spot right here.
Well, it's still going to be an Indigo but the opening date has been moved to October 4. The hotel's website is up and running and we found rates for $224 a night for a queen-sized bed. That rate also includes a 37" HDTV, free WiFi and even a microwave and refrigerator. A king room was going for $254 a night while a king suite was $324.
We couldn't see any square footage measurements and we're not sure we can trust those room photos. The first one looks like it is up to Hotel Indigo standards with that hardwood floor. But the second one is a shot of the rooms at Aloft Brooklyn. What the what? See for yourself below.
1 Hotel has come a long way in a short time. From the sad, stalled Seattle project that petered out in 2008 to the high-profile Brooklyn development recently got the green light, things are moving along quickly on the new structure.
First off, the design has been revised—the rendering you see above is quite different from the one we originally saw eight months ago. And there's a reason for the change—according to a new WSJ article, owners are now hellbent on making the hotel (and accompanying condos) "blend" in more with the park.