Top 20 Cool and Unusual Hotels in Brooklyn 2023

The most populous – and easily the coolest – borough in New York, has risen through the ranks from humble beginnings as an industrial backwater to become a veritable ’hipster Disneyland’ where suddenly everyone wanted to be seen.

With the trendy neighborhood of Williamsburg being the center of all of the action, during the day there’s plenty to entertain – chic boutiques and food markets to hip restaurants and cafes serving up oat-milk lattes line the street art and repurposed factory-adorned thoroughfares.

When evening falls dance clubs, happening bars and music venues liven up the nightlife scene. Want to stay? Of course, you do! From quirky boutiques to hip, large and modern, here are my best cool and unique hotels in Brooklyn, NYC (in no particular order)

1. The William Vale – a striking, fun and very Instagrammable upscale gem in Williamsburg perfect for partying Millennials and Gen Zs

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Right in the middle of Hispterville aka Williamsburg, you’ll find one of the most sought-after hotels in all of New York City, The William Vale.

The cool, futuristic building is located just across the East River from Manhattan, and you get stunning views of the midtown skyline from the rooms, balconies, restaurants and the rooftop cinema, so in all a very Brooklyn experience! 

Williamsburg is an art Mecca as well and I loved that the work of local artists was scattered throughout the spacious, light-filled interiors.

Bedrooms at this exceptionally rated 5-star hotel are futuristic with sliding white glass doors leading to the bathrooms, wardrobes with zig-zag lights, and floor-to-ceiling windows, and many rooms have private balconies. 

The cool and unique Brooklyn hotel also boasts stunning a 60-foot outdoor pool, a high-tech gym, and a shopping mall, as well as a selection of eateries featuring not one, but two, Michelin-star chef menus, including Leuca by James Beard award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini.

The Westlight Bar is one of the most famous in the city, featuring 360-degree views of Manhattan and beyond, and there’s even a food truck – which I thought was a very cool touch! 

It’s a great location to explore Williamsburg, and Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Museum are just a short taxi or subway ride away, and it’s just a short walk to the ferry and subway to Manhattan. I loved it and I think everyone who visits will do too! 

2. The Williamsburg Hotel – a fun, ultra-trendy and Instaworthy moderns spot with fabulous city views and a party vibeThe Williamsburg Hotel - an ultra-trendy modern hotel The Williamsburg Hotel - an ultra-trendy modern hotel1 The Williamsburg Hotel - an ultra-trendy modern hotel2

A trendy Brooklyn hotel located in an even trendier neighborhood, 4-star highly rated The Williamsburg Hotel offers contemporary Brooklyn accommodation in the heart of Hipster Central.

One of the best and most popular hotels to stay in Brooklyn, the brick and steel building recalls the area’s industrial heritage, and the Water Tower bar is actually an old water tower, repurposed to look like an urban lighthouse, with 360-degree views of the city.

The decor too is an eye-catching mix of historic and hip that Instagrammers will love (and I did too!), with furnishings designed by Michaelis Boyd Studio. Communal areas are full of vintage Chesterfields and velvet day chairs and are a great place for socializing with fellow guests.

Standard bedrooms are comfortable with brown leather headboards, plenty of splashes of color and semi-open bedrooms with modern tubs with overhead showers, while the Terrace Rooms have outdoor space and views out over Manhattan.

There’s a choice of bars and restaurants onsite, with seasonal North and South American specialities from Chef Alberto Gomez at the Williamsburg Restaurant, the spectacular Water Tower Bar, the Patio and the Mirror Bar, a local hotspot.

It’s a short walk to the Brooklyn Brewery and other neighborhood attractions like bars, funky shops, flea markets and food markets.

It’s just one subway stop to the East Village. Guests enjoy their stay here so much that they’ve picked the Williamsburg Hotel for a 2022 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice award, and I have to say I quite agree! 

3. Nu Hotel – a fun, quirky and affordable condo-style boutique to stay in Brooklyn great for longer stays

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This fun, playful and unique hotel in the heart of Brooklyn offering oodles of urban charm and plenty of local-themed artwork on the walls channels the energy and quirky creativity of the surrounding neighborhood. With comfortable but uncluttered boutique-style bedrooms, basic never means boring at the Nu Hotel in Brooklyn!

Every room at this quirky highly rated mid-range hotel has a desk, a Keurig coffee maker, and an en-suite bathroom with a rainforest shower, as well as handy chalkboards for added fun and graffiti. The Urban Suite with views of downtown Brooklyn, quality linens and a hammock is a perfect taste of loft living. 

The Nu Marketplace has all your favorite snacks and drinks, and you can explore the many restaurants and bars in the area – the concierge will be happy to advise you on the best spots and go help with reservations.

Or you may want to stay in and order room service drinks with a wide selection of cocktails, wine and wine spritzers, spirits, beer and cider and soft drinks.

I also loved that Brooklyn Bridge and the waterfront park are nearby, as are the museums, art and culture. The hipster-friendly neighborhoods of Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Park Slope, and Prospect Heights are just a short ride away on one the Nu Hotels’ complimentary bikes. So a great choice for a trendy longer or more private stay! 

4. Box House Hotel – cute and quirky loft-style accommodation housed in a converted factory where you can stay like a Brooklyn local

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Located in the hip and trendy area of North Greenpoint in Brooklyn, the 4-star exceptionally rated The Box House Hotel features contemporary lofts and suites with a distinctly New York feel! 

A place that has to be seen to be believed the converted factory building retains features like loft suites with high ceilings, exposed ceiling pipes, often painted bright red, and large windows that flood the interiors with light. The result is something really quite special! 

I loved this place, here fabulous retro touches create a nostalgic and homelike feel, juxtaposed with views of the midtown Manhattan skyline from the windows and terraces.

With high ceilings, mezzanine floors and huge box windows, the rooms and suites at the trendsetting Brooklyn hotel are anything but standard box rooms. Many have balconies and city views. 

Studio lofts feature hardwood floors, flashes of color and an eclectic mix of antiques and contemporary art at this spot, making it one of the best boutique hotels in Brooklyn.

The Queen sized beds and pull-out sofas are comfortable, while the kitchenettes are fully equipped with everything you could need during your stay. The fitness center has sauna and steam showers, and there are laundry facilities on-site as well. 

The Brooklyn Lantern restaurant is a favorite neighborhood hangout and serves creative American cuisine, craft beer, and cocktails.

There are also plenty of trendy restaurants, bars, art galleries and parks to explore in the neighborhood, and the hotel has a shuttle bus to the number 7 subway station, which will bring you to Times Square in a quarter of an hour – not bad at all! 

5. One Hotel Brooklyn Bridge – one of the hippest boutiques offering superb city views

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One of the best boutique hotels in Brooklyn, the gorgeous waterfront 1 Brooklyn Bridge has been built around sustainability, with LEED gold certification, low-energy bulbs, a living green rooftop and even a commitment to supporting environmental causes – impressive! 

The location right is also pretty great and is located next to its namesake bridge and the Promenade is perfect for exploring the historic Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and its unique shops and restaurants.

DUMBO with its hip art galleries is on the other side of the bridge, and Manhattan is just one subway stop away. You must walk across Brooklyn Bridge at any time of day or night, ideally to watch the sunrise – it’s almost a necessary rite of passage for natives and visitors! 

The luxurious rooms at this exceptionally rated 5-star hotel follow a modern theme, with much use of upcycled materials, earth tones and greenery. Along with water views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll find sumptuous beds, in-room iPads, work desks and water taps with three times filtered drinking water. 

Dining options include farm-to-table cuisine at Osprey and Harriet’s on the rooftop with drinks, Asian bites and unforgettable, highly Instagrammable views of East River and lower Manhattan – this is what really sets this place apart! 

The Neighbors cafe serves breakfast and all-day coffee, cocktails, drinks and healthy bowls and sandwiches and Harriet’s on the 10th floor is a classic cocktail lounge.

The amazing rooftop pool area has stunning views over the East River to provide an ever-changing backdrop to your day. Nurture your spirit and body at the Bamford Wellness Spa with a wide range of holistic treatments and classes and at the 24-hour Field House fitness centre. A boutique hotel unlike any other, this is Brooklyn brought to life! 

6. Wythe Hotel – a gorgeous industrial-chic hotel located in the heart of trendy Williamsburg offering fabulous views

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Located deep in the hipster heart of hipster-haven Williamsburg, the highly rated 4-star The Wythe Hotel is surrounded by bars, restaurants and nightclubs all frequented by the trendy New York creative set. A collection of artwork and sketches from local artists helps connect guests to the creative energy of the neighborhood. 

Industrial chic bedrooms have plenty of original features from the original factory building and offer 13ft high ceilings, exposed brick walls and pine rafters and huge windows, and most of them face out across the midtown Manhattan Skyline.

Upping the luxury factor, the concrete floors are heated. Bathrooms at this ultra-cool and funky Brooklyn abode are white and fresh and benefit from vintage mirrors and fabulous denim robes, as well as rain head showers and some with freestanding tubs.

Dining options have a distinctively French accent, with Le Crocodile, a New York Times three-star brasserie and city hotspot, serving Parisian-style breakfast from 7am each day and possibly the best roast chicken in the city.

Bar Blondeau, listed as one of the best rooftop bars in New York City by Esquire magazine, features natural wines, signature cocktails and frozen drinks accompanied by a Mediterranean seafood menu.

The hotel is across the street from the famous neighborhood landmark Brooklyn Brewery and Manhattan is a short subway ride away. You will get plenty of exercise walking in the city but for an additional workout, guests receive free admission to the Brooklyn Athletic Club.

7. The Hoxton, Williamsburg – a chic and trendy boutique hotel perfect for partying Millennials and Gen Z’s

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Looking out over Manhattan, this 175-room hotel has everything you need for a fantastic stay in Brooklyn. The 4-star exceptionally rated The Hoxton, Williamsburg has very beautiful views of the Williamsburg bridge and is set in a quirky neighborhood with parks, shops, art galleries, bars, restaurants and the famous Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg open-air food markets. 

The former factory building retains features like exposed brick walls and spacious and well-lighted interiors. The industrial chic interiors by Ennismore Design Studio are anchored by the lobby which used to be a brick carriage house structure and now has a light airy feel with pastels and Murano glass chandeliers.

Rooms feature plush velvet, mohair headboards, brass fittings and locally produced linens for a luxurious feel, with spectacular views across to the island in many rooms – they’re lush! 

They come in Cosy and Roomy sizes but all are cute and comfortable, but it does make it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. 

Varied eating options cover everything from a healthy breakfast to relaxing brunch to quality food and drinks on the roof terrace. From coal-grilled favorites to seafood, whatever your mood there is something to match.

Situated in the heart of Williamsburg, the hip hotel is surrounded by a vibrant arts and creative community, and with green spaces and fine shopping within easy reach, brings the best of Brooklyn to your door.

Make this your base to explore Brooklyn and Manhattan, which is connected by subway and ferry. I don’t think you’ll regret it! 

8. Hotel Indigo, Williamsburg – a modern and stylish pet-welcoming boutique with a stunning swimming pool a great choice for couples

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A fine boutique hotel in the heart of Brooklyn, centrally located within the creative hub and trendy area of the renowned Brooklyn neighborhood, the 4-star highly-rated Hotel Indigo Williamsburg is the place where art and culture come together. Designed to reflect the eclectic cultural heritage of the area, you can find artwork by local artists at the Brooklyn Arts Council on display at the hotel. 

The stylish decor with muted neutrals and bright pops of color is restful and energizing at the same time. Rooms follow an eclectic style but never miss with comfort and superb service, with plush bedding, spa-style bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. 

Start your day with a fresh pastry and coffee at the Center Bar in the lobby, and return for a relaxing drink in the evening.

The stylishly designed hotel offers a range of amenities including a fitness center and a seasonal rooftop pool and garden, a large outdoor courtyard with a firepit, as well as the newly-opened Tatau Pool Lounge & Bar on the fourth-floor terrace.

You can explore the hip, walkable neighborhood with its cobbled streets, local artwork, trendy shops and the historic Williamsburg Bridge, or take the M train to Manhattan.

If you’ve brought your canine friend with you, there’s a little park across the street for walks and taking in the local atmosphere. When you’re looking for something a little different with a wonderful ambiance, this is a hip hotel that you will love.

9. Moxy – a super dynamic hotel that blends modern Indo-Aussie style with the area’s vibrant energy

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The quirky Moxy Brooklyn may have been made just for the trendy Williamsburg neighborhood, with a playful, artsy approach to life.

It’s a haven for guests and locals alike, who gravitate towards the Lobby Bar & All-Day Café which transforms from coffee and co-working during the day to cocktails and music in the evenings.

The bright and airy rooms make the most of the building’s classic design, and the serene decor is a counterpoint to the city bustle outside.

The floor-to-ceiling windows, plush European-style duvets, Moxy peg walls, work desks, and flat-screen HDTVs streaming YouTube, HBO, Netflix and Pandora make them dens of comfort with everything you could need for your stay. 

Moxy Williamsburg offers easy access to all Brooklyn and Manhattan sights and destinations, and the location also puts it in the way of having stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and the Williamsburg Bridge.

There’s a Mediterranean restaurant on site as well as the indoor/outdoor Lillistar rooftop bar with Indo-Aussie energy, amazing views and Balinese barbecue, and the classic Bar Bedford.

Guests can use the free wifi to search out nearby nightlife or join in the party at the retro Jolene Sound Room with the best talent from the Williamsburg bar scene.

10. Ace Hotel – a very hipster-friendly spot and social hub with locally made custom furnishings

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The historic Brooklyn neighborhood of Boerum Hill is home to this hipster-haven boutique hotel with decor inspired by European art studios.

There’s a large-scale art installation by Stan Bitters at this exceptionally rated 4-star hotel, and other artwork by local artists scattered throughout. Wood paneling and warm lighting create a welcoming look, and the staff truly live up to the Ace motto, which is “A Friendly Place”.

The rooms and suites at Ace Hotel Brooklyn come with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the Manhattan skyline, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

Mid-century design, locally made custom furnishings and restful neutrals in the rooms create a cozy, city cabin feel from which to go adventuring in the big city.

All comforts are taken care of, with king-sized beds, minibar, original artwork and quirky touches like a D’Angelico acoustic guitar and a Music Hall turntable. 

Guests will find co-working spaces and there’s an indoor garden with skylight and fireplace. There are several creative eating options on site, with As You Are which is a neighborhood hangout with innovative seasonal fare, and The Lobby bar.

The location in downtown Brooklyn can’t be beaten for access to all points in the city, and it’s walking distance to the hip, artsy Dumbo neighborhood.

11. CODA Williamsburg – a unique, hip and playful stay decorated in a retro-chic boho style and tasty breakfasts

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Located between McCarren and East River parks, the 4-star highly rated CODA Williamsburg has a funky, laid-back vintage motel vibe, product of a Malibu-and-Bali design studio. Bright colors, eclectic styling and authentic retro touches shape the feel of the 64-room boutique hotel.

The Bedford Avenue subway station is half a block away, with the L train that will whisk you across the river to Manhattan in ten minutes. 

Rooms and suites are cool and comfortable and have an upmarket look, with designer handcrafted furniture and wood accents for a Brooklyn-meets-Bali look.

The floor-to-ceiling windows have park or pool views, and some have balconies as well. Bathrooms are opulent with glass-enclosed rain showers, bath products by APOTHIA and luxurious peshtemal towel robes. 

The gorgeous palm-fringed outdoor heated pool is the largest in NYC (I loved it!) and its Beach Club with cabanas and bar serving cocktails and Indonesian-style small bites is in high demand.

Creatures of All Kind, the rooftop lounge, has Balinese-flavored cocktails and bites, and sweeping views of Brooklyn and Manhattan, and BOHEMIA continues the Southeast Asian theme with a sophisticated menu, vertical gardens, and lively music for dancing. 

The 24/7 gym is popular with guests, and the Coda Williamsburg Boutique is a unique feature where you can order the designer furniture, decor, apparel and bath products for your own home! 

12. Penny Williamsburg – a modern and trendy pet-friendly abode set in the heart of the most artistic neighborhood

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Quirky as only Brooklyn can be, the 4-star exceptionally rated Penny Hotel in Williamsburg is even named after a small dog belonging to one of the owners! 

Quite appropriately for a Williamsburg hotel, the Penny works closely with local artists with developmental disabilities, whose artwork is featured throughout the hotel and in the guest accommodations as well.

The greenery evident everywhere – on the facade and the terrace, in the rooms – is designed the Brooklyn-based landscape design studio Verdant. 

Designed like a Brooklyn apartment “without the chores and junk mail” and with 4-star levels of comfort, the rooms have eclectic decor, hardwood floors, kitchenettes, pour-over coffee makers and cozy cloud robes.

Each room has a selection of books curated by the legendary Strand bookstore, and some also have that sought-after Brooklyn apartment feature – balconies with a view.

Guests can enjoy complimentary coffee in the reception area, and purchase fresh croissants and fruit bowls. The new rooftop bar and restaurant elNico serves speciality cocktails under the direction of Leo Robitschek and food made according to family recipes from Chef Fer Serrano’s childhood in Mexico.

The location in Williamsburg puts you close to everything via subway or Uber, and the hotel has free bikes so you can explore the neighborhood with its trendy art galleries and eateries.

To book, check prices or availability for Penny Williamsburg

13. Hotel Le Bleu – a chic gem in Downtown Brooklyn known as the area’s “first & favorite boutique hotel”

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A trendy hotel that offers a casual vibe designed to reflect the cool style that Brooklyn is famous for, the mid-range highly rated Hotel Le Bleu Brooklyn offers easy access to the highly desirable Park Slope neighborhood.

The walkable and historic streets of brownstone houses are lots of fun to explore, with all kinds of boutiques, restaurants, breweries and bars that reflect the energy and diversity of Brooklyn.

The 4th Avenue location puts you near all major Brooklyn attractions like the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Barclays Center, the Botanical Gardens, Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Museum. 

At the hotel, you’ll find wonderful views of of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, and an understated style in the light-filled modernist interiors designed by Andres Escobar and Associates.

The signature colors of white, blue and steel are a welcoming beacon after a day’s adventures in the city. 

The 48 guest rooms have with beautiful furnishings and a trademark blue/green accent color that brings each room to life. Some rooms have terrace access or their own balconies, both highly coveted in Brooklyn by residents and visitors alike.

This may be the top feature that earned a 2023 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for the hotel, along with the friendly and helpful staff.

14. Hotel RL by Red Lion – Pacific Northwest meets minimalist chic just minutes from Williamsburg

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The trendy and artsy mid-range highly rated Hotel RL by Red Lion, has a laid-back vibe and easy access to all the most exciting happenings in Brooklyn. 

The boutique hotel in the Bedstuy/ Bushwick neighborhood is near Barclays Center, DUMBO, Williamsburg, Prospect Park and Brooklyn Museum, and is an excellent base to explore the art galleries, distilleries, restaurants, jazz bars, independent bookstores and more.

The J train is right there to take you to Manhattan, and hotel staff will help you find tickets for local attractions.

Merging a rough-hewn Pacific Northwest look with Brooklyn industrial chic, the interiors are welcoming with plenty of rustic woodwork, exposed brick walls and ceiling pipes, warm lighting and touches of the signature bright red color.

The bedrooms are modern and minimalist with crisp white cotton, flat-screen TVs and gleaming white bathrooms. Grainy, wall-sized black-and-white vintage photos of the neighborhood provide an artsy and intriguing backdrop to your stay. 

Guests can enjoy complimentary freshly roasted coffee and fruit-infused water in the lobby, or a hand-crafted cocktail downstairs in The Lounge bar which stays open late.

There’s a basement with games and video, a  gorgeous backyard, and lobby coworking spaces frequented by locals as well as visitors.

15. Franklin Guest House – a trendy boutique offering an authentic and cool local experience

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Franklin Guest House is a charming 5-star highly-rated boutique hotel located in the lively neighborhood of North Greenpoint, right next to trendy Williamsburg.

The former industrial area is the latest in Brooklyn to be revitalized and is full of hip and unusual boutiques and eateries to explore. Manhattan is just across the East River and the G train or the East River Ferry will take you there. 

The welcoming interiors are full of natural light, with warm floors, bright artwork, live plants and fresh flowers. Accommodations consist of luxurious lofts and suites with all the comforts like flat-screen televisions, refrigerator, and coffee makers.

Several suites also have full kitchens, separate seating areas and private patios. High ceilings, marble bathrooms, earth-toned furnishings and wood and bamboo accents combine contemporary style with a homelike feeling. 

The Madre restaurant serves up a creative menu of seasonal small plates in a nature-inspired setting of wood, marble and exposed brick.

The gym has a steam shower and sauna, and there’s a business center where you can catch up on work projects. You’ll find that the hotel feels like a refuge after a busy day in the city, and an authentic experience of life in Brooklyn.

16. Henry Norman Hotel – a hip spot housed in a former 19th-century warehouse

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Housed in a converted 19th-century textile factory, in a quiet residential corner of Greenpoint, the  4-star exceptionally rated Henry Norman Hotel offers stress-free Brooklyn loft suites.

Part of the trend of repurposing old industrial buildings as chic hotels, it offers sweeping views of Brooklyn and Manhattan. The decor is eclectic and funky, mixing vintage objects with touches of glamor like a grand staircase and red decor accents. 

Each spacious suite at this chic Brooklyn abode has high ceilings, hardwood floors, specially commissioned artwork and plenty of Mid-Century furniture and quirky antiques dotted throughout. Chic white bathrooms are made interesting with vintage wall prints as well as free toothbrushes and toothpaste. 

Some suites have private balconies and terraces, with incomparable views of the midtown Manhattan skyline. There’s a shared terrace space as well, and comfortable lobby seating for socializing or working. The lobby bar serves a continental breakfast in the mornings and gourmet drinks and snacks the rest of the day. 

There are plenty of restaurants in the neighborhood, including Madre and the Brooklyn Lantern at sister hotels.

Greenpoint retains a friendly neighborhood feeling, with several parks and coffee shops to get your daily requirements of exercise, caffeine and people watching, a quintessentially New York activity. Manhattan is a short subway ride away.

17. EVEN Hotel Brooklyn – a contemporary, wellness-oriented retreat with a living green wall

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A laid-back but chic and trendy Brooklyn hotel offering a holistic approach to city-center accommodation, the 4-star highly rated EVEN Hotel Brooklyn comes complete with in-room exercise equipment, natural food, and a thoroughly eco-friendly design ethic.

Bedrooms are sleek yet cozy with ultra-comfy beds and eucalyptus fiber linens, and bathrooms come complete with spa-like showers and a full selection of natural body products.

There’s plenty of tech in the rooms to keep your life on track, too, with free WiFi, wired Internet, power outlets, 40in HDTV and LED mood lighting.

If you book a room on one of the higher floors, the views out across Brooklyn and Manhattan are seriously impressive too. The interior courtyard with a lush green wall and comfortable seating is a great place to hang out or work. 

The on-site restaurant, The Cork & Kale Market and Bar offers healthy dishes made with a twist, and the EVEN Kitchen and Bar serves breakfast every morning. There’s a gym for health-conscious guests. as well as a games room with ping pong tables. 

It’s the perfect location for exploring downtown Brooklyn and beyond, with the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Museum, the Botanic Garden and Prospect Park all within easy reach.

The subway will take you in either direction to Manhattan for serious big-city stuff or Coney Island for real Brooklyn summer fun.

18. Pod Hotel – cool, functional and trendy budget accommodation perfect for sociable travelers

Trendy Brooklyn budget accommodation

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The much-loved and very highly rated 3-star Pod Hotel Brooklyn is designed to appeal to the modern-day urban nomad, and offers simple yet comfortable accommodation for all.

The location in Williamsburg close to the waterfront East River Park is near all the hip restaurants and shops, and there are two subway stations within easy reach, as well as the East River ferry service to Manhattan. 

The futuristic design involves lots of steel and glass, colorful artwork, funky furniture and a courtyard full of greenery. The rooms live up to their name as cozy pods of comfort, with bunk or double beds, compact work desks and contemporary, screened-off shower rooms.

Although the rooms at this trendy Brooklyn accommodation may be smaller than some other hotels in the area, prices are very affordable and the service is just as good as many of the more expensive hotels in the neighborhood. All rooms have free wifi and flat-screen TVs. 

The communal areas are perfect for connecting and collaborating and the rooftop lounge gives amazing views out across the city as well as hosting yoga classes.

A continental breakfast is served every morning, and coffee and small bites keep you fueled throughout the day. Guests can get discounts at neighborhood stores and eateries, and the concierge can tell you how to avail of the deals.

19. Aloft – a modern high-tech place made for urban travelers

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A unique hotel in downtown Brooklyn within a few short steps of the Metrotech and Courthouse, mid-range Aloft Brooklyn brings retro-chic right up to date with its wonderful design and exceptional service.

Bold colors blend with natural wood to create a 70’s inspired look to this boutique hotel. 

The rooms with high ceilings and large windows have a sleek modernist decor anchored by warm wood accents and colorful pillows and throws, plus charging stations for all your electronics, free wifi, flat-screen TVs, cable channels and refrigerators.

You’ll get a good night’s sleep on the Signature platform beds with plush linens and enjoy an energizing shower in the rainforest shower. 

With 170 rooms over 24 floors, a fitness center, swimming pool and a 24/7 self-serve gourmet pantry at re:fuel by AloftSM, it has everything you need for your Brooklyn stay. There’s also a terrace to lounge and relax.

The location is ideal to explore Brooklyn, being near the Brooklyn Bridge, Barclays Center, Brooklyn Museum, the Botanic Garden and the quaint historic neighborhood of Cobble Hill. Manhattan is just 3 subway stops away. 

A great example of the trendy hotels we love, Aloft Brooklyn is the blend of style, luxury, and originality that makes any stay something to remember.

20. Condor Hotel – a modern lower-priced boutique in perfect for great for families

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The highly-rated 4-star Condor Hotel is a stylish residence perfect for those who would love a unique and chic stay without breaking the bank.

This popular lower-priced hotel is located in the heart of Williamsburg, making it a good base to explore Brooklyn sights.

It’s near the Williamsburg Bridge, the trendy shops and restaurants in the neighborhood and beyond in Greenpoint, Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope, the Pratt Institute and Barclays Center. You can walk or drive across the Williamsburg Bridge to Manhattan, or take the subway.

Rooms are designed in a classic style with solid comfort and leather seating and wood furniture, making this a good family-friendly choice.

Beds have padded headboards and luxurious linens, and live plants brighten the decor. There’s a kitchenette in every room, and larger suites also have private terraces and separate dining areas. Some rooms have impressive views of the Manhattan skyline. 

There is a wide range of restaurants, bars and coffee shops in the area, and Williamsburg’s hip art scene is close at hand.

Guests can relax in the hotel’s own well-tended garden with romantic seating, a great Brooklyn accommodation option. Condor usually caters to Orthodox Jews but they welcome all people of religious beliefs! One of the nicest small hotels in Brooklyn!

Where do tourists stay in the area?

Visitors stay all over Brooklyn as every area offers some benefits but many popular choices include Brooklyn Heights for its charm, tree-lined streets and brownstones or leafy family-friendly Park Slope which has parks and a vibrant culinary scene. 

Where are the coolest places to stay in Brooklyn?

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The most creative and hipster-friendly spots in Brooklyn are Williamsburg for its thriving art scene, trendy bars and interesting shops, DUMBO for its funky converted warehouses, art galleries, and acclaimed restaurants offering stunning views and Bushwick for its creative locals, foodie scene, street art, DJs and live music. 

How much do hotels cost in Brooklyn?

New York is known for its being expensive and eye-watering so sometimes! Brooklyn is a cheaper option than Manhatten though and prices for lower started hotels start from around $80 a night. 

How to get there?

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John F. Kennedy International Airport is around a 36-minute drive from Brooklyn and is served by a number of domestic and international airlines. It’s easy to get across from Manhatten to Brooklyn via Brooklyn Bridge.

How long does it take to get from Brooklyn to Manhattan?

It’s around a 39-minute subway ride or 22-minute taxi ride.

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  1. Wow Becky! BK keeps getting better and better. Becoming the IN borough in many ways as celebs flock there over Manhattan. Cool spots and a rocking list. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Hiii,
    Thanks for sharing this information. all hotels amenities are great, whenever I will plan to visit brooklyn definitely I m gonna check out one of these hotels.

  3. Whenever I visit any new place, first thing that I worry about is selecting best hotel for stay and restaurant to eat. This kind of information proves handy at time. Thanks for sharing top 15 hotels of Brooklyn.

  4. Hi Becky, do you have favourite hotel in Brooklyn? This post just made it so much harder to choose! LOL. Thanks for all the information and amazing pictures.


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