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Top 20 cool and unusual hotels in Brooklyn 2021

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 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. The waterfront provides gaze-worthy views of Manhattan and the numerous design and tech startups give the place a buzzy entrepreneurial feel. When evening falls dance clubs, happening bars and music venues liven up the nightlife scene. Wanna stay? Of course, you do! Here are the best cool and unique hotels in Brooklyn…

Box House Hotel – unique loft-style accommodation in a converted factory

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. With high ceilings, mezzanine floors and huge box windows, the bedrooms at the trendsetting Brooklyn hotel are anything but standard box rooms.

Studio lofts feature hardwood floors, flashes of color and an eclectic mix of antiques and contemporary art. The Queen sized beds and pull-out sofas are comfortable, while the kitchenettes are fully equipped with everything you could need during your stay. Guests also enjoy access to the hotel’s fitness center with sauna and steam showers as well as upscale dining at the on-site restaurant.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge – one of the hippest boutiques hotels to say in Brooklyn

Hip hotel in Brooklyn

Best boutique hotels in Brooklyn

Boutique hotel in Brooklyn

One of the best boutique hotels in Brooklyn, 1 Brooklyn Bridge has been designed by local artists and is built around sustainability. Inside, rooms follow a modern theme, with much use of upcycled materials that give this unique hotel its own ambiance. A cinema room, spa, lounge, and all-day café provide great spaces for relaxing, an amazing rooftop pool area, and stunning views over the East River providing an ever-changing backdrop to your day.

The 4-star very highly rated trendy hotel operates entirely on wind power and boosts its eco-friendly credentials with low-energy bulbs, a water irrigation system, and five-minute sand timers in the showers.

Bedrooms are surprisingly decadent with sumptuous beds, in-room iPads, and water taps featuring three times filtered drinking water. The hip Brooklyn hotel also offers the ground floor Neighbors cafe, serving up healthy dishes and refreshments all day long as well as The Bamford Haybarn Spa offering holistic treatments. A boutique hotel unlike any other, this is Brooklyn brought to life! 

Nu Hotel – a fun condo style boutique hotel to stay in Brooklyn

A unique hotel in the heart of Brooklyn offering oodles of urban charm and plenty of local artwork on every wall. With comfortable but uncluttered boutique-style bedrooms, basic never means boring at The Nu Hotel in Brooklyn. Every room has a desk, a Keurig coffee maker, and an en-suite bathroom with a rainforest shower, as well as chalkboards in the bathroom for added fun.

The downstairs at this cool Brooklyn accommodation open kitchen serves up a hearty NY breakfast, and the bar offers wines, beer, and craft ales from local breweries. The neighborhoods of Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Park Slope, and Prospect Heights are just a short ride away on one the Nu Hotels complimentary bikes.

The William Vale – a striking, upscale hotel in Williamsburg

As one of the most sought-after hotels in all of New York City, The William Vale is right in the middle of hipsterville Williamsburg. Bedrooms are futuristic with sliding white glass doors leading to the bathrooms, wardrobes with zig-zag lights, and private balconies, making visitors feel like they are staying on a finely crafted space deck.

The cool and unique Brooklyn hotel also boasts a huge 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. The Westlight Bar is one of the most famous in the city and features 360-degree views of Manhattan and beyond.

 The Hoxton, Williamsburg – a chic and trendy hotel from the streetwise hotel group

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Instagrammable hotel in Brooklyn

Unique places to stay in Brooklyn

Looking out over Manhattan, this 175-room hotel has everything you need for a fantastic stay in Brooklyn. Rooms at The Hoxton, Williamsburg feature plush velvet and locally produced linens for a luxurious feel, with spectacular views across to the island in many rooms. Varied eating options cover everything from a relaxing brunch to quality local food and drinks on the roof terrace, 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.

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McCarren Hotel – a unique, chic, and playful hotel decorated in a retro-chic style

Overlooking McCarren Park, The McCarren Hotel has a funky, laid-back vintage motel vibe. Bright colors, eclectic styling and authentic retro touches shape the feel of the McCarren with the central pool area being one of its most prominent features. Bedrooms at the stylishly quirky are cool and comfortable and have an upmarket look, whilst bathrooms at this hip Brooklyn hotel feel opulent with glass-enclosed rain showers.

Oleanders is a 70s style restaurant that serves up innovative hearty dishes, while the rooftop bar, Xanadu, offers light bites and an extensive champagne list, as well as views out across the city.

Wythe Hotel – a gorgeous industrial-chic hotel located in the heart of trendy Williamsburg

Deep in the hipster heart of Williamsburg, the ultra-industrial the 4-star highly rated Wythe Hotel is surrounded by bars, restaurants and nightclubs all frequented by the trendy New York creative set. Bedrooms have plenty of original features from the original factory building and offer 13ft high ceilings, huge windows, and most of them face out across the Manhattan Skyline.

Bathrooms at this ultra-cool and funky Brooklyn abode are white and fresh and benefit from vintage mirrors and denim robes, as well as rain head showers and some with freestanding tubs. The on-site Raynard Restaurant is as good as any you would find in Manhattan and The Ides Bar on the sixth-floor offers some of the very best views of the East River to be found anywhere in the city.

Hotel Indigo, Williamsburg – a modern and stylish pet-welcoming boutique hotel 

Stylish boutique hotel in Brooklyn

Chic boutique hotel in Brooklyn

A fine boutique hotel in the heart of Brooklyn, just steps from the famous Brooklyn Academy of Music and Barclays Sports and Entertainment center, Hotel Indigo is the place where art and culture come together. Designed to reflect the eclectic cultural heritage of the area, you can find baroque, traditional, and contemporary design throughout.

The stylishly designed hotel offers a range of amenities including a fitness center, an on-site restaurant, and bar along with a wide range of dining options within an easy walk. Rooms follow the same eclectic style but never miss with comfort and superb service. Something a little different with a wonderful ambiance, it’s a hip hotel that you will love.

Brooklyn House Hotel – a fun and funky boutique hotel located in the creative neighborhood of Bushwick

A sleek, modern hotel offering a true NY loft-style feel and a fabulous collection of carefully curated art, all inspired by the neighborhood right outside your window. Bedrooms at the funky Brooklyn abode are bright and airy, with hardwood flooring, light wood furniture, plush platform beds, and immaculately clean bathrooms, while the lobby area is cool and contemporary.

The highly-rated Brooklyn House Hotel Located in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn House Hotel is close to the J and M subway lines, giving visitors easy access to many of the New York tourist attractions and into Manhattan itself. Breakfast is served daily and there are plenty of buzzing restaurants and cocktail bars close by.

The Tillary – an industrial style hotel housed in an Art Deco building

Art Deco meets industrial chic in the sought-after Tillary Hotel situated at the base of Manhattan Bridge. Bedrooms are contemporary and clean with white walls, black furnishings and splashes of grey, as well as feature walls with geometric patterns. The uber-modern theme continues into the bathrooms that are heavy with marble and feature good-sized walk-in showers.

The Distillery Whisky Bar on the second floor serves up cocktails and a wide selection of whiskies, while the lobby café, “T” Room, offers a wide selection of pastries from a local bakery. There is also a large gym in the basement and a sun lounge and terrace on the 6th floor.

Pod Hotel – functional and trendy Brooklyn budget accommodation

The much-loved Pod Hotel Brooklyn is designed to appeal to the modern-day urban nomad, and offers simple yet comfortable accommodation for all. Intimate bedrooms are designed to be as space-saving as possible, with bunk or double beds, compact work desks and contemporary, screened-off shower rooms.

The communal areas are perfect for connecting and collaborating and the rooftop lounge gives amazing views out across the city. 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.

The Williamsburg Hotel – a trendy hotel in the heart of hipster paradise

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 hipsterville. 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. The on-site restaurant, Harveys, serves up Brooklyn-inspired afternoon tea and bagels by the plenty, as well as other NY favorites including steaks, pizzas and spaghetti.

Hotel RL by Red Lion – Pacific Northwest meets minimalist chic

In the heart of Brooklyn’s most creative neighborhood and close to the Brooklyn Bridge, the very highly rated Hotel RL by Red Lion is an artsy hotel with a laid-back vibe. Guests can enjoy a freshly roasted coffee in the on-site cafe, enjoy a movie in the downstairs screening room or even catch a live performance on the hotel’s very own living stage.

The communal areas at the arty Brooklyn hotel invoke the spirit of the Pacific Northwest, while bedrooms are modern and minimalist with crisp white cotton, Flat-screen TVs and gleaming white bathrooms. Penned as a hub for curious visitors, the RL by Red Lion is the perfect place to begin your next Brooklyn adventure.

Franklin Guest House – a trendy boutique hotel offering an authentic Brooklyn experience

Franklin Guest House is a charming 5-star highly rated boutique hotel located in the lively neighborhood of North Greenpoint, that offers loft-style suites and cozy communal areas. Each suite at this funky and quirky Brooklyn boutique hotel comes complete with its own kitchenette and lounge area, as well as high ceilings, marble bathrooms, and Mid-Century furnishings.

They are also filled with vintage nicknacks making these suites feel homely and comfortable throughout. BarGlory serves up fantastic fusion food during restaurant hours then provides room service for hungry visitors, as well as a fabulous cocktail menu and local wines and beers. Breakfasts are served at the nearby Box House Hotel in their Brooklyn Lantern restaurant.

Henry Norman Hotel – a hip hotel housed in a former 19th century warehouse

Housed in a converted 19th-century textile factory, in a quiet residential corner of Greenpoint, the Henry Norman Hotel offers stress-free Brooklyn loft suites. Each suite at this chic Brooklyn abode has high ceilings, hardwood floors 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. There is also a gym for visitors to enjoy during their stay. Whilst there is no bar or restaurant on-site, a car service will take you to other nearby hotels owned by the same group for you to enjoy fusion dumplings at BarGlory or gastropub food at The Brooklyn Lantern.

EVEN Hotel Brooklyn – a contemporary, wellness-oriented hotel with a living green wall

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.

If you book a room on one of the higher floors, the views out across Brooklyn and Manhattan are seriously impressive too. The on-site restaurant, The Cork & Kale offers healthy dishes made with a twist, and while the surrounding neighborhood is still up and coming, The EVEN is a great base for health-conscious travelers.

Aloft Brooklyn – a modern high-tech hotel made for urban travelers

Aloft Hotel in Brooklyn

Cool hotel in Downtown Brooklyn

A unique hotel within a few short steps of the Metrotech and Courthouse, 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. With 170 rooms over 24 floors, a fitness center, and a restaurant, it has everything you need for your Brooklyn stay.

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.

Hotel Le Bleu – a chic boutique hotel in Downtown Brooklyn

Chic hotel in Brooklyn

Design hotel in Brooklyn

A trendy hotel that offers a casual vibe that helps you relax and sink into your stay in Brooklyn, Hotel Le Bleu offers Manhattan views and easy travel to Barclays Center and so much more. With 48 rooms, this boutique hotel has a modern style, with beautiful furnishings and a trademark blue/green accent color that brings each room to life.

Designed to reflect the cool style that Brooklyn is famous for, this is a boutique hotel that helps you slow the pace, take a step back and enjoy the wonderful sights and sounds of Brooklyn and beyond.

Condor Hotel – a modern lower-priced boutique hotel in Brooklyn

Modern hotel in Brooklyn

Trendy hotel in Brooklyn

This is a popular lower-priced hotel in Brooklyn. The highly-rated Condor Hotel is a stylish residence perfect for those who would love a unique and chic stay without breaking the bank.

Condor usually caters to Orthodox Jews but they welcome all people of religious beliefs! The Condor hotel has a trendy modern design, a good range of facilities, and a plentiful hot (kosher) breakfast served every morning. Guests can even relax in the hotel’s own well-tended garden, a great Brooklyn accommodation option.

Hotel BPM – a fun music-themed Brooklyn accommodation with its very own soundtrack

Located in the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn, Hotel BPM is a music and lifestyle hotel that offers luxury accommodation for its hip and trendy clientele. Bedrooms at this funky Brooklyn hotel offer sumptuous beds with crisp high-grade linens, Keurig coffee makers, and music streaming facilities, while bathrooms have high-end porcelain tiles and glass-enclosed raindrop showers.

Close to the Barclays Centre, the Botanic Gardens, and Brooklyn Bridge itself, the lack of an on-site restaurant is no problem as there is plenty to see and explore right outside your doorstep. There is also a limo or town car service available to take you into the City.

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Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a special fondness for Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up visits to over 40 countries. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Nordic noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my favourite places; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland.


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