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Top 12 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 neighbourhood of Williamsburg being the centre all of the action, during the day there’s plenty to entertain – chic boutiques and food markets to cool 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 halls 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 colour 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 centre with sauna and steam showers as well as upscale dining at the on-site restaurant.

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Nu Hotel – condo style boutique hotel

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 neighbourhoods of Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Park Slope and Prospect Heights are just a short ride away on one the Nu Hotels complimentary bikes.

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The William Vale – futuristic decadence 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.

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Brooklyn House Hotel – a fun and funky boutique hotel

A sleek, modern hotel offering a true NY loft-style feel and a fabulous collection of carefully curated art, all inspired by the neighbourhood 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.

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The Tillary – 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 yet fashionable 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 neighbourhood.

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

A trendy Brooklyn hotel located in an even trendier neighbourhood, 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 socialising with fellow guests. Standard bedrooms are comfortable with brown leather headboards, plenty of splashes of colour 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 favourites including steaks, pizzas and spaghetti.

1 Brooklyn Bridge – eco-friendly hotel situated on East River

A distinctive eco-friendly, industrial style hotel situated on the waterfront of the East River, complete with an amazing rooftop pool area with stunning views. the 4-star very highly rated 1 Brooklyn Bridge 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.

Wythe Hotel – industrial chic 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 free standing 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.

McCarren Hotel – playful and fun retro chic

Overlooking McCarren Park, The McCarren Hotel has a funky, laid-back vintage motel vibe. Bright colours, 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.

Hotel RL by Red Lion – Pacific Northwest meets minimalist chic

In the heart of Brooklyn’s most creative neighbourhood 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 – trendy retro boutique

Franklin Guest House is a charming 5-star highly rated boutique hotel located in the lively neighbourhood of North Greenpoint, that offers loft style suites and cosy 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 – cosy loft style lodgings

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 – contemporary wellness hotel

A laid-back but chic and trendy Brooklyn hotel offering a holistic approach to city-centre 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 cosy with ultra-comfy beds and eucalyptus fibre 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 neighbourhood is still up and coming, The EVEN is a great base for health-conscious travellers.

Hotel BPM – fun 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.


Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in 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 over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi 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 all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.


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