The new Aloft New York Brooklyn Hotel
When we first moved here, the pickins’ were not good when it came to housing family and friends in local New York hotels
. There was the Marriott (333 Adams St.), the Holiday Inn Express Brooklyn Downtown (279 Butler St.), and a handful of bed and breakfasts with shared bathrooms. Thankfully, as the neighborhood grew, so did our choices of cheap Brooklyn hotels
. My in-laws stayed at the boutique-y Nu Hotel (unfortunately facing the jail on Smith St. and Atlantic) and earlier in the year, the Sheraton opened in the MetroTech Center on Duffield Street
, offering amenities like a rooftop lounge and swimming pool with a retractable roof.
So what’s new on the scene for this year’s upcoming holidays? Here’s a small list of alternative hotels we think would be appropriate for anyone visiting BoCoCa. They may not be walking distance, but what’s NYC without a little public transportation? Please let us know if you have any additional knowledge we missed.
Aloft New York Brooklyn Hotel
(216 Duffield St., Downtown Brooklyn): With 176 air-conditioned guestrooms, a restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and free Internet and wireless, we like this shiny, new hotel. Also good to know, pets are allowed!
Hotel Le Bleu (370 4th Avenue, Park Slope): Another “boutique” hotel on a not-so-gorgeous drag of Park Slope, this property promises complimentary breakfast and guest parking, which is pretty good for this area. Alas, wireless is only free in public areas. Expect blue-tinged rooms with FREE bottled water! But tell your mom to leave her Yorkshire terrier at home for the holidays, no pets allowed.
Hotel Le Jolie (235 Meeker Ave., Williamsburg): Come on, hipster it up at this B’burg hotel near the Williamsburg Bridge. Again, you’ll get complimentary on-site parking, breakie, bottled water and wireless Internet in public areas. Plus, fancy Egyptian linens in the 54 guestrooms. No pets here either.