Once an industrial town made up of factories and plants, Brooklyn is the current epicenter of New York laid back cool, a playground for hipsters and living quarters to a widely diverse mix of cultures. So while in the past, Manhattan would’ve been the automatic go-to for tourists, Brooklyn is now attracting those who want to shop for artisan-made goods at the weekend flea and grab a bite at cafes offering locally sourced healthy eats. Whether you want to take a stroll past the brownstones in Park Slope, enjoy traditional Panamanian cuisine in the Crown Heights neighborhood or dance through the streets during the West Indian Labor Day Parade, sticking around after your cruise from the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is the way to do it. Here are 5 cool hotels to stay at near the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.
139 33rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232, 718-305-4182
For the music lover and those excited by DJs on turntables at the check in-counter, there is Hotel BPM. Situated in the Sunset Park neighborhood, Hotel BPM, which is an acronym for “beats per minute,” is a cleanly-styled establishment with white-washed rooms with pops of color and personal touches like a sound system in the bathroom and free magazines. There is also 24-hour room service with bar staples like hot wings and free WIFI. The hotel is only 10 minutes from the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and attractions like the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and Brooklyn Bridge. Rates start at a little over $100.
Hotel Indigo Brooklyn
229 Duffield Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-254-7800
The Hotel Indigo Brooklyn is the 47th outpost of the Indigo chain, a 128-room establishment located on a slightly ramshackle block. But have no fear, you are perfectly safe inside this modern hotel which has wood floors, pin-tucked leather headboards and Victorian-style mirrors. The hotel is in the heart of Brooklyn and just minutes from the trendy DUMBO neighborhood and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. Rates start around $160.
56 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205, 718-526-6367
Located about 15 minutes from the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the Condor Hotel’s lobby beckons visitors with vibrant, gem-like color that lights up the walls and décor from the inside out. The boutique rooms are more subdued with leather headboards in neutrals and plush bedding. Guests can relax in the hotel’s garden or living room and visit the front desk for fresh baked cookies, coffees, teas, hot chocolate or lemonade any time, free of charge. Prices start in the low $100s.
80 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249, 718-460-8000
Situated in hipster hot spot Williamsburg, the Wythe Hotel is a converted sugar barrel factory from 1901 on the Williamsburg waterfront. It takes Brooklyn’s local movement seriously, with everything from the wallpaper to the shampoo sourced from the borough’s companies. The rooftop bar with unobstructed views of Manhattan is popular with the younger crowd. The industrial-chic loft rooms are large and comfortable with floor-to-ceiling windows for views of the Empire State building and East River. Prices start around $200.
McCarren Hotel and Pool
160 North 12 Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249, 718-218-7500
The rooftop pool is an NYC classic for both exclusive club guests and city dwellers looking for a place to take a refreshing summer dip. McCarren Hotel and Pool is a full-service 64-room hotel with one of the largest outdoor pools in the city and it offers amazing views of Manhattan. Room décor is modern and muted and guests can have breakfast in bed. The Sheltering Sky is a rooftop lounge which features food, drinks and a rotating series of local and international DJs. Rates start in the mid-200s.