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Wythe Hotel
Photograph: Matthew Williams Wythe Hotel

The best hotels in Brooklyn

Eat, sleep and play at the best hotels in Brooklyn in New York’s most charming and liveliest borough

By Hannah Howard and Marion Bernstein

Venture across the river for a stay at one of the best hotels in Brooklyn. Once there, experience the borough’s finest—from the best brunch in Brooklyn to the best venues for live music in Brooklyn. If rest and relaxation are more your speed, you’re in luck, because these hotels house some of the most incredible hotel rooftop pools in the city. Just make sure your phone’s charged—you’ll definitely want to post those iconic shots of the Manhattan skyline.

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Best hotels in Brooklyn

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1. The Williamsburg Hotel

Hotels Midtown West

The brainchild of London-based design firm Michaelis Boyd Studio, each brick-, glass- and Corten steel-encased room boasts double-height ceilings and soaring windows for maximum cityscape exposure. Explore Williamsburg via neighborhood Tuk Tuk tour or get some exercise with a complimentary bike rental. There’s plenty of R&R back at the hotel, where you’ve got a rooftop pool, restaurant Harvey and three distinct bars to choose from.

The 1 Rooftop
Photograph: James Baigrie

2. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Hotels Boutique hotels Brooklyn Heights

Nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge, this 10-story eco-luxury hotel offers retreat-worthy rooms outfitted with native greenery, reclaimed materials and sweeping waterfront views. Be sure to step out for a sunset beverage or two—the hotel’s 4,000-square-foot rooftop boasts killer cocktails and panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

Photograph: Courtesy Tillary Hotel

3. The Tillary Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Downtown Brooklyn

Formerly known as the Dazzler, the Tillary Hotel offers guests an experiential stay that caters to the senses. Designed by Brooklyn-based Cl-oth Interiors, modern, art deco–inspired guest rooms feature jewel-tone plush textures, C.O. Bigelow bath amenities and interactive smart TVs. Once refreshed, guests can further please their palates with bespoke Brooklyn-themed cocktails served out on the 3,000-square-foot whiskey bar and deck aptly named Distillary.

Photograph: Annie Schlechter

4. Pod Brooklyn

Hotels Williamsburg

New York’s premier modular hotel is coming to Brooklyn. Opening in October 2017, Pod Brooklyn features 249 pod-style rooms equipped with private bathrooms, high-tech amenities and oversize windows overlooking verdant courtyards and rooftops connected by glass walkways and living walls spanning the length of the property. Just a short walk from Bedford Avenue, neighborhood favorites like Parm, Fette Sau and St. Anselm are easily accessible. But we can’t blame you for wanting to dine back at the pod where April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman sling sanctified carnitas at Salvation Taco.


5. Franklin Guesthouse

Hotels Boutique hotels Greenpoint

This industrial-chic spot in the rapidly hipsterfying Greenpoint neighborhood is cozy and cool, with apartment-style rooms so you can live like a local. There’s a sauna and a fitness center to burn off all those ramen burgers and artisanal popsicles you’ll scarf at Smorgasburg, and ample space to store the treasures you’ll snag at Brooklyn Flea.

Wythe Hotel
Photograph: Matthew Williams

6. Wythe Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Williamsburg

This historic barrel factory turned place to see and be seen is a hipster mecca. Reynard, the restaurant at Wythe, is lovely, and the rooftop bar is a great spot for panoramic Manhattan views if you’re not afraid of serious crowds. A cooler-than-thou industrial design solidifies the sleek vibe. The Wythe is located just a couple of blocks from Bedford Avenue and the heart of Williamsburg.

The Box House Hotel
Photograph: Courtesy the Box House Hotel

7. The Box House Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Greenpoint

This former door factory is now home to 130 apartment-style rooms, each bigger than most NYC homes. Designed by Brooklynite Kip Jacobs, the place is full of bright colors and quirky antiques (see: vintage cameras and binoculars adorn the coffee tables). The Box House sits tucked away in northernmost Brooklyn by the Pulaski Bridge, a mellow spot perfect for exploring Greenpoint and nearby Long Island City.

Photograph: Courtesy NU Hotel

8. Nu Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Boerum Hill

Between charm-filled Boerum Hill, buzzing Downtown Brooklyn and plenty of subways, the Nu Hotel scores major points for convenience. Colors are bright and rooms are comfy and simple, with recycled hardwood floors and organic sheets. High rollers staying in the Urban Suites can kick back in their own in-room hammocks. Enjoy a free breakfast before walking across the Brooklyn Bridge or exploring the tree-lined neighborhood.


9. McCarren Hotel & Pool

Hotels Boutique hotels Williamsburg

If you’re looking for a dose of super sceney Williamsburg, you’ve found your spot. Partygoers flock to the ever-busy pool and rooftop bar, where the views of the Manhattan skyline are breathtaking. After shopping, swimming, drinking and dancing, guests can tuck into luxe Frette and SFERRA bedding.

Henry Norman Hotel
Photograph: Courtesy Henry Norman Hotel

10. Henry Norman Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Greenpoint

The rooms in this trendy Greenpoint hotel, housed in a refinished 19th-century brick warehouse, have high ceilings, hardwood floors, quality coffeemakers and pretty white and grey décor. Some rooms even have private terraces, and the artwork is local. It’s a bit of a schlep to the train, but there’s a free shuttle.

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