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Brooklyn is still what’s good.

Despite some negative Nellies who, a few years ago, deemed Manhattan’s outer borough “over” (see examples here, here and here), Brooklyn’s hotel scene has never been better. Just five years ago, only a handful of good hotels existed in Brooklyn and these select few could hardly compete with Manhattan’s plethora of boutique hotels. But today, Brooklyn has a range of cool hotels for visitors to try on their sojourn out of Manhattan, from boutique to luxe and wellness-oriented, with even more in the pipeline.

Here are three hotels where we’d like to hang our porkpie hat next year.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge


A few delays haven’t put us off the newest hotel from the eco-conscious luxury brand that is 1 Hotels, especially after we glimpsed the location and stunning views from around the property last summer. Now set for an mid-February opening, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge will have 184 stunning guest rooms furnished with reclaimed woods and repurposed steel and filled with amenities such as hemp-blended Keetsa mattresses, organic cotton sheets and mini-terrariums. Chef Seamus Mullen will run the downstairs restaurant while up on the roof will be a plunge pool and bar. Rates start at $349 a night.

Pod Hotel Brooklyn


The successful micro-hotel concept from Manhattan (that’s the Pod51 hotel shown above) will bring its economical and modular guest rooms to Brooklyn this spring. Built entirely in Poland and shipped to Brooklyn at the corner of Driggs and Metropolitan in Williamsburg, the Pod Hotel will have 249 guest rooms, each about 100-sq.ft., with queen and bunk bed configurations, built-in storage, and cutting-edge technology. April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman will open their first venture outside of Manhattan here, called Salvation Taco, while the hotel will also have a mix of private and public rooftop spaces and three courtyards, all connecteed by glass walkways decorated with living walls. Rates will start at $125 a night.

Hoxton Brooklyn

Rendering of The Hoxton Brooklyn
Rendering of The Hoxton Brooklyn

Another import of sorts will also open in Williamsburg soon: the UK’s cool and seriously stylish (but also reasonably affordable) Hoxton Hotels. Originally set for a late 2016 opening, Hoxton BK is now set for sometime in 2017. (The brand will also open a Hoxton Paris next year.) Room sizes at the 175-room hotel, opening inside an old wooden water tower factory, will be billed as Shoebox, Snug, Cozy, and Roomy. The meeting space, known as The Apartment, and event programming will be run in partnership with Soho House.


Juliana Shallcross
A self-confessed hotel addict, Juliana Shallcross has been reporting on hotels around the world for more than a decade. She was previously the managing editor A good portion of her job involves sleeping in new hotels, obsessing over technology and keeping tabs on the ever-changing hospitality landscape. She's based in Los Angeles.

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