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Brooklyn Hotels

$300-$399
Editor's Pick
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New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn , New York
11201
Tel: 718 246 7000
Tel: 888 436 3759
Fax: 718 246 0563
Subway: 2, 3, 4, or 5 train to Borough Hall
www.brooklynmarriott.com

This single solitary full-service hotel in Brooklyn has some things going for it. It's situated just south of the Brooklyn Bridge, so you can walk the 30 minutes across to Manhattan—or take one of the four subway lines on the doorstep—and if you choose wisely among the 659 rooms and suites, you get that skyline view (insist on one above the sixth floor facing Manhattan when you book). A huge plus is the health club with indoor swimming pool, but for this you have to suffer beyond-corporate decor, hideous printed bedspreads, and all. The location—by Borough Hall, Fulton Mall, and downtown Brooklyn—is terrible, and the million restaurants are at least five minutes' unscenic walk away. The Marriott's own Archives restaurant serves anodyne American cuisine. If you're here to visit Brooklyn family and they lack a guest room, this is definitely worth considering.

$200-$299
Editor's Pick
Nu Hotel
85 Smith Street
Boerum Hill
Brooklyn , New York
11201
Tel: 718 852 8585
Fax: 718 852 8558
Subway: F train to Bergen Street; A, C to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets
www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com

The biggest plus and minus for Brooklyn's first true boutique hotel, opened in 2008, is its location: at the top of restaurant row on Smith Street, across from a high-rise city jail. But if you can forgive the unsightly barbed-wire views from the hotel's street-facing rooms, this sister property of the Duane Hotel in Tribeca is an arty option that packs a ton of style into its 96 rooms. Interiors are whitewashed with that stark minimalism that sometimes comes off as rather bland, although the design is accented (and elevated) here by attention to Brooklyn's often ironic appreciation for its industrial roots. From the rusty red "YES" depot sign in the lobby to local photography in the rooms, Basquiat prints, and quotes from famous Brooklynites like Henry Miller in the hallways, the Nu Hotel maintains a sense of understated cool. There are custom-made beds in the rooms, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, and even hammocks in a few of the suites (average room size is 175 square feet). The curved lobby transforms into a small bar at night, where locals and guests mingle over cocktails and light snacks. Although the hotel lacks a restaurant, there's arguably no need for one, with Smith Street's many dining spots only a short stroll away.—Douglas Wright

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