Brooklyn Boutique Hotels

by Mary Freeman

The most populous borough in New York City is Brooklyn, a cultural and artistic hub of the US in various fields, from film to literature. This culture is exemplified in Brooklyn's boutique hotels, all of which offer atmospheres to cater to a largely artistic and cultured clientele. These boutiques are also often located near some of the most notewothy attractions in Brooklyn.

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Hotel Le Jolie

The Hotel Le Jolie is located in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, which is characterized by young bohemians and internationals. The hotel is made up of 54 custom-designed rooms, and a palette of cream, black and navy blue colorizes each; the kitchens and bathrooms feature granite countertops. The hotel also offers a museum package, which includes pre-paid admission to the most important museums in New York, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art.

NU Hotel

The NU Hotel perches at the conjunction of four Brooklyn neighborhoods: Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens. The 93 rooms in the NU hotel feature natural colors and a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Apart from the standard NU room, two types of suites are available to guests: The NU Queen features bunk-beds, while the NU suite is fully padded, and hammocks hang from the ceilings. The NU Hotel makes a point of being eco-friendly, using green materials such as cork flooring and lead-free paint.

Hotel le Bleu

The Hotel le Bleu is a 48-room boutique in Park Slope, Brooklyn -- near Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Designer Andres Escobar created the Bleu as a chic, no-frills luxury hotel, with clean lines, blue highlights and otherwise muted colors. Il Tetto, the hotel-owned restaurant, serves Sicilian dishes and offers views of the Brooklyn skyline. During the winter, Hotel le Bleu offers room discounts, complimentary parking and frequent flier miles to all guests.

Ravel Hotel

Just outside of Brooklyn, in Long Island City, is the Ravel Hotel. The boutique hotel offers five different kinds of rooms, each with a different layout and design element. The most lavish of these is the King Suite -- a 700-square-foot unit with two plasma televisions and a separate living room. Throughout the hotel is a running color palette of charcoal gray, burgundy, gold and white. The rooftop lounge and restaurant, Penthouse808, offers sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.

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