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Trendy and modern, with many of the amenities of a Manhattan hotel -- for a fraction of the price
Opened in early 2011, this hip Downtown Brooklyn property belongs to W Hotels’ younger and cheaper sibling, Aloft. A sleek waterfall greets guests as they enter the hotel, which is filled with edgy, colorful furniture that’s grouped in enclaves, for a feel that is more lounge than lobby. Perfumed with a signature citrus scent and bathed in sunlight -- thanks to a facade featuring double-height floor-to-ceiling windows -- the flowing ground-floor space invites guests to linger a while at the W XYZ bar, the billiard corner surrounded by art, the Re:mix snack cafe, or the dimly lit lounge and business center.
While the hotel has no restaurant -- and no room service -- the adjoining Sheraton Hotel offers prime dining options just a few paces away. The two hotels also share a small rooftop pool and Jacuzzi with retractable roof. It is up here that you’ll find Aloft’s rooftop courtyard with lounge chairs and circular beach-style sofas, and a state-of-the-art fitness center enclosed in glass.
Starting at 285 square feet, rooms at Aloft Brooklyn are larger than the average New York City hotel room -- but still not actually large. However, large windows (two in every room), modern decor, and clever use of frosted glass in the bathrooms help them feel more spacious than they are.
On a quiet side street in Downtown Brooklyn, within walking distance of several subway lines, eclectic restaurants and shops, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music
Located in the up-and-coming Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood, this hotel sits mid-block on a quiet street just a two-minute walk from the nearest subway station. Those looking to enjoy Brooklyn’s local flavor will find shopping and restaurants within easy walking distance on nearby Hoyt and Fulton streets. Also easily accessible: an art museum, botanical garden, several parks, and the borough’s famous Brooklyn Flea Market, just a few subway stops away. A 10-minute walk to the major hub, Atlantic Terminal, provides access to more subway lines for quick trips to virtually all of Manhattan’s famous sites and attractions.
Bright, modern rooms with up-to-date technology
Completed in early 2011, Aloft’s guest rooms feature all things modern -- eco-friendly wood veneer paneling, large flat-screen plasma televisions, iPod docks, smart phones, laptops, and vibrant touches like local art and colorful accent pillows. Each room includes two large windows, and several upper-story rooms and suites feature terraces with expansive views of Brooklyn with the East River and Manhattan in the distance.
Crisp white bedding, walk-in glass showers, and name-brand bath products provide a sense of luxury often missing from hotels in the same price range.
The ultra-hip Aloft Brooklyn draws adventurous travelers to one of Brooklyn's latest emerging neighborhoods with hip, edgy decor, playful amenities like a billiard table and cocktail bar, and guest rooms filled with modern conveniences -- all at a rate usually well below the Manhattan standard. But there's no on-site restaurant, and none of New York's most popular tourist sites within walking distance.