Condor Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Brooklyn, New York City, New York

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Pros

  • Fairly spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs and balconies
  • Kitchenettes with microwaves, mini-fridges and sinks in every room
  • Quiet lounge with a TV and outdoor seating
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Discounted rates at Zipcar (cars available next door)

Cons

  • Far from Manhattan attractions
  • 11-minute walk to nearest subway
  • Rooms on lower floors don’t have views

Bottom Line

The Condor is a solid mid-range hotel offering more affordable rates than other comparable Brooklyn properties. Rooms are fairly spacious and contemporary -- with flat-screen TVs, balconies and plush beds -- and all feature a kitchenette with a microwave, a mini-fridge and a sink. There’s not much in the way of amenities, but freebies such as continental breakfast and Wi-Fi, and discounted rates for Zipcar rental cars parked next door, add value. Just note that the subway is quite a hike from the hotel through an unattractive area, and that the neighborhood is not within walking distance of the Brooklyn action.

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 Scene

A contemporary hotel in a somewhat unattractive part of Brooklyn

Location might not be the highlight here -- the hotel is in a somewhat out-of-the-way area in Brooklyn -- but those looking for a clean, modern place to sleep after a long day of sightseeing will probably get good value for their money at the Condor Hotel. The property has 35 appealing rooms featuring contemporary decor, nice bathrooms with deep shower/tub combos, kitchenettes, and up-to-date technologies. With free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, and work desks in every room, the hotel is also a good pick for travelers doing business either in Lower Manhattan or in the Downtown Brooklyn area.

The hotel is light on amenities (there is no fitness center or restaurant), but there is a bright lounge with comfy couches, a TV, and a computer that guests can use at no extra charge. The outdoor patio, located in the back of the building, is great for the warm summer nights.

 Location

A short subway ride from the action in Brooklyn -- but far from Manhattan sights

Hotel Condor is located on the border of South Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhoods, two very distinct areas in Brooklyn. The streets around the hotel feel more Bed-Stuy than South Williamsburg, and are not attractive. A short subway ride puts guests in the heart of the hipster action in Williamsburg, but the nearest train is a 10-minute walk away. For other subway lines, the walk is almost 20 minutes. There are no attractions in the area, and dining and shopping are limited.

Despite the ongoing gentrification, which is bringing an influx of students and young professionals, Bed-Stuy is still considered to be a little dodgy. The streets around the hotel mostly empty out at night, as they’re lined with warehouses and industrial buildings. Access to the top Manhattan attractions is not the easiest or fastest (they’re all an average of 35 minutes away by public transportation), but those doing business in Brooklyn or willing to explore more hopping neighborhoods in this borough -- such as Williamsburg and Carroll Gardens -- may find this location convenient.

  • 20-minute drive to LaGuardia Airport
  • 30-minute drive to JFK Airport
  • 11-minute walk from the nearest subway station (G train); 18-minute walk to J and M trains connecting with Manhattan
  • 15-minute subway ride to the heart of Williamsburg
  • 24-minute bus ride to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
  • 28-minute subway ride to Carroll Gardens
  • 32-minute subway ride to Wall Street
  • 32-minute subway ride to Union Square
  • 40-minute subway ride to Times Square
  • 40-minute subway ride to Central Park
  • 40-minute subway ride to Washington Square Park
  • 40-minute subway ride to Grand Central and Bryant Park
  • 50-minute subway ride to Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • 6-minute drive to Downtown Brooklyn

 Rooms

Contemporary, spacious rooms with kitchenettes and balconies

Rooms are the highlight at this Brooklyn hotel. They’re all fairly spacious and have contemporary decor, with plush white duvets, dark woods, and green headboards. In-room technologies are modern, and include flat-screen TVs, radios with MP3 hookups, and free Wi-Fi. One of the best perks is that all rooms have a kitchenette with a microwave, an empty mini-fridge, a sink, and counter space. It might not be enough for cooking a full meal, but it’s convenient for preparing a snack or a light dinner. While all rooms have balconies, note that some of the units on the lower floors don’t have views.

  • Signature PushDreams Bed
  • 350-thread count linens
  • Pillow menu
  • Flat-screen TVs with cable channels
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Microwaves and mini-fridges in all rooms
  • Shower/tub combos in all rooms; suites have jetted tubs.
  • Hotel-brand toiletries
  • Coffeemakers with free coffee
  • Individual climate control
  • Electronic safe

 Family

Suites can fit up to five.

The hotel does not have any specific kid-friendly amenities, but it does offer a couple of suites with two twin beds, a twin pullout couch, and a separate living area with double sofa bed -- room enough for five.

  • All rooms have a kitchenette with a microwave, an empty mini-fridge, and a sink.
  • Vending machines in the lobby
  • Outdoor area where kids can play

 Services

Discount coupons for Zipcar and free Wi-Fi are the highlights.

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free use of a computer in the lounge
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Laundry/dry cleaning offered several days a week (for a fee)
  • Discounted rates at secured parking lot across the street
  • Discounted rates at Zipcar (cars available next door)
  • Outdoor patio in the back of the building
  • Elevator

 Bottom Line

The Condor is a solid mid-range hotel offering more affordable rates than other comparable Brooklyn properties. Rooms are fairly spacious and contemporary -- with flat-screen TVs, balconies and plush beds -- and all feature a kitchenette with a microwave, a mini-fridge and a sink. There’s not much in the way of amenities, but freebies such as continental breakfast and Wi-Fi, and discounted rates for Zipcar rental cars parked next door, add value. Just note that the subway is quite a hike from the hotel through an unattractive area, and that the neighborhood is not within walking distance of the Brooklyn action.

Things You Should Know About Condor Hotel

Address

  • 56 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States of America

Room Types

  • Luxury Suite
  • Plush Corner Room
  • Plush King Room
  • Plush Suite
  • Plus Twin Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 35
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Brooklyn, New York City
Address: 56 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States of America
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