For a real dose of Brooklyn, it doesn’t get more authentic than The Box House Hotel. This former door factory now houses 57 apartment-style rooms designed by local Brooklynite, Kip Jacobs, who happens to be friends with the owners. The spacious rooms/lofts (some sleep six) attract families, couples and those conducting business -- think film crews. Modern kitchens and free extras include bottled water and coffee, rides within a mile-and-a-half radius, and use of the cool fitness center. This is a hidden gem for those seeking breathing room and easy access to Manhattan.
A stylish home-away-from-home with peaceful environs
The entrance of this cute and boxy (pun intended) property is framed by three vintage checker cabs -- lined up like ducks in a row -- from the 1970s. It's clear even before stepping inside that this hotel has personality, and the lobby delivers with cozy seating arrangements, interesting antiques, and vibrant colors. Though it's trendy, don’t expect a Brooklyn hipster crowd or party scene. The apartment-style accommodations make for quiet family-friendly surroundings.
A safe residential street in gentrifying Greenpoint
The former factory is situated on a quiet spot -- Box Street -- tucked away next to the Pulaski Bridge. There’s not much action in the immediate area, and pedestrians seem to be as infrequent as cars passing by. Greenpoint is the northernmost area of Brooklyn; guests can check out the growing number of bars and restaurants in the neighborhood by foot or car, or continue south towards Williamsburg for more selection. The Pulaski Bridge, which has a staircase next to the hotel, leads to Long Island City in Queens. The 7 Train, right over the bridge and about an eight-minute walk away, will deliver passengers to Grand Central Station in just one stop.
Spacious rooms (some with lofts) have hardwood oak floors, huge windows, modern kitchens and high ceilings. There are several room types to choose from, including Two Bedroom suites that can sleep six, or more romantic options such as the Duplex Loft Suite. The decor epitomizes Brooklyn cool: There are modern furnishings, antiques, and special touches such filament light bulbs and large block letters spelling FUTURE. The third floor City View Duplex comes with a spacious 200-square-foot private terrace and has stunning views of Manhattan.
Free rides around the borough and a cool fitness center
The main lobby, added in 2013, offers a 24-hour business center with large Apple monitors and free Wi-Fi. Also on the first level is a fitness center featuring funky mirrors, a dry sauna, steam showers and laundry facilities. An on-site restaurant is in the works as of March 2014, but until then, staff will help arrange grocery or wine delivery. For those looking to hit the town, the defining character trait of the property is a ride in one of the three vintage checker cabs (during winter months, a BMW sedan will have to do). Peter Luger falls within radius and is commonly considered the best steakhouse in the city.
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