From left, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, the William Vale, the Williamsburg Hotel

Brooklyn Beds

For a change of pace from Manhattan, book a hotel in this booming borough, where three luxury properties have opened since the fall.

BY DON NICHOLS

1 HOTEL BROOKLYN BRIDGE
You'll find this eco-conscious, 194-room hotel at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Developers built it to meet LEED guidelines; for example, 100 percent of its energy comes from wind power. Each sleek-looking room features a floor-to-ceiling sliding window that converts the space into an open-air den with a city view. Local artisans produced many of the in-room design features, such as the open-slotted wood closets. The lobby café sources many of its food products from local purveyors, as well. Still to come: a main restaurant, small rooftop pool, a lounge with Manhattan views, and a spa. From $350. 877-803-1111; 1hotels.com/brooklyn-bridge

THE WILLIAM VALE

At this 183-room high-rise in the Williamsburg neighborhood, Manhattan residents on mini staycations account for 20 percent of weekend business, according to general manager Sebastien Maingourd. The hotel's many resort-style amenities, including a 60-foot outdoor pool, a 15,000-square-foot urban park with benches overlooking the Manhattan skyline, and a rooftop bar with 360-degree views of the city, help draw the locals. The property has a bright, hip feel with eye-catching art by Brooklyn artists in the public spaces and rooms and a progressive design featuring a color palette of white, blond, and gray. Dine on Southern Italian cuisine at Leuca, the hotel's main restaurant. From $319. 718-631-8400; thewilliamvale.com

THE WILLIAMSBURG HOTEL

Developers of this 150-room high-rise a short walk from the William Vale honored the area's industrial past by using brick, glass, and Corten steel intricately in the construction and design. You enter on the street level, then walk down a cascading staircase to a small lobby area and a handsome bar with a loftlike look, thanks to its brick walls, high ceilings, and exposed ductwork. The hotel plans to open a grain-and-vegetable-based restaurant adjacent to the bar this summer. Also to come: a pool and a second bar, both on the rooftop. Compact rooms have lots of character, with whitewashed timber or distressed gray walls, art deco-inspired furniture, and brightly colored subway tiles in the bathrooms. From $295. 718-362-8100; thewilliamsburghotel.com

 

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