The brooklyn bridge at night by Katie Hinkle

Where to Stay in Brooklyn by Neighborhood (Budget to Luxury)

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Looking for where to stay in Brooklyn during your visit to NYC? Look no further, we have picked out the best places to stay in Brooklyn by neighborhood, budget, and type of traveler breaking down each neighborhood’s best options from budget to luxury and hotels to apartments on Airbnb including all the best nearby attractions as well as the distance to popular NYC attractions by subway.

We want to make planning your visit a breeze with our easy to follow guide for places to stay in Brooklyn. From luxury 5-star hotels with killer rooftop bars and pools with views of the NYC skyline to the coziest Airbnb rentals in the most charming Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Use our Table of Contents below to help easily navigate through this guide. And be sure to check our guide for what to pack for Brooklyn to make sure you come prepared!

Also, if you only want to look at Airbnb listings we have some picked in this guide as well as a guide to the best Airbnbs in Brooklyn.

Places to Stay in Brooklyn

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Table of Contents
    1. DUMBO
    2. Williamsburg
    3. Downtown Brooklyn
    4. Park Slope
    5. Gowanus
    6. Greenpoint
    7. Bushwick

DUMBO

Manhattan Bridge and Empire State Building view in DUMBO BrooklynProbably the most popular place for where to stay in Brooklyn is DUMBO. This gorgeous neighborhood is easily one of the most popular things to do in Brooklyn and in NYC thanks to its waterfront location on the East River overlooking the beautiful NYC city skyline and the ending points of both the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge.

DUMBO is one of the most accessible points to getting in and out of Manhattan and offers arguably the best views in the city. This is where you can find some great luxury places to stay in Brooklyn with killer rooftops and rooms with sweeping views of the city.

This is not going to be one of the more affordable places to stay in Brooklyn, so if you’re on a budget you will want to keep on searching.

This is also a great option for some amazing Airbnb rentals too, for more options than listed below be sure to check out our entire guide for where to stay in DUMBO.

For the purpose of this guide for where to stay in Brooklyn, we are also going to include Brooklyn Heights with our DUMBO recommendations as they are very close to one another.

Nearby Attractions:

Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Time Out Market, Brooklyn Bridge Park

We also recommend exploring the historic Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, Vinegar Hill, and nearby Brooklyn Navy Yard if you’re staying in this area and wanting to do some local exploring.

Distance to Popular Spots by Subway:
  • Brooklyn Bridge  ~ 0 minutes
  • Wall Street & One World Trade Center  ~20 minutes 
  • Times Square & Broadway Theater District ~25 minutes
  • Empire State Building ~25 minutes
  • Central Park ~40-45 minutes
  • Coney Island ~60 minutes

*Check the East River Ferry as well for getting around easily to various stops along the East River including Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan (Wall Street).

Ideas for how to spend time in DUMBO

Where to Stay in Brooklyn: DUMBO

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$$$ 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

This is one of the best places to stay in Brooklyn for luxury or business travelers looking to stay right by the waterfront with easy access to Manhattan with gorgeous views of the city.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is also home to Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge, one of the most popular rooftop bars and restaurants in the city and guests can access the rooftop pool as well.

This 5-star hotel comes equipped with the bar/lounge, room service, complimentary wifi, and industrial-chic rooms. Also, 1 Hotel is also home to one of the best spots for brunch in DUMBO as well as one of the best rooftop bars in DUMBO.

You can choose rooms that have views of the Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO, Statue of Liberty, or the NYC skyline.

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$ The Tillary Hotel

The Tillary is one of the best places to stay in Brooklyn in DUMBO if you’re on a budget, budget for staying in this neighborhood that is.

The Tillary Hotel is located right between Downtown Brooklyn and all the action and attractions in DUMBO. Enjoy your view of the Manhattan Bridge in the distance right outside your hotel in this epic location.

The Tillary provides a café, a bar, and even an outdoor terrace. The Tillary also offers complimentary wifi, 24/7 from desk, and soundproof windows (which can be a huge help when staying in NYC) with stylish rooms offering designer toiletries and fine Italian linens.

Besides having incredible views, you can find a great lobby lounge and beer garden here for a fantastic spot to hang out steps away from your room.

There is parking on the property as well for an added fee.

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$$$ DUMBO Airbnb: Luxury Flat with Balcony & View in DUMBO

This luxury flat with a balcony and amazing view and Airbnb property is situated on the fourth floor of a brand new building in one of DUMBO’s more quiet streets, and a great place to stay in Brooklyn if you’re looking to be in the heart of it all, easy access to everything to do in NYC, and stay in a luxury residential apartment.

It features a single and spacious bedroom that is fitted with a queen-sized bed. Its living room is just as spacious and is elegantly furnished with tasteful wooden chairs and tables. The walls are painted a delicate white and adorned with interesting paintings and sculptings.

Besides being tastefully decorated, there is a private balcony where you can enjoy a meal or a drink with a friend while marveling at the beautiful views of Brooklyn and even a peek at the city skyline.

Imagine sitting out there in the evening as the sun sets and the light it casts plays brilliantly on the skyline listening to all the sounds of the city on your private patio.

You will have the entire space to yourself and although the flat is located on the fourth floor, an elevator is provided so you can skip the stairs. Book on Airbnb

$$$ DUMBO Airbnb: Luxury DUMBO Penthouse

For another upscale option for where to stay in Brooklyn that feels like your own home here in the city, this luxury penthouse that’s been featured in the NY Times is an awesome option.

Its design is exquisite and innovative, which is one of the reasons it recently found a feature in the architectural section of the New York Times.

It is absolutely massive and is a piece of artwork with tons of indoor space and roof decks that you can walk about on and enjoy breathtaking views of the skyline.

The unique master bedroom features a king-sized bed, and the master bathroom features a giant, two-person walk-in shower.

There are so many design details you can really appreciate in this penthouse from the gorgeous wallpaper on the walls, the woodwork on the floors, and the gorgeous furnishings.

Being the penthouse, there is an elevator available to take you up and down as you require. This apartment is located in a convenient part of the DUMBO neighborhood and is only two blocks away from the popular F-train. Book on Airbnb

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Williamsburg

Mona Lisa of Williamsburg by Steven Paul Brooklyn mural and bridge

Another one of the most popular places for where to stay in Brooklyn is Williamsburg. Located right on the waterfront of the East River and overlooking Manhattan and the gorgeous city skyline you have some incredible options from luxury hotels with amazing rooftops to Airbnb rentals.

In our opinion, this is where you can find the best hotels in Brooklyn. Because of the trendy boutique hotels and luxury hotels in this neighborhood, there are less affordable options for where to stay in Brooklyn here, that being said, there are a few mid range options that aren’t too bad, so if you’re on a budget be sure to skip the trendy/famous hotels an opt for some of our mid-range options or an Airbnb rental.

Because this is another great waterfront area of Brooklyn to stay in, you can bet you’ll have amazing views of the city as well as easy access points into Manhattan and some of the most iconic tourist attractions and things to see in the city.

Williamsburg is a very trendy neighborhood and dubbed as the hipster capital of the city. You’ll find alot of cool independent shops here, trendy designer shops, great bars, restaurants, and tons of awesome street art and murals.

Don’t miss Domino Park here either, the waterfront park in Brooklyn at the site of the old Domino Sugar refinery. The entire park is built around the ruins of the factory too and is quite picturesque with stunning skyline views of the city.

This is great for anyone hoping to enjoy some nightlife, shop, and have easy access to the city.

Nearby Attractions:

Domino Park, McCarren Park, Bushwick Inlet Park, Brooklyn Brewery, Williamsburg Bridge, shopping, street art, nightlife

Being in Williamsburg also means you’re close to all the attractions in both Bushwick and Greenpoint as well, which are two popular neighborhoods to explore as well.

Distance to Popular Spots by Subway:
  • Brooklyn Bridge  ~ 30 minutes
  • Wall Street & One World Trade Center  ~20-25 minutes 
  • Times Square & Broadway Theater District ~25 minutes
  • Empire State Building ~25 minutes
  • Central Park ~40 minutes
  • Coney Island ~60 minutes

*Check the East River Ferry as well for getting around easily to various stops along the East River including DUMBO, Greenpoint, and Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan (Wall Street).

Ideas for how to spend time in Williamsburg

Where to Stay in Brooklyn: Williamsburg

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$$$ William Vale Hotel

The William Vale Hotel is one of the best luxury options for where to stay in Brooklyn offering amazing views from this high rise building of the NYC city skyline in the trendy neighborhood of Williamsburg.

The William Vale Hotel is respectfully rated 5-stars. The rooms are stylish and modern and we highly recommend getting a room with a balcony or wraparound balcony for enchanting views of the city.

The rooftop bar, Westlight, is reason enough to stay here or at least visit. There is also a high-end Italian restaurant and a 60-foot long pool that is considered the longest pool in the city. If you can’t stay here for any reason, you can buy a day pass to get rooftop pool access.

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$ Hotel Le Jolie

This 3-star hotel is a great place to stay in Brooklyn in Williamsburg located only a short walk away from the Metropolitan Avenue Subway Station as well as from the shops along Bedford Avenue making it a great location to explore all the amazing things to do in the area as well as easy access to getting around the city.

Continental breakfast and free wifi are some of the perks in this European-style hotel. This hotel provides free on-site parking on a first come first serve basis with a fantastic location to explore the best of Williamsburg.

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$$$ The Williamsburg Hotel

The Williamsburg Hotel is one of the trendiest hotels for a trendy neighborhood sitting at eight stories high and has 147 rooms. Located on Wythe Avenue, this hotel is also walking distance away from many nearby shops and restaurants on Bedford Avenue.

The rooms are brilliantly decorated with custom decor, large windows with natural light, views of the city, designer toiletries, and some even have balconies with some of the best views Brooklyn and the city has to offer.

Besides being in a great location, The Williamsburg Hotel also has a stylish rooftop pool with incredible views of the city! The rooftop pool is one of the best in the city!

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$$ The Hoxton

Another stylish, boutique hotel that is a great place to stay in Brooklyn in Williamsburg is the Hoxton. Like most of the other hotels mentioned in this neighborhood, this is another hotel that has a killer rooftop with amazing city views as well as a pool.

Located in a former factory building, this screams Brooklyn industrial revival. You can find individually designed industrial-chic rooms with gorgeous brass and concrete details with en suite bathrooms. Choose between rooms with views of Manhattan or rooms with views of Brooklyn.

They off complimentary breakfast bags and there are 3 restaurants and bars located on the property, one being located on the outdoor terrace with city views.

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$$ Williamsburg Airbnb: Unique 2 Bedroom Apartment in the Center of Williamsburg

This is a great place to stay in Brooklyn in trendy Williamsburg if you’re looking for your own apartment. This beautifully decorated apartment will feel like your home away from home while you’re visiting.

You get the entire apartment that sleeps up to 4 guests with two bedrooms and one bathroom. Enjoy the spacious high ceilings and large windows for nice, natural sunlight.

There’s a fully equipped kitchen so you have options to cook meals just like home here.

You’re only a 5-minute walk to the nearest subway and just a short walk to where all the action is in this neighborhood like shopping, dining, and nightlife. Book on Airbnb

$ Williamsburg Airbnb: Artist 2 Bedroom Loft

This apartment and lovely Airbnb rental is one of the best places to stay in Brooklyn on a budget if you want to stay in Williamsburg. You get the entire apartment to yourself, which can sleep up to 5 guests with 2 separate bedrooms and 1 bathroom while being incredibly spacious.

Enjoy the open kitchen if you want to cook a meal and enjoy the location which is just walking distance to the best things to do in Williamsburg and easy to get in and out of Manhattan. This is a great location and quality for the price you pay. Book on Airbnb

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Downtown Brooklyn

Brooklyn Academy of Music BAM

Downtown Brooklyn is one of the best places to stay in Brooklyn if you’re attending any events in Brooklyn at Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), needing to come to Long Island University here in Brooklyn, or need a centrally based spot in the borough that’s an easy access point to just about anywhere else in the city.

Because of Atlantic Terminal here, you can pretty much get anywhere easily by the subway as well as the Long Island Railroad (LIRR).

What’s great about this area is you can find some really great affordable hotels for where to stay in Brooklyn here.

You’re just a short walk to some great dining options in Fort Greene and Fort Greene Park as well as DeKalb Market where you can find tons of great dining options in their food hall and shopping.

For the purposes of this guide, we are going to also include Fort Greene and Boerum Hill with Downtown Brooklyn due to their close proximity.

Nearby Attractions:

Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Long Island University, Brooklyn Tabernacle, DeKalb Market, Fort Greene Park, Junior’s Cheesecake

Distance to Popular Spots by Subway:
  • Brooklyn Bridge  ~ 15 minutes
  • Wall Street & One World Trade Center  ~20 minutes 
  • Times Square & Broadway Theater District ~25 minutes
  • Empire State Building ~25 minutes
  • Central Park ~40 minutes
  • Coney Island ~40 minutes
Ideas for how to spend time in Downtown Brooklyn

Where to Stay in Brooklyn: Downtown Brooklyn

$ Aloft New York Brooklyn

This three-star hotel is located in Downtown Brooklyn on Duffield St and is less than a 2 minute walk to Hoyt Street subway station.

You can find standard rooms with chic decor featuring desks with ergonomic chairs for those who have to work while on the road. Be sure to enjoy the rooftop bar while you’re staying here for great views of Downtown Brooklyn.

This hotel also offers a fitness center, an indoor pool, a bar and lounge, coffee shops, and is pet friendly.

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$$ Sheraton Hotel Brooklyn

Also located on Duffield St, this is another great place to stay in Brooklyn if you’re looking for a nice spot Downtown. This Sheraton property is a 4-star hotel and includes spa services, a Mexican American restaurant, rooftop bar and lounge with views of downtown, indoor pool, a coffee shop, fitness centers, a pool, to name a few of the amenities on site.

The hotel is conveniently located less than a 2-minute walk from Hoyt Street Subway Station making it easy to get around the city as well as around a 15-minute walk to Barclay’s Center.

The rooms are modern and offer work areas with ergonomic chairs for our business travelers. You can upgrade to a suite with a separate living room area and club room upgrades provide access to the lounge and complimentary breakfast, day snacks, and evening appetizers.

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$$ Airbnb: Cozy Fort Greene Apartment with Garden

If you’re looking for a more homey vibe, check out this studio garden apartment in Fort Greene, just a short walk to Downtown Brooklyn.

This listing is located in a Victorian townhouse and is hidden away in Fort Greene. It’s great for a couple or even if you’re traveling alone and looking for a nice space with a garden. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the backyard garden as well. Book on Airbnb.

$$ Airbnb: Gorgeous Brownstone 2 Bedroom Apartment

This beautiful private 2 bedroom apartment in a historic brownstone on a quiet tree-lined street is the perfect place to stay in Brooklyn in Fort Greene right next to Downtown Brooklyn.

This apartment can sleep up to 5 people in the top floor of this 4 story building. Please be aware that you will have to walk up 3 flights of stairs to stay at this apartment in this historic, pre-war building. Book on Airbnb.

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Park Slope

dog walking in the beautiful historic district of park slope brooklyn

One of the best under the radar areas for where to stay in Brooklyn for visitors is the charming neighborhood full of brownstones in Park Slope. This is considered one of the most desirable neighborhoods to live in the city and while it seems like it’s far away from NYC attractions in Manhattan, that’s deceiving because Park Slope had plenty of subway stops and subway lines that make it really quick and easy to get where you need to go.

Better yet, Park Slope has a bustling dining and shopping scene on both 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue and is not a far walk or journey to Downtown Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center. Better yet, you can enjoy all there is to do in and near Prospect Park, designed by the same architects as Central Park, as Park Slope takes up one of the borders of the perimeter of the park.

This is a great place to stay in Brooklyn if you’re looking for a quiet neighborhood, looking to stay more residential, and want to experience what living in one of the most coveted neighborhoods in the city.

And as we mentioned before, the subway lines that run through here couldn’t make it any easier to get around the city. Plus, this is a great area to stay in if you want to explore some of Brooklyn’s popular neighborhoods for dining, nightlife, and arts in Gowanus and one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city like Carroll Gardens.

There aren’t as many hotels in Park Slope as it’s residential, but there are some great Airbnb options to make you feel like you’re a local in some of the most breathtaking brownstones in the city.

Nearby Attractions:

Barclay’s Center, Old Stone House, 5th Avenue Shopping & Dining (Brooklyn), 7th Avenue Shopping & Dining, Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park Zoo

Distance to Popular Spots by Subway:
  • Brooklyn Bridge  ~ 15 minutes
  • Wall Street & One World Trade Center  ~25 minutes 
  • Times Square & Broadway Theater District ~25 minutes
  • Empire State Building ~30 minutes
  • Central Park ~45 minutes
  • Coney Island ~35 minutes
Ideas for how to spend time in Park Slope

Where to Stay in Brooklyn: Park Slope

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$ Hotel Le Bleu

Hotel Le Bleu is a great option for where to stay in Brooklyn in Park Slope directly across the historic Old Stone House. In a quiet location in Park Slope, this Art Deco Hotel offers sophisticated and comfortable rooms with free self-parking, which is a dream come true when you’re trying to find parking anywhere in Brooklyn or New York City.

This 3-star hotel in Park Slope has a beautiful terrace with a lovely view of Brooklyn on the property as well as a 24-hour business center, fitness center, and complimentary breakfast and snacks throughout the day.

The rooms at this relaxed boutique Park Slope hotel are brightly decorated with floor to ceiling windows. Some of the rooms on the higher levels even offer rooms with city views of Manhattan.

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$$ Airbnb: Modern & Bright 2 Bedroom Apartment

This is one of the most beautiful apartments and best places to stay in Brooklyn if you’re wanting to stay in a historic brownstone. This modern 2 bedroom apartment takes up the entire top floor of a 3 story brownstone with two large bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, and a comfortable living area all newly renovated and can comfortably sleep up to 4-6 people.

The best part? We are huge fans of the terrace overlooking the garden. Book on Airbnb.

$ Airbnb: Private Park Slope Hideaway

This is a great option for where to stay in Brooklyn in Park Slope if you’re on a budget and looking for a cozy little spot perfect for couples or up to 2 people. This private studio apartment has its own separate entrance and a backyard patio garden, which is golden for dining outside or hanging out on a beautiful day/evening.

This listing is close to the edge where Gowanus and Park Slope neighborhoods meet and just a short walk to a few subway stops, including 4th Avenue Subway which runs the G, R, & F subway lines.

Note that this property requires guests who can go down a flight of stairs to the lower level where this apartment is located.

Book on Airbnb.

$$ Airbnb: Modern Garden Beauty in Park Slope Historic District

This is the perfect place to stay in Brooklyn if you’re looking to be in one of the most gorgeous parts of the borough right next to Prospect Park in the Park Slope Historic District in a breathtaking brownstone, better yet, this is only 2 blocks away from the F & G trains which can get you in and out of the city in a breeze.

Located in one of the most highly coveted locations in Brooklyn along Prospect Park, this historic building with old world charm is anything but old on the inside. This modern 1 bedroom apartment can accommodate up to 4 guests with a King bed in the bedroom and a pull out sofa in the living area.

This property also has a baby crib for guests traveling with a young one. Other amenities include a fully equipped kitchen including a Breville Vertuo Coffee & Espresso machine and even a wine fridge. Book on Airbnb.

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Gowanus

Gowanus mural on 9th street in brooklyn

One of the quickest changing neighborhoods and places to stay in Brooklyn is the industrial neighborhood of Gowanus. This former industrious area is quickly gentrifying and becoming one of the largest enclaves of artsy and entrepreneurs in the city. Bordering the two pretty, residential brownstone filled neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens and Park Slope you will find this is also a convenient area to stay if you want to explore Brooklyn and get into Manhattan pretty easily via the subway.

You’ll find a great dining and nightlife scene in Gowanus as well as some great budget options to stay. We recommend this spot for people looking to stay in a more affordable accommodation or looking to enjoy some of Brooklyn’s nightlife.

Nearby Attractions:

The Bell House, Old Stone House, activities in Park Slope, Barclay’s Center, activities in Carroll Gardens

Distance to Popular Spots by Subway:
  • Brooklyn Bridge  ~ 25 minutes
  • Wall Street & One World Trade Center  ~25-30 minutes 
  • Times Square & Broadway Theater District ~30-40 minutes
  • Empire State Building ~30-35 minutes
  • Central Park ~45 minutes
  • Coney Island ~35 minutes
Ideas for how to spend time in Gowanus

Where to Stay in Brooklyn: Gowanus

Carroll Street Bridge in Gowanus Brooklyn

$ La Quinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham Brooklyn Downtown

La Quinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham Brooklyn Downtown is an excellent choice for where to stay in Brooklyn in Gowanus that is also a great spot if you’re looking to explore Park Slope and Downtown Brooklyn.

This hotel also has beautiful rooms full of bright colors and artistic designs as well as pet-friendly rooms, so you don’t have to leave your furry friends at home.

They contain a variety of useful amenities including a coffee maker, ironing amenities, and pillow-top mattresses.

The hotel offers free complimentary breakfast with waffles, fruit, yogurt, and more. There’s also paid parking on a limited basis. Furthermore, this hotel has a business center, a sundries/mart, and guest laundry facilities.

Additionally, they are located only four blocks from 4th Avenue Subway Station and one mile from Prospect Park.

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$ Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is another great option and place to stay in Brooklyn in Gowanus.

This particular hotel features a stunningly beautiful atrium lobby and a rooftop terrace that provides gorgeous views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines. Many of their bright rooms provide spectacular views of the city.

Fairfield Inn is pet-friendly and offers free, complimentary breakfasts with omelets, bacon, and mini waffles. There’s also a fitness center and meeting facilities for your next big event.

Guests arriving by vehicle have access to paid parking.

This hotel is also a short, 6-minute walk away from the Union Street Subway Station.

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$ Union Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection

Another stylish place to stay in Brooklyn in Gowanus is The Union Hotel. This casual, budget-friendly choice for travelers in a former industrial building screams everything that Gowanus is.

Its rooms feature rustic wood flooring, penny-tiled bathrooms, and art deco chandeliers. There are also high ceilings that have been painted by famed graffiti artists.

Each room contains private baths with glass-enclosed showers. Additional amenities include a fitness center, a meeting room, and free breakfast.

Moreover, this hotel is in a convenient location that’s close to several nearby attractions. It’s only a 4-minute walk to the Union Street Subway Station.

It’s also just a short walk to Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Tabernacle.

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$ Holiday Inn Express New York-Brooklyn

The Holiday Inn Express New York-Brooklyn is one of the best options for where to stay in Brooklyn in Gowanus if you’re looking for a comfortable budget option. This pet-friendly hotel is only 5 blocks from Prospect Park in Park Slope and contains a variety of impressive amenities.

Foremost among these amenities is its free breakfast buffet. Wake up to your choice of fruits, cereals, and pastries. They also claim to have the world’s best tasting cinnamon roll.

The rooms themselves are truly incredible as well. Many of them offer jacuzzis and terrific views of Downtown Brooklyn. They also have CD/DVD players, bedside outlets, and separate vanity areas.

Once again, this hotel is only a short walk from Union Street Subway, and it’s right across the street from the famous Dinosaur’s BBQ.

If that’s not what you’re looking for, 5th Avenue contains over 200 restaurants and is only a block away.

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Greenpoint

NY Ferry in Greenpoint Brooklyn

Like Williamsburg and DUMBO, one of the best places to stay in Brooklyn for views of the city skyline is along the East River. Greenpoint is the northernmost neighborhood of Brooklyn before Queens along the river with incredible views of Manhattan with easy access to Queens, Manhattan, and all of Brooklyn via the subway and NYC ferry services.

Greenpoint has tons of great dining options, waterfront views of the city, nightlife, and shopping. Better yet, you can easily access all the best things to do in Williamsburg from here too as these two neighborhoods border one another and its an easy walk to the best of that neighborhood as well.

Nearby Attractions:

WNYC Transmitter Park, Domino Park, Williamsburg Bridge, Brooklyn Brewery, McCarren Park, Bushwick Inlet Park, activities in Long Island City in Queens, activities in Williamsburg & East Williamsburg

Distance to Popular Spots by Subway:
  • Brooklyn Bridge  ~ 40 minutes
  • Wall Street & One World Trade Center  ~40 minutes 
  • Times Square & Broadway Theater District ~25 minutes
  • Empire State Building ~25 minutes
  • Central Park ~40 minutes
  • Coney Island ~60 minutes

*Check the East River Ferry as well for getting around easily to various stops along the East River including DUMBO, Williamsburg, and Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan (Wall Street).

Ideas for how to spend time in Greenpoint

Where to Stay in Brooklyn: Greenpoint

mural at Transmitter Park in Greenpoint Brooklyn

$$ HENRY NORMAN HOTEL

This cool hotel is a great choice for where to stay in Brooklyn in the fun neighborhood of Greenpoint. This unique hotel is located in a former warehouse from the 19th century and has a really fun interior.

Each of the rooms is designed with eclectic decor and unique furnishings all with that modern industrial look. Upgraded rooms offer sitting areas, kitchens, extra bedrooms, and even roof decks for an amazing view and place to relax outdoors.

The hotel also offers a fitness center and sauna. You’re just a 15-minute walk to McCarren Park and a 10-minute walk to the nearest subway station.

One of the best parts about staying here is that its a very quiet area, so getting rest in the big city is pretty easy.

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$ THE BOX HOUSE HOTEL

Another cool boutique hotel and option for where to stay in Brooklyn on a budget without sacrificing quality in Greenpoint is The Box House Hotel located in a quiet area of the neighborhood in a converted former factory building conveniently located next to the Pulaski Bridge that connects Greenpoint, Brooklyn to Long Island City, Queens.

Each of the rooms are uniquely decorated with works by local artists in each of the rooms. We love that each room is different and has its own flair and characteristics about each one. Better yet, you can get a room with a balcony offering great views.

There are also larger room options that are 1 to 2 bedroom apartments fully equipped with their own kitchens, living rooms, and sitting areas, as well as pull out couches for groups or families.

The property also has a restaurant and bar if you’re wanting to dine close to your room as well as a gym, sauna, and steam room for guests.

What’s great is that you’re less than a 10-minute walk to Greenpoint Avenue subway station too.

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Bushwick

wall of several colorful murals in Bushwick

One of the coolest places to stay in Brooklyn if you love street art, Hispanic dining, and some of the best nightlife is Bushwick. This neighborhood is famous for the Bushwick Collective, an outdoor open air gallery of colorful murals from artists all over the world.

This neighborhood neighbors Williamsburg, another one of the best places to stay in Brooklyn for people looking for nightlife, great shopping, and waterfront views of the city as mentioned earlier in this guide as well as Bedford-Stuyvesant aka Bed-Stuy.

If you love the nightlife, this is a buzzing neighborhood for it including the home of the famous club, House of Yes which throws some of the best-themed parties with full-on performers and is considered one of the best venues for nightlife and clubs in the world.

You can find some nice budget accommodations here and this is a good area to find a good Airbnb if you’re looking for an apartment to stay in.

For the purpose of this guide, we are including Bed-Stuy accommodations as well in this section.

Nearby Attractions:

Bushwick Collective, House of Yes, Williamsburg attractions, nightlife

Distance to Popular Spots by Subway:
  • Brooklyn Bridge  ~ 45 minutes
  • Wall Street & One World Trade Center  ~35 minutes 
  • Times Square & Broadway Theater District ~35 minutes
  • Empire State Building ~35 minutes
  • Central Park ~60 minutes
  • Coney Island ~70 minutes
Ideas for how to spend time in Bushwick

Where to Stay in Brooklyn: Bushwick

House of Yes in Bushwick Brooklyn

$ Hotel RL Brooklyn

A great budget option a place to stay in Brooklyn in Bushwick and the border of Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) is this 3-star option right next to the subway station (keep this in mind if you’re a sensitive sleeper as you will likely hear the train).

This hip hotel offers modern and minimally designed rooms decorated with art, their standard rooms can sleep up to 3 guests with added daybeds.

On-site, you can enjoy their cafe with picnic tables and cuisine inspired by the PNW region of the US. Don’t miss the rooftop lounge in the warmer months and there’s also live entertainment at their event space on site.

This is also a pet-friendly option if you’re traveling with a furry friend.

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$$ Artel Hotel

This is one of the best places to stay in Brooklyn if you’re looking to stay in a hotel as vibrant as the colorful walls of the Bushwick Collective. Located on the border of Bed-Stuy and Bushwick, this modern hotel is decked out with murals and a short 5-minute walk to the nearest subway station.

You can find a range of rooms here including dorm style shared rooms for budget travelers and minimalist designed private hotel rooms with balconies overlooking the neighborhood.

There are also regular art exhibitions and events happening here, a chic bar, game room, and coworking space for those who need to work on the road.

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$ Airbnb: 2 Bed Loft Style Apartment in Bushwick

This is one of the best places to stay if you’re on a budget and in need for a two-bedroom apartment that can sleep up to 4 guests here in the heart of Bushwick.

This spacious loft-style apartment is just a 1-minute walk to the nearest subway station and a short walk to the nearby clubs, restaurants, bars, and shops.

There’s a fully equipped kitchen in this space located on the second floor of this building making it a comfortable home away from home. Book on Airbnb.

$ Airbnb: Bright 3 Bedroom Apartment in the Heart of Bushwick

Another awesome choice for where to stay in Brooklyn in the heart of Bushwick is this gorgeous 3 bedroom apartment in the heart of the neighborhood that can sleep up to 6 guests. This is a great deal for a place this size, especially if you’re splitting the cost with friends.

This unit is newly renovated, so it feels new and modern with updated appliances and gorgeous hardwood floors. You can take advantage of the fully equipped kitchen and spacious living room to feel like your home away from home and a bit roomier than most NYC city apartments.

You can find many cafes, restaurants, and bars within walking distance as well as steps away from the colorful murals of the Bushwick Collective. Book on Airbnb.

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