Are you considering taking a trip to New York City? If so, is it for business or leisure, or even a combination of both?
There is never a wrong time to visit New York City. While this statement is a popular sentiment, and to no small extent, valid, the only time in the city’s history was during the height of the COVID-19 lockdown in the first half of 2020.
The first confirmed COVID-19 case in New York State was recorded on 1 March 2020. Two days later, a second case was confirmed. From this point, the numbers started climbing. Bill de Blasio, the New York City mayor, rode the subway on 5 March 2020, stating that COVID-19 fears should not keep people off the subways.
The state and city quickly became an epicenter of the epidemic in the US. By 10 April, New York had more cases than any other country outside of the USA. New York had the highest number of infections until 22 July 2020 when California, Florida, and Texas surpassed New York.
New York State governor, Andrew Cuomo, declared a state of emergency in New York on 7 March 2020.
Fast forward to 22 March 2020, where a statewide lockdown or stay-at-home order was declared with all non-essential businesses ordered to close. And all residents were ordered to stay at home. Finally, all non-essential gatherings were either canceled or postponed.
The extent to which the virus rampaged its way through the state, overwhelming the healthcare facilities, and resulting in thousands of fatalities is not relevant to this discussion. Suffice to say, that the worst seemed to be over by 7 May 2020 when Governor Cuomo announced a statewide 4-phase reopening.
What is relevant to this discussion is that on 22 June 2020, restaurants, hotels, and other service-related industries were allowed to reopen. It is also important to note that social distancing and mask-wearing are still mandatory requirements for residents and visitors leaving their homes or temporary accommodation.
Now that the hospitality industry has been re-opened in places like Brooklyn, NYC, let’s take a look at some of the most exclusive Brooklyn boutique hotels:
1. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
This boutique hotel is a 10-story waterfront hotel. It is located 644 meters from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge Promenade. And it is on the banks of, or 322 meters from, the East River.
Each room has bed mattresses filled with a hemp blend. The beds are made up with organic sheets. And every room has a coffee machine with recyclable coffee pods.
Other offerings include communal spaces for working or relaxing, a twenty-four-hour fitness center, a grab-and-go café with menu options made from locally sourced ingredients. Finally, guests have access to a Tesla vehicle, offering complimentary rides for trips within a 4.8km radius from the hotel and subject to availability.
2. The Condor Hotel
The Condor is a high-end boutique hotel with 35 beautifully appointed suites, each with a kitchenette and a private balcony. It is situated in the historical Williamsburg district, only 20 minutes away from Downtown Manhattan, New York City’s central business district.
The hotel boasts a luxurious garden, lounge area, and meeting and events space.
Other benefits of staying at The Condor include free WIFI, satellite TV, and free calls to US numbers. There is a concierge service, free continental breakfast, including eggs, fresh fruit, yogurt, waffles, bagels, and more. Finally, there are also moderately priced parking and Zipcar rental agencies close by.
3. Wythe Hotel
This hotel is also situated in the Williamsburg district, located between McCarren Park and the waterfront. It is housed in a renovated historical building, a 1901 vintage factory. The well-known rooftop bar, Lemons, has an astounding view of the Manhattan skyline. And the local brasserie, Le Crocodile, is run by renowned chefs Jake Leiber and Aiden O’Neal.
While the rooms are not luxurious, they are well-appointed and fit the industrial theme and setting. Finally, a lot of attention has been paid to the fine details such as the fixtures, finishes, bath products, and mini-bar items.
4. The Williamsburg Hotel
Situated in the historic district of Williamsburg, this hotel is an “eight-story statement in brick, glass, and weathered steel.”
Like the Wythe Hotel, the Williamsburg has a glass-enclosed rooftop bar, The Water Tower, with amazing views of the Manhattan skyline. It also has a rooftop pool with its bar and café. As far as eateries go, this hotel also houses an Eastern Mediterranean restaurant, The Seven Seeds, that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a High Tea and brunch on the weekends.
The rooms are well-appointed, light-filled, double-volume spaces filled with furniture combined with retro-modernism and pre-war New York.
These are just four of the many boutique hotels found in Brooklyn, New York City. It does not matter whether you are traveling to NYC for business or leisure; you’ll find the perfect hotel that suits both your budget and lifestyle.