Hotel Review: A family stay at Brooklyn Hilton
With thousands of hotels in New York City, I chose this hotel due to price and location and happily, we weren’t disappointed when we arrived. After a long, long flight from Sydney, Australia, friendly service and a comfortable room is a must and this hotel delivers in spades.
(It’s reassuring that upon our arrival, I noticed that the hotel is used by Qantas flight crews, some of whom we recognised from our flight. Can’t be that bad if it’s used by flight crews!)
Opened in November 2016, the Brooklyn Hilton is on the smaller side with only six floors of a condo building. However, its central location means it’s fantastic to explore Brooklyn and New York City. Bonus – the hotel is close to 11 subway lines making getting around much easier.
It’s also the opportunity to stay in Brooklyn. Being in Brooklyn gives you a different view of New York City and its residents. This is where people live, work and socialise.
Some people might question the safety of the hotel’s neighbourhood. For us, it was fine – we stayed here for six nights with an eight-year old often returning from sightseeing late in late afternoon / evening. Never once did we experience any issues. Yes, it’s a grittier location than the touristy Times Square location where we later stay, but this is a chance to experience the real NYC.
We choose a room with two queen beds. The room was large for New York and there was plenty of room to unpack our suitcases. Even though we’re on busy Schermerhorn Street, our room is really quiet and backs onto residential developments.
The bathroom is large and includes a bathtub and sufficient towels.
The site of the building was once a rope factory and as a result the hotel features rope patterns on the carpet and industrial photos like this one in the bathroom.
The hotel features a gym, small executive lounge and a self-serve convenience station at the lobby where you could grab snacks and drinks.
The front desk staff are friendly and helpful. Ask them for a neighbourhood map of Brooklyn and a subway guide. Both help in your trip planning.
We opted to include the executive lounge access in our stay. This included a complimentary breakfast with access to a breakfast buffet. The hotel also features the lobby-floor restaurant and bar Black Walnut. We didn’t eat there but noticed it was always popular when we walked through the hotel.
The executive lounge also provides evening snacks but they were pretty limited in what they offered. Most nights, it was spring rolls or other deep-fried snacks. During the day, you can grab water or soft drinks from the small countertop refrigerator or make yourself a tea or hot chocolate.
The hotel’s location close to means that you can access a variety of food places. Check out Hoyt Street for tacos,burritos and Persian food. We enjoyed stopping by Brooklyn Fare, a neighbourhood grocer which was a block away from the hotel. It was a great spot to pick up some sandwiches, drinks, fruit and salads.
What works for families
- Large well comfortable rooms.
- Central location and short walk to subway stations from which you have your choice of 11 subway lines.
- Two blocks to shopping strip with Macy’s, Foot Locker, Banana Republic, Gap Outlet Store and H&M.
- Can get to hotel easily from JFK by taking the AirTrain to Howard Beach. Then change to A train to Hoyt-Schermerhorn.
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