The Box House Hotel lives in a converted factory tucked onto a quiet, industrial corner at the end of Greenpoint. The grey hues of urban Brooklyn give way to an explosion of color and quirky style when you step inside the expansive property. Their wide range of accommodations mean options for everyone and their duplex lofts with kitchens offer the perfect mix of AirBnB freedom and hotel convenience. A nice, casual option for those who prefer to stay far from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you are in New York to see all of the classic sites, then this may not be the spot for you; it is not particularly convenient for any of the city's tourist destination spots.
The rooms vary from simple Queen size to Duplex Loft Suites complete with small kitchen; a great option if you are here for a longer stay and want to settle in. All of the rooms have a homey feel; like staying in the spare room of your friend's Brooklyn loft. The style is ramshackle; classic mid-century modern pieces are mixed with eclectic art and superfluous retro artifacts like old typewriters and cameras. The aesthetic is closer to trendy hostel than slick hotel but hardwood floors and a comfortable bed help the room to feel pleasant nonetheless.
Complimentary tea, coffee and chocolates add to the homey vibes.
Bathrooms are simple and modern with white and grey tiling, and plenty of counter space. Dispensers in the shower provide shower gel, shampoo and conditioner infused with essential oils. However, the soap by the sink was a cheap liquid soap that looked like it came from the local deli. The shower, which is in the tub, is decent and there are plentiful towels.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The lighting is bright and harsh; not great for a relaxing bath.
Large and open, the lobby is decorated with bright colors and eclectic, thrift store finds. The effect is quirky, bordering on gaudy. There is a comfortable lounging area with newspapers and magazines, water dispenser, board games and two computers.
An ATM in the lobby is a handy convenience in an area without nearby banks.
The fitness center, just off the lobby, features a selection of equipment as well as steam showers and a dry sauna. The wall is decorated with small, framed mirrors, an extension of the thrift store aesthetic which runs through the hotel.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The room is lined with windows which look out onto the lobby; good if you enjoy people watching, but not ideal if you prefer to workout with privacy.
The Brooklyn Lantern restaurant opens onto the lobby and offers American classics such as burgers, pizza, and nachos in a laid back environment.
The bar sits within the Brooklyn Lantern Restaurant and offers craft beers, creative cocktails and a simple wine list.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The TV above the bar feels more sports bar than classic hotel bar.
This is the place to stay if you enjoy exploring on foot; Greenpoint is a nice area to stroll around, as is nearby Williamsburg. The nearest subway stations are the G train at Greenpoint Ave (9-minute walk) and the 7 train at Vernon Blvd-Jackson Ave (12-minute walk). The hotel offers a complimentary car service which shuttles you within a mile of the hotel in classic 1970s classic cabs.
Glasserie (3-minute walk) is an atmospheric spot with creative Mediterranean food. Low lighting and fragrant dishes designed for sharing make this the perfect place to indulge. Alameda (9-minute walk) is a charming neighborhood spot with great cocktails and classic American food; their burger in particular is amazin. Five Leaves (22-minute walk) is a fun, popular spot at all hours; great coffee, delicious brunch and romantic dinners.
Achilles Heel is a cute, old fashioned bar inspired by the old dock-workers bars of the 1900s. Walk the 11-minutes from the hotel for gorgeous cocktails and hearty small plates. If metal bars are more your speed then Saint Vitus (3-minute walk) is a great choice for darkly lit drinks and live music.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Perfect for the offbeat traveler seeking a Brooklyn-centered trip, the Box House Hotel provides a quirky alternative to Manhattan's polished hotels and hectic streets. The surrounding Greenpoint neighborhood is industrial, residential and filled with young artists; the perfect area to stroll through for that oh-so-cool Brooklyn charm. The converted factory building can feel a bit like a corporate hotel dressed up in thrift-store chic, but the quirky style feels refreshingly casual and relaxed compared to most New York City options. A great choice for those seeking an alternative New York trip.