When Hotel Le Bleu opened up in Gowanus, south Brooklyn, the hopes were high that the trendy artistic neighborhood would finally have its hotspot hotel. That dream never took off—in part because Hotel Le Bleu just isn’t artisanal enough for this particular pickle-eating crowd. But Hotel Le Bleu still offers large contemporary rooms akin to the W’s concept at great rates, even for Brooklyn. The staff is known to be friendly and service-oriented, and though it’s a bit far from the glam of downtown Manhattan (where the hotel looks like it should belong), the neighborhood it’s in is a true gem for leisurely Brooklyn life.
These ultra contemporary boxy rooms take on the classic “cool hotel” aesthetic, with sleek lines, economized storage space, in-wall desk, glass-cube exposed bathrooms, flat screen TVs. We all know and appreciate this style of design. Though not original, these rooms are particularly cleanly.
In truth, these are bathrooms that might even be a bit too intimate for the closest of partners. The bed looks directly into both the shower and the sink/toilet. Otherwise, the glass and tile aesthetic is crisp and convenient.
Walk through two sets of glass cubes to reach the lobby of Le Bleu, which is not much more than a reception desk and a waiting area.
Not at this time. There is a YMCA nearby.
No restaurant or in-room dining at this time.
No bar at this time.
Closest subways are the F/M, G and N/R at 9th Street. It’s about a 20-minute ride into Manhattan.
Head either over to Smith Street in Carroll Gardens or 7th Avenue in Park Slope. The immediate vicinity is industrial (you’ll probably have views of the Staples from your window), but over in Carroll Gardens both Buttermilk Channel and Prime Meets (~15 minute walk) are stellar standouts.
A few of Brooklyn’s favorite warehouse concepts sit on this side of the sewage experiment, Gowanus Canal. Experimental dance house, The Bell House (7-minutes) and shuffleboard emporium Royal Palms (10-minutes) are right nearby.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Hey, some people just prefer Brooklyn—and sleek hotel rooms. Hotel Le Bleu is doing its part to lure travelers away from the congested enclaves on Manhattan and exposing them to the chill of Brooklyn.