A Room with a Little View…
A relaxing long weekend could happily pass by just in Brooklyn alone without ever even crossing the famous bridge into Manhattan. The Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge provides a rather comfortable base to do that
Review by Justine Gosling
Brooklyn is no longer up and coming; it’s arrived. Manhattan’s neighbour across the water, Brooklyn is a notable borough in its own right – so much so if it were its own city, it would be the third-most populous one in the US. The area has seen a tremendous transformation in the past few decades with but the iconic landmarks still stand like monuments.
The Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883. Today more than 100,000 cars pass between its Gothic towers every day whilst the pedestrians, cyclists and sightseers keep to the upper walk way. However you cross, you’ll take in spectacular views of the skyscrapers of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Heights.
The Brooklyn Promenade stretches along the East River offering the not to be missed photo opportunity of New York’s skyline. The promenade is bordered by grand townhouses and mansions, and is part of Brooklyn’s first Historic Preservation District. The adjacent neighbourhood of charming brownstone homes and quiet, tree lined streets is well worth investigating and stopping for coffee or lunch. The promenades timeless appeal has landed it appearances in many famous films like Annie Hall and Moonstruck. It is one of the most romantic spots in New York City, and has been the destination for thousands of first dates, wedding proposals and anniversary celebrations.
Panoramic views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty are both visible from here and are breathe taking at sunset, but the Promenade wasn’t originally built for aesthetic reasons. City planner Robert Moses originally wanted the Brooklyn Queens Expressway to run through Brooklyn Heights. After opposition from the local community, the promenade was built in 1950 to insulate the mansions and tree-lined streets nearby from highway noise.
Brooklyn Bridge Park lines the water’s edge with a cycle path, children play areas, benches and grassy picnic spots. 6 piers in the park host volley ball, football, basketball and handball courts and a roller skate rink, if the player can keep their focus and not be distracted by the jaw dropping views.
Recently renovated and brimming with contemporary style, the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge is perfectly located to explore Brooklyn. The hotel is right by the coffee shops and bars of the historic neighbourhood of Brooklyn Heights and a five minute walk from the creatives hang out of DUMBO. The subway station is just minutes away, as is the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. It is a pleasant 10 minute walk through Brooklyn heights to reach the water, park and promenade from the well located hotel.
There are 638 rooms, 28 suites over 25 floors. Eight lifts make sure you never have to wait to get to your room. The rooms are spacious with good sound insulating that is often below par in hotels, but not here. The plush decor and wall art is contemporary, but not overwhelming, striking the right balance between comfort, artistic and style.
Floor to ceiling windows walled my corner view room. From my ridiculously large and plump bed I’d look out the window and watch the Empire State building appear and disappear from behind the clouds and lines of red and yellow car lights crossing the Brooklyn Bridge at night. This view meant that I got very little productive work done at the modern workspace in my room despite the high-speed internet. When resting in my room I was inspired not only by the view but by the TED talk TV channel on the flat screen wall mounted TV.
The M club lounge provided a speedy and filling American breakfast each morning, plus complimentary drinks and snacks all day as well as the pay for hotel bar. Additional perks at the hotel included a large but quiet indoor pool, sauna, whirl pool, fitness centre and salon which ensured that I didn’t miss my usual work outs and relaxation sessions whilst travelling.
A relaxing long weekend could happily pass by just in Brooklyn alone without ever even crossing the famous bridge to Manhattan. Enjoy the sky raising views, lazy lunches, recreational areas and walks along the enchanting promenade all form the convenience and comfort of the Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.
Enquiries: New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 / +1 718 246 7000 / www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/nycbk-new-york-marriott-at-the-brooklyn-bridge/