Industrial chic set up, homey urban décor and crazy amounts of character; the Box House Hotel is anything but average…
We drove down to Brooklyn from Provincetown and the hotel was super easy to find (with a little help from Maps Me*).
If you are taking the subway, the nearest stops are Vernon-Jackson and Greenpoint Avenue.
The Box House sits tucked away in the industrial area of North Greenpoint in Brooklyn, a mellow spot perfect for exploring Brooklyn and Manhattan (just across the water). The area has a cool, young and trendy vibe to it (think Shoreditch & Brixton, Londoners) and this urban feel is part of the hotel’s charm.
To give you a little perspective, Times Square is a 20-minute subway ride away and Grand Central station is one subway stop away.
CHECK IN AT THE BOX HOUSE HOTEL
We arrived in the evening due to our long drive and parked our car on the street outside. As soon as we arrived, the staff were unbelievably helpful and friendly, more so than any other hotel during our stay.
The hotel itself is clean and spacious, the lobby very impressive with wooden flooring, a busy ceiling, colourful décor and an area with iMac computers.
Cool vintage checkered cabs are parked outside the building which definitely adds to the quirky feel. The place is full of bright colours and antiques – first impressions were great.
We spoke with the guys on reception for a while and they gave us info on the surrounding areas, restaurant recommendations, and the best ways to get into Manhattan. They gave us maps and a slip with information about the free shuttle service (more on that below).
NOT JUST A ROOM…
The converted door factory is relatively new and is home to 57 apartment-style rooms. We stayed in a ‘Duplex Loft Suite with Patio,’ one of the hotel’s highest loft categories. The suites at an even higher standard than this are City View and Two Bedroom.
The room wasn’t a standard hotel room at all, it was seriously impressive with oak flooring, a 16 ft ceiling and a staircase leading to a lofted bedroom with a queen sized bed. It was a mini house and bigger than some flats in London…
The ground floor was a large open plan space and featured a bathroom and living / kitchen area complete with jazzy artwork on the walls and a private patio.
Like the rest of the hotel, the room was full of colours, quirky objects and had a fun feel to it. We felt like every tiny detail had been thought out, from the books on the writing desk to the funky lamps in the corners of the living room.
The modern kitchen was fully equipped with everything you would ever need, right down to salad bowls, engraved champagne ice buckets and a tiny washing up bottle and sponge by the sink.
The amenities of the suite included a huge comfy sofa, TWO flat screen TVs with all the good channels, an iPod dock station with alarm clock and radio, a cooker, toaster and kettle, coffee and tea making facilities, super fast Wi-Fi, a fridge full of drinks, a goody bar full of unusual treats, complimentary bottled water and a private outdoor courtyard. The suite also had A.C and large fans in the alcove bedroom.
The best suites of the hotel had huge private decks looking out over the river toward the Midtown Manhattan skyline.
We had breakfast at Perch, the hotel’s funky diner, which had an extensive menu featuring waffles, pancakes and many bagel variations. The service was faultless and the waitress let us charge our phones behind the bar as we were checking out and were out of battery.
Perch is also open for lunch and dinner and serves an array of beers, cocktails and drinks.
If like us, you arrive late at the hotel and you’d rather relax with dinner in your room, then the guys behind reception have a drawer full of take out menus ranging from Italian and Mexican right down to sushi.
After using the reception phone to place your order, they encourage you to head back to your room and relax while they direct the delivery guy straight to your room.
We fancied Mexican so Jonathan at reception recommended an amazing Mexican take out that was so delicious and also extremely cheap!
SAUNA / GYM + OTHER ADDED EXTRAS
No room is boring at the Box House, and the gym is no exception. Equipped with treadmills, cycling machines and weights the fitness centre has everything you need including steam showers, sauna…and a wall full of mirrors.
Other extras include vending machines for snacks in the middle of the night (yes please), a laundry room complete with washers and driers and an ice machine.
One of the great things about the Box House is that complimentary shuttles to the local Metro/Subway stations are provided – and by shuttles I mean classic 1970’s checker cabs.
You can also be picked up for free in certain zones if you give them a ring. 🙂 Don’t be shy on the Uber front either as we found their rates really reasonable and so convenient.
If you’re visiting New York and looking for a cool, unique experience, the Box House is perfect for you. With it’s boutique rooms, cool history and friendly staff, it’s hard not to feel right at home here. 🙂 It’s great location means you get the best of both worlds with Brooklyn and Manhattan right on your doorstep, whilst being tucked away enough to feel relaxed after a busy day roaming the crazy streets of New York. And why book a boring hotel room when you could stay in a mini house right?
To book your stay at the Box House Hotel, visit: http://www.theboxhousehotel.com
77 Box Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11222, United States
Thank you to Ashley and everyone at the Box House Hotel for hosting us. Special shout-out to Jonathan at reception for being a babe!
Recommendations for the Brooklyn area:
(all of which are within 20 minutes via taxi)
– Brooklyn Heights
– Street Art / Graffiti on Troutman St and Bushwick
*If you’re travelling to the US from abroad and aren’t keen on using your data for google maps, then download the app ‘Maps-me.’ This is essentially google maps but even better as you can use it offline.
My stay was provided complimentary as part of a press stay for The Wanderlust Bug.