On a very busy corner (Tillary St. and Flatbush Ave), the Dazzler Brooklyn Hotel – its rather pedestrian exterior belying a cool interior – is positioned about halfway between downtown Manhattan and the Barclay’s Center (roughly a mile in each direction) a few car-lengths away from the foot of the Manhattan Bridge. The Dazzler Hotel doesn’t dazzle in the way a glitzy Trump building, in all its gaudy glitz, would. Rather, this modernist 174-room hotel impresses with subdued man-cave hues of charcoal, black and about thirty shades of grey.
Part of the South American based Fen Hotel Group; this is the first Dazzler brand in New York, and one, according to interior designer cl-oth interiors that “brings in a sense of place,” melding “industrial Brooklyn with glamorous Manhattan.” Many design ideas were hatched while meandering through Brooklyn museums and from the neighborhood’s 19th century architecture.
There were plenty of European guests when I stayed mid-week in frigid January. But I heard that The Dazzler Brooklyn is being discovered by trend and value conscious Americans looking for lodging within walking distance of Barclays Center and a quick Uber into SoHo.
First Impressions of The Dazzler Brooklyn Hotel
I visited in mid-January 2016, when the property was “in process” and still incomplete. A parking garage, the Beer Garden pub and on-site restaurant are weeks or months away from opening. But still, the lobby – a mélange of gold and navy blue mid-century modern and contemporary furniture and lighting – is an about face from the monotonically silver-grey exterior.
The floor – oiled hexagonal wood tiles – lends a textural, rustic air, and gives the impression that you’re walking on a forest of crosscut trees. This is juxtaposed with the industrial poured concrete reception desk and a staircase that rises to the second floor Beer Garden (set to open soon).
Elevator walls are plastered with scenes from an enlarged antique Brooklyn postcard, representing the area in the early 1900’s, when horse and buggies, motorcars and trolleys were prevalent modes of transportation, and smokestacks ruled the skyline.
Rooms at Dazzler Brooklyn Hotel
Standard rooms are sizeable enough for a large bed and suitcase, but to get the most Brooklyn out of a stay, book the corner 450 sq ft. Executive Suite. Deep grey walls dramatically set off a sitting room with pull out couch and 180-degree corner view of mesmerizing street scenes outside a dramatic Frette linen bedroom. Furniture is sleek, with hand-woven jute rug –in grey hues, fringed – resembling an antique Oriental Carpet in today’s muted colors.
Bathrooms are large – with grey-veined white marble tiles, Frette towels, rain shower and Bigelow products.
A state-of-the-art fitness center in the basement, with spinning bikes, a bank of treadmills, and a whole room devoted to weight-lifting, is one of the largest I’ve ever seen in a hotel of this size.
A cold Continental Breakfast is complementary with the room, served in a sundrenched space slated to be a coffee shop.
Just the Facts
Rooms and suites from $159-$650, (Executive Suite from $330-$650 depending on season can fit four people), includes free wi-fi, bottled water, and complementary Continental breakfast.