Trio of Top Boutique Hotels in Greenpoint Brooklyn

New boutique hotels in Greenpoint Brooklyn have sprouted in the least expected places. In recent years, returning visitors to New York City have sought out new neighborhoods to explore. Greenpoint, a section of Brooklyn bordering Queens across the Pulaski Bridge, has been a hot destination of late.

Greenpoint, on the northern edge of Brooklyn, is blooming like tulips in May. 

New construction, renovated apartments, and gutted and repurposed factories are attracting more and more Millennials priced out of Manhattan real estate. And travelers priced out of Manhattan hotels.

The following trio of boutique hotels in Greenpoint Brooklyn– The Box House Hotel, The Henry Norman Hotel, and The Franklin Guesthouse–have garnered a loyal and eclectic clientele.

Guests range from celebrities to globetrotters to out-of-town parents visiting Brooklyn-settled children and grandchildren.

Pair a stay at one of these hotels, with a visit in DUMBO Brooklyn. Find even more weekend getaway ideas in our romantic getaways in our NY bucket list.

The Box House Hotel

Exterior of the Box House Hotel

You can’t miss The Box House Hotel, with its white and yellow 60’s Checkered Cabs at curbside. These vehicles await wedding parties and other guests who need a (complimentary) ride to subway stops or restaurants within a mile radius. It’s just one guest perk among many.

Box House Hotel Lobby

Greenpoint’s first boutique hotel, the Box House was in its former life a door and window factory. It was gutted, renovated, and opened as a 56-suite hotel in 2010.

The Box House is now one of the top places to stay in all of Brooklyn, according to several review sites and happy visitors. All apartment-sized chambers are outfitted with fully stocked kitchens, sitting rooms, and ample closets.

First Impressions of Box House Hotel

One of the hotels in Greenpoint Brooklyn is the top rated Box House Hotel

The expansive lobby is wild with color – mostly due to stained glass windows and the vibrant art of interior designer, Kip Jacobs. Evidence of his vast range of work can be found throughout all three hotels. Here, from abstract saturated color panels to the more realistic bird prints that adorn the halls. Jacobs also has a whimsical way of juxtaposing random antiques and knickknacks throughout the properties.

Box Hotel Hallway

Employees are well-schooled in upscale service without an iota of snooty pretension. Check-in is easy, friendly, and chill. Need a ride? No problem Need a dinner rsvp? Here’s where to find a whole slew of restaurants within walking distance.

Want to just hang out in the lobby with a glass of wine from the in-house bar/restaurant? You won’t be alone, and you’ll probably make some friends. It’s that kind of place.

Rooms and Suites at Box House Hotel

Box Hotel Suite

Most loft-style suites are larger than Manhattan apartments –no hype. So, its not unusual for visitors to check in and never leave the property. As most have mile-high ceilings (or so it seems), hardwood floors with area rugs, eclectic furniture, and art, each suite is homey if your home happens to be in downtown Manhattan.

Tchotchkes abound. Skee-balls stacked in terrarium boxes. Empty antique milk bottles jammed in crates. Globes, manual typewriters, old cameras on desks, and the like suggest a bountiful weekend in Brimfield or an afternoon at Home Goods.

Loft suite with terrace at the Box Hotel in Brooklyn

For now, all eclectically decorated suites feature a full galley kitchen, sitting room and separate bedroom area. Usher loved his Loft Suite with Terrace: room #9 on the 2nd floor. 

Two Honeymoon Suites on the 3rd floor are sunlit penthouse-esque apartments with views of the Pulaski Bridge, Long Island City and Manhattan beyond.

Amenities at Box House Hotel

Mr. Singh - Driver - Box Hotel

Complimentary transportation (7am-10:30pm) within a mile radius of the hotel includes pickup and drop off to subway stops, shops and restaurants. The professional and nice Mr. Singh or other drivers are more than happy to show you the area.

On-Site Bar and Restaurant, Brooklyn Lantern, specializes in creative American cuisine, craft beer, and innovative cocktails.

Laundry Room. Unique in luxury NYC hotels, this perk alone attracts road-trippers and longer-term guests. For just a few dollars you can purchase detergent and wash and dry a couple of loads of laundry on your own time.

State of Art Fitness Center with two steam rooms and one dry sauna.

Business Center with two computers and printer complimentary for guests

Complimentary Wi-Fi.

Henry Norman Hotel in Greenpoint Brooklyn

Henry Norman Hotel

Named for the streets that make up the corner on which the hotel is situated, the 50-room Henry Norman was once a pillow factory. It’s now a cool place to rest your head on one.

Henry Norman - Room - Norman Hotel

Closer to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, this boutique hotel is a home away from home for TV show directors and others in the industry working at the Marvel Studio a block away. It also attracts a fair share of foreign visitors yearning for a true Brooklyn experience.

Though smaller, the Henry Norman is similar in feel to its brother properties, the Box Hotel and Franklin Guesthouse. It offers the same quirky luxe rooms and perks to visitors; complimentary transportation within a mile radius, free wi-fi, laundry room, business center, and fitness room. 

Greenpoint Brooklyn Water Treatment Plant

With views of Mid-town Manhattan over the East River from the roof deck, the Henry Norman is a top spot for unobstructed viewing of the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. But fans of more commonplace cityscapes will find much to admire in the foreground any time of year.

The Newtown Creek Water Treatment Plant nearby has won architectural awards and applause from the neighboring community.

Franklin Guesthouse

The smallest and newest of the trio of boutiques, the 23-room Franklin Guesthouse is located on chic Franklin Street. Bright, colorful, and welcoming rooms, here with slatted blond wood panel walls and partitions, are slightly more Scandinavian in feel than the other two properties though just as upscale.

Room at Franklin Guesthouse in Greenpoint Brooklyn

Franklin Guest House caters to a growing global clientele, who may have until late in the day to tour the area before an evening flight. Staff invite guests who have already checked out to store luggage, do laundry, and use the Fitness Center shower before leaving. 

The Franklin Guest House offers the same perks as The Box House and Henry Norman Hotels, and now serves a cross-cultural menu at Madre Restaurant.

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  • Malerie Yolen-Cohen

    Malerie Yolen-Cohen is the Author of the cross-country travel guide, Stay On Route 6; Your Guide to All 3562 Miles of Transcontinental Route 6. She contributes frequently to Newsday, with credits in National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Yankee Magazine,, Sierra Magazine, Porthole, Paddler, New England Boating, Huffington Post, and dozens of other publications. Malerie’s focus and specialty is Northeastern US, and she is constantly amazed by the caliber of restaurants and lodging in the unlikeliest places.

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