A lot of super-trendy hotels do something elegant, like add glass windows to the bathroom, and forget to frost them for some privacy. BPM is smart: the glass window is very well frosted so you get some natural light in the shower, as well as some privacy if you're looking for that! The blinds are solid - there's two sets of them, one for privacy, and a second for a proper "black-out". They work well together.
Value is huge if you score a groupon or other sale. For $169 Canadian we got a night in a deluxe room, which offers a LOT of space for an NYC hotel, and a bonus welcome bottle of wine, delivered chilled to the room. Service was excellent. We parked in the morning, ($20 regular fee, $10 special with that groupon), ran around Manhattan, and got some good tips for taking off too - the staff will accomodate whatever you're interested in. For us, the recommendation from Rebecca to check out the Bald Man's chocolate restaurant (Max Brenner) was a fantastic idea, thank you!
Breakfast: fantastic. We tried the pico de gallo egg dish and the omelette and they were made fresh, hot, and tasty. The fruit, juice, coffee and bagels we had added to our breakfast, all included, were very filling.
Sound-proofing wasn't bad, but not perfect. I slept soundly, but my companion was more sensitive and could hear some road noise. It is NYC, after all, and the hotel considered this: BPM provides you with free ear-plugs at the side of the bed which eliminated all that noise.
A lot of people rag on the location - yes, the immediate surroundings are gritty because there are some industrial shops nearby, but they're not bad at all - and there's plenty of residential nearby including a brand new high school. We walked back from the subway station, just two blocks away, around midnight and felt very safe.
The hotel was very clean - even on our departure the elevator's floor had been freshly scrubbed. There is only one elevator, but we must've been lucky as there was very little wait time for it - it showed up promptly.
The TV, as some noticed, is gorgeous and is a Smart TV you can log into with your own Netflix account - note that unless another guest forgets to logout, you do need your own account to access the Netflix shows. The regular cable offerings are the standard huge universe of TV if you're sticking to "conventional" cable.
Would love to come back next time we visit Brooklyn - when the "R" line tunnel is repaired it'll add even more good transit options. The D and N trains do, however, run quickly into Manhattan from the hotel's 36th street stop.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Where music meets hospitality; Hotel BPM (inspired by the music term "beats per minute", referring to the pace count of a song), is about redefining the travel experience to a new generation of travelers, this lifestyle brand, focused around music entertainment culture, offers it's clientele a modern minimalist feel with upgraded amenities & aspects of music lifestyle mixed in such as 40" LED HD TVs w/ HD Channels, Keurig Coffee Makers, Mini Bars, and Free Wifi; creating an experience perfect for any traveler seeking more then the everyday experience. ... more less
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