Oh my, what a place! It's unique in many ways -- architecturally ("Boardwalk Empire" filmed here twice,) rooted in a neighborhood that's both historic and close to the heart, and above all welcoming. If you're going to be bothered by a little peeling paint on the ceiling, I'll say right now: choose another place. But if you want to feel like you're part of something good, stay here. There are only 4 rooms, scrupulously clean and plush in a homey kind of way; and everything about the place feels personal without ever being intrusive. (Btw, I generally don't like the forced conviviality of B&Bs.) The cooking is a huge plus. There's a big Southern breakfast cooked by Glenn, the co-owner (w/ his wife Monique) of this and 4 or so other Akwaabas in other locations, and also a very substantial afternoon tea. All delicious, and the 2 - 6 people seated across from you are apt to be very diverse and interesting. If you're in Brooklyn/NYC and on a budget, you could easily survive the day on Akwaaba's breakfast + tea. However, if you get home for dinner or want a big brunch/lunch, try Peaches across the street -- it's terrific!
Btw, my daughter is now staying in Akwaaba's D.C. location for a week, and loving it!
Last word: this neighborhood is both growing and staying true to itself. That's complicated, of course, but it's so high-energy and also down-home on the way to where it's going. I loved it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Akwaaba, where we spoil you with old-fashioned graciousness and modern-day amenities. Check in to our 1860 Victorian Mansion and leave renewed and refreshed -- just 15 minutes away from Manhattan. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Akwaaba Mansion Hotel Brooklyn
- Akwaaba Mansion Bed And Breakfast