I had been searching for hotels in NY to no avail as they were all well out of our budget and we didn't fancy staying anywhere too basic and hostel-like as it was a romantic break for us. The hotel is in the Williamsburg area which, although some reviewers have said it's not a great area and a little dodgy looking, was absolutely brilliant and as safe as anywhere. The hotel is literally 2 minutes walk from the subway. In 2 stops you're into Manhattan and in 4 stops you're onto Broadway. In Williamsburg there are fabulous shops, great restaurants, trendy bars and a real 'young' vibe to it. It's well worth going out there one night as it's just as fun as Manhattan.
We requested a room at the top of the hotel which I'm glad about as I think the only problem about the hotel could be sleeping in a room which looks onto the highway. However, our room was quiet enough and had fantastic views. The bed was big and comfy and there was an enormous TV, radio and mini fridge with bottled water. The bathroom was small but really well equipped with nice soaps and shower gels and everything was very clean. After a long day in New York, it was the perfect room to come back to.
I really cannot fault this hotel. For value for money it was exceptional. At this price you know you're not going to be in a 5* hotel with spa and 24 hour a day room service, but compared to other hotels I've been in at this price, it was pure luxury. For the price we got the room at, we were expecting something pretty basic but were pleasantly surprised. The staff were friendly enough - not the kind of service you would find at a luxury hotel, but all of them were helpful and polite.
My only fear is that everyone gets to know about this little secret gem of a hotel! For a young couple like us on a smallish budget, this hotel has a great location and delivered in every way. Can't wait to go back.
P.S. If you're getting a taxi from Manhattan be sure you can direct the driver to the hotel or at least show him a map. They'll tell you they don't know where the hotel is just so they don't have to cross over into Brooklyn!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Le Jolie is a boutique hotel in Brooklyn featuring free, limited parking, free Wi-Fi & great rates in the Williamsburg neighborhood. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Jolie Hotel
- Le Jolie Brooklyn