Having read the many reviews for Hotel Le Blue, I made my reservations with a modicum of uncertainty. I wanted to trust the well-designed website, and those who had enjoyed their stay. I kept my expectations low which always helps. As we arrived, I was happy that the promise of free parking (first come-first served) came true. Spaces are limited, although we were told that there was a garage across the street for $20.00 if need be. The building, (and the neighborhood) are not much to look at; but there's a small glass-enclosed lobby where we were met by a welcoming staff member. With everything in order, we were provided with a key that would be needed to access the elevator (a nice measure of security.) The elevator is cast in a cool blue light -- which turned out to be a harbinger of cool things to come. I don't dazzle easily, but upon entering the room I was, dare I say it -- tickled...blue. The first thing you encounter is the white lacquered furniture, white lucite doors and and fully enclosed glass shower, complete with billowing white curtains giving it an instant bridal-suite meets BattleStar Gallatica feeling. Mind you, the shower appears to stand in the middle of the room; there's a separate small room with the commode; a modern basin style sink is also exposed to the room. Granted, with this style of "facilities" you'd want to be EXTREMELY good friends with your room companion. The king size bed looked as inviting as it turned out to be. And an inset wall light running the length of the headboard also cast the room in a blue haze. Everything was spotless. Returning to the bed -- the main feature of any hotel room: it had a 2 - 3" mattress topper which was definitely akin to laying on a cloud. The linens were crisp and soft at the same time; the pillows quite downey. A pail with two bottles of water and a bag of Pirates Booty was a nice complimentary touch. There was also a basket of treats -- nuts, M & M, Twizzlers available and the price, which at most hotels is ridiculous, here was at $3.00 a snack. (Cheaper than the local movie theater!) There's a mini bar with juices, soda and beer, and a two-cup coffee maker with Starbucks packets. Our room had the terrace and Manhattan view. The terrace was tiny, and the view less than spectacular, but it was a nice place to step out on to as compared to some hotels where you can't even open a window. The drapes were heavy, which kept the room very dark -- not traffic or City or morning lights. The TV was quite impressive since 40 inches and a wall mount still impresses me and Direct TV to boot. We had trouble getting the TV to go on -- and the front desk had someone to our room within 5 minutes to help us figure it out. We were also pleased to find out that the restaurant and bar on the top floors was open for business -- the website said it was closed. Had we known, we might have stayed in for dinner. Our visit up to the lounge for a night cap revealed a wonderful bar, and a really pretty dining room. The friendly bartendress informed us that during the summer months there's even an outdoor terrace to be enjoyed. I was reluctant to write such a detailed review as I didn't want to take away the element of surprise and delight you would have otherwise experienced, and its my hope that I haven't raised your expectations to any level that might result in disappointment, but if things stay as they are, I'm confident you will also be pleasantly surprised. After all, the same hotel room in Manhattan would cost $700. I'd venture that, with mass transit just a few blocks away, it wouldn't be unheard of to stay HERE and commute into the City for a New York weekend. You might even find that the restaurants of Park Slope (read review of Rosewater), the shops of Brooklyn Heights, and the nearby Barclay Center make staying at Hotel Le Bleu the best blue-plate special on your travel menu.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There's a quiet synergy that exists between Brooklyn and Hotel Le Bleu. Brooklyn is unique and vibrant, a place where individual style is praised and where fitting in means being different. Hotel Le Bleu mirrors the Brooklyn mindset and echoes its sense of originality and authenticity. From inside out, nothing about Hotel Le Bleu is ordinary or standard. Striking and powerful with its own distinct New York flavor, Hotel Le Bleu is the premiere hotel in the Brooklyn borough. Welcome to Brooklyn. Welcome to Hotel Le Bleu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Bleu Hotel
- Le Bleu Brooklyn