I should start by saying that I'm very familiar with Park Slope, the neighborhood in which Hotel Le Bleu is located, so even though it's on a less scenic avenue, I knew that great restaurants, bars, and shops were literally a 5 minute walk from the hotel. True, the scenery isn't beautiful, but for the value and the interior of the hotel, I thought it was perfect.
The first thing to mention is that the rates right now are under $200, which is excellent for NYC. Also, something that I didn't see in other reviews was that the parking is free. That's a complete rarity in New York City, so I think very worth mentioning. It saved us at least $40 that we would have had to pay in a garage. There are 14 spaces, and it's a 48 room hotel, but we had no problem.
When we checked in, the staff was friendly and courteous, and the bellman showed us to our room. I'm usually self-serve when it comes to taking luggage up, but he genuinely seemed to want to help us (of course we tipped him, but it was a pleasure). He gave us a guided tour of the room, showing us all of the amenities - most notably that everything in the mini bar was complimentary - there were snacks, water, juice, sodas...anything you could really want. The internet connection is free, too, and each room has a great flat screen and Direct TV that he offered to show us how to use.
Sure, the bathroom layout is a little weird - I was there with my husband, so it was fine. The shower is glass-enclosed and faces the room, but there's a curtain that you can pull around for complete privacy. The toilet is behind a frosted glass wall, so anyone in the room can't see anything, although it's less private than a traditional bathroom. I'd say for a newly dating couple or for colleagues it might not be private enough, but for anyone who's fairly comfortable, I really don't think it's a big deal. Just more like thin walls than anything else.
The bed was very comfortable, there was a little noise from other guests in the hallway in the morning, but nothing that you wouldn't experience in another hotel. The Bose ipod hookup was very nice as well. The room was sparkling clean, and there were even robes and slippers for us.
Just a few blocks away are great restaurants and bars, and the subway to Manhattan which only took us about 20 minutes to midtown.
Overall, a great stay - would never pay Manhattan prices again!
- 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