Brought to you from the team behind the Box House Hotel Group, the Henry Norman hotel is a vibrant artsy stay which oozes creativity and snuggness.
Where is it?
In Brooklyn, in the ever so trendy spot of Greenpoint. Luckily, the area has not suffered the forces of Williamsburg-style gentrification… yet. The area remains residential and lived-in. There’s a nearby Farmer’s Market every Sunday, local shops, ice cream parlours, charming restaurants and plenty of Irish and Polish boozers. For those looking to be a tourist, there’s little in the way of attractions, unless you’re a coffee snob where a pilgrimage to Bakeri, one of New York’s most Instagrammable java hangouts is a must.
Transport wise, take the G Train from Nassau Avenue, or the L train from Bedford Avenue (about a mile away from the hotel), which is just one stop from Manhattan. The hotel also offers a complimentary car service to take you anywhere within a one-mile radius of its digs.
Once a 19th century textile house, the boutique hotel has plenty of photogenic Moroccan-tiled floors and other colourful textile paraphernalia to ‘gram. Groovy upside-down lampshades and painted naïve style canvases adds warmth and character to the space and the playful art (courtesy of Brooklyn-resident and Box House giant Kip Jacobs) gives it a quirky feel. Star of the show is the mammoth wooden staircase which twists and turns from the top floor down to the basement.
Service is faultless. Check-in is breezy and personal at all times, with staff eager to help with any queries and insider tips on what to do, where to go and what to eat in Greenpoint and beyond. Downstairs you’ll find a fully-serviced gym with steam shower, along with lower level lounge space kitted out with all the high tech gadgets you could wish for, including computers. High-speed Wi-Fi and laundry services are also available to guests.
Food & Drink
At the time of this review there was no restaurant or bar at the Henry Norman Hotel, although there are plans in place for both in 2019. An indoor and outdoor rooftop bar with sprawling Manhattan views is also on the cards.
There are 50 of them to choose from. All are spacious and come complete with high ceilings, hardwood floors and uber comfy beds. You will get a very, very good night’s sleep.
We stayed in a City Loft Suite with terrace. Cosy, yet vast in size, it’s a glorious hodgepodge of mid-century furniture, antique knick-knacks, modern art and weathered copies of mid-20th century vintage literature. The colour scheme is neutral with tones of ivory, dark blues, greys and whites reigning supreme and the bathroom is a vision of white subway tiles and marble.
Other snazzy features include a well-stocked, although very pricey, mini bar chock-a-block full of locally sourced treats, complimentary tea, coffee and water as well as an iPod docking stations with alarm clock and radio. The welcome rose petals on the bed were a nice touch.
Outside you’ll find two balconies with sweet views of Brooklyn and Queens, along with appearances from Manhattan icons such as the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and One World Trade Center.
If you’re staying longer, opt for a Loft Suite Deluxe or Penthouse Suite. Both come with fitted kitchens, lounges, terraces and plentiful storage space.
What to Instagram
The cute Havana taxis out front. Other than that, a city view from your room (if you’re lucky enough to get one) or the winding staircase at the centre of the hotel.
Couples, business types and romantic staycations.
Rooms from 125 USD per night. Suites available on request. 239 N Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11222, United States. 00 1 718 951 6000
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