For all of the great attractions New York City has to offer tourists, a choice of appealing, reasonably priced accommodations has never really been one of them.
But that may be changing, thanks to a slate of new hotels opening up in Harlem and the outer boroughs—Brooklyn and Queens, in particular.
In fact, about 40 percent of the new properties scheduled to open in New York this year are located outside of Manhattan, according to new data from NYC & Company—the official marketing and tourism organization for New York City.
The opening of Aloft Harlem last spring seemed to kickstart the trend. The 124-room hotel is located on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, alongside a stretch of new bars and restaurants in the up-and-coming Harlem neighborhood. Central Park and the classic Apollo Theater are just a short walk away, as is bustling 125th St., where you can catch many subway and bus lines to the rest of Manhattan's attractions. Rates for doubles go as low as $170.
The Aloft brand—which is run by the chic company behind the W—will expand its footprint in New York this summer with Aloft New York Brooklyn, its 50th boutique-style hotel around the world. The 176-room Aloft is located in Downtown Brooklyn, just a short walk away from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and the locals' favorite, Junior's Most Fabulous Cheesecake and Desserts restaurant. Numerous subway and rail line connections are nearby, as well. Bonus: The hotel's rooftop terrace bar will offer panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. Rates start at $169 per night for a double room.
The Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood will also be welcoming a new B&B; this summer, called 3B. The hotel is run by eight young artists and writers, who live nearby, and has high ceilings, wood floors, and large windows, with lots of natural light. 3B has four rooms—two private rooms with a queen bed, one private room with two single beds, and another room with two bunk beds for up to four travelers. A complimentary breakfast is served each morning. Rates start at $120, including breakfast.
A number of chains are also getting in on the outer-borough action. Best Western Plus opened a hotel in Brooklyn's Prospect Park neighborhood in December, 2010, and Fairfield Inn & Suites and Sheraton will follow suit with Brooklyn properties of their own later this year.
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