A Hotel Grows in Brooklyn – New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn’s where it’s currently “at,” described by some as the new New York City, or in USA Today as the new bohemia.  In the heart of the borough sits the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge (i.e., Brooklyn Marriott).  When it opened in 1995, the Brooklyn Marriott was the first hotel built in Downtown Brooklyn in 50 years.  This new hotel was part of a renaissance that has made Brooklyn the current “place to be,” and if you need a place to stay in the “place to be” you can get used to the comfy confines of the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.  Continue reading for a review of my recent stay.

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I was in New York City on business before my girls arrived for a Daddy/Daughter weekend in the city.  I landed at the airport, hailed a cab, and was whisked to the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.  The hotel is large, with two towers, 25 floors, and 665 rooms – we’re not talking intimate boutique hotel.  The lobby itself has two floors.  You enter at street level, and an escalator raises you to the main lobby with check-in desk, meeting facilities, and The Archives Restaurant.  Check in was seamless, and I was in my room in minutes.

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

My guest room on the 12th floor was spectacular – very large, spotless, and well appointed with a city view of the Manhattan Bridge.  I expected a small, city hotel room, and was very pleasantly surprised by the oversized accommodations of at least 400 sq. feet.

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

The room was inviting, decorated with cozy gold, rust, and burgundy hues that made you feel warm on a gray, damp, blustery day.  The room’s layout also gave a sense of privacy as you opened the door to a short hallway, turned left and had the ample living space open in front of you.

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

The bathroom was clean, with marble surfaces throughout, and Bath & Body Works featured products.

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An innovative feature was found behind the 32 inch, flat screen, LCD television, a clever high-tech “plug and play” panel to charge and connect a variety of electronic devices.

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

All and all my room was quiet, bed comfortable (with 300 thread count sheets), and I sunk into a deep sleep after a full day of meetings in New York City.

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

The hotel has an indoor pool, free weights, cardiovascular equipment, the “American Leisure” spa, as well as The Archives Restaurant and Lounge.  Unfortunately, my day was so jammed pack, I did not get a chance to experience those amenities.  The hotel itself is ideally situated in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, only 1 block from the NYC Metro Tech or Borough Hall subway stops.  Therefore, guests have easy access to the A, C, F, 4, & 5 subway lines, the new Barclays Center, Coney Island, or Manhattan, and is less than a mile walk to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY

Is the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge a good fit for families?  The rooms are large, a plus for families, and they can even recommend a babysitting service for an additional fee.  The room’s furnishings may be more appropriate for a mature business traveler versus a family, but I have yet to meet a child that’s not happy with a TV and comfortable bed.  In addition, the Brooklyn Marriott is centrally located for both Brooklyn as well as Manhattan attractions (either one just a short subway ride away).  The downside of the hotel is its pricing – with rates near $300/night (and could be as high as $500/night) that can add up with a lengthy family stay.  However, if one is flexible with their travel dates, deals can be found – sometimes as low as $169/night (and that’s not bad for a luxury New York City hotel room).  If you’re looking for a family New York City adventure, and plan on taking in some of the sites of the “new bohemia” of Brooklyn, then I could definitely recommend pampering yourself at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.

Disclosure: I was hosted for one night at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge with a complimentary room for the purposes of writing this review.  However, all opinions expressed are those of the author.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.