Hipmunk’s Best Hotels in Brooklyn, NY
Bed Breakfasts are plentiful in Brooklyn and work well for the traveler on a budget, but many standard hotels also offer complimentary breakfast (and more amenities), such as the Kings and Lexington. Check out these other budget-friendly options.
Winter is Prime Time for Cheap Rooms
Brooklyn buzzes with activity throughout the year.
Spring (March-May) is the best time and one of the cheapest to visit Brooklyn. Not only will visitors enjoy the many parks and outdoor activities in the borough, but hotel prices are less expensive, crowds are smaller, and weather is pleasant.
Great hotel and airfare deals can also be found mid-January through March as this is the time when the weather is its least agreeable.
Summer is the area’s high season with free outdoor concerts and movies, historic walking tours, amusement park/boardwalk, and more. Still the city does offer some good deals to continue to draw visitors to the area despite summer’s high temps and humidity of around 90 percent.
Public Transit is Economical
Brooklyn is easiest to navigate without a car. Parking is expensive, and streets are congested. Walking is a great way to explore and enjoy the character of Brooklyn’s many neighborhoods, but for accessing the many points of interest in this bustling borough, visitors need something more efficient.
Brooklyn’s 79 square miles are amply served by its economical transit system that includes the subway, buses, and ferries. Taxis are another option but much more costly than public transportation.
Three major airports are close by – JFK, La Guardia, and Newark (NJ), along with several regional ones. A one-way airport shuttle will cost between $25-$50.
Best Business Hotels are Just Across the River
Brooklyn has become a hotspot for business travel as many companies have moved their offices from Manhattan to less expensive spots across the river.
The Sheraton, McCarren (in trendy Williamsburg), and Hotel Indigo are good choices for the business traveller. They are all located within 12 miles of John F. Kennedy International Airport, offer complimentary WiFi in public spaces, and provide business amenities such as computer connectivity, meeting spaces, and/or fax and AV equipment.
Save Money with Complimentary Breakfast
Meals can be expensive. A hotel with complimentary breakfast lends quite a cost savings.
The Lexington Inn and Kings Hotel offer complimentary parking, WiFi in public areas, and breakfast for around $101 and $121 a night respectively.
While Midwood Suites* looks more like a comfy grandmother’s house than a hotel, at $99 a night for their standard suite with free WiFi and coffee/tea service, it’s a cheap place to stay in the center of Brooklyn.
Brooklyn has a number of inexpensive bed breakfasts. One of the standouts is the Lefferts Garden Residence*. Set in a historical brownstone, it’s easy to fall in love with the area.
Avoiding Prospect Heights on Game Day
The Barclay’s Center (Brooklyn’s stadium) and the surrounding area is bustling with games and concerts so avoid the Prospect Heights neighborhood during events.
Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge on foot or bike is a spectacular way to see the city but try to do it in the off-season to avoid the immense crowds. Speaking of crowds, early November brings the New York Marathon (and 50,000+ people), so plan accordingly.
Once a mecca for immigrants, Brooklyn has become the darling of the young professionals and creatives. The neighborhoods are charming, and sometimes gritty, but they contain some of the best values in the boroughs.