It's a common complaint among travelers planning a trip to NYC. "I can't find a comfortable, well-located hotel in Manhattan for under $150 a night. What shall I do?"
My answer: get off the island.
There's a trend of Brooklyn boutiques, such as NU Hotel (85 Smith Street, New York, NY, 718-852-8585) that combine luxury with a laid-back atmosphere.
In this new "Travel SOS" video, I look at the upsides of booking in Brooklyn, NY.
1) Location. If you stay in downtown Brooklyn, you're a 10-15 minute subway ride from the Lower East Side, SoHo and the East and West Villages.
2) Spacious rooms. $150-175 a night will get you a shoebox in Manhattan. However at NU, the average room measures 275 square feet. Some suites even have hammocks.
3) Modern and wired. The hotel offers free iPad rentals and has a cloud system for one-touch room service and wake-up calls.
4) Brooklyn rocks. A more relaxed pace and a greener environment. I enjoyed the colorful local art, indie boutiques, concerts and cafes.
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What are your favorite Brooklyn hangouts? Have you ever stayed in this borough?
Thanks to NU Hotel and Molly Weingart.
For around $150 a night, it's possible to rent a spacious, modern room in Brooklyn. Midtown Manhattan? Not likely.
The front desk doubles as a bar, and there are free chocolate chip cookies.
Some rooms are strung with hammocks. This one has a swivel chair.
Each bathroom has a chalkboard wall, and doodling is encouraged.
Nearby stores Bird and Dear Fieldbinder have a well-edited selection of designer fashion.
A number of downtown Brooklyn restaurants, such as the vegetarian Wild Ginger, score high on Zagat's list.
Book a stay on the <a href="http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com" target="_hplink">NU Hotel</a> website, and see more travel tips on <a href="http://www.lacarmina.com" target="_hplink">La Carmina blog.</a>
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