BROOKLYN, NY—Real Hospitality Group (RHG) has opened BKLYN House, a boutique hotel located in and inspired by Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood. Located close to the J and M trains, which offer access into downtown Manhattan, and Bushwick’s myriad galleries, cafes and restaurants, the loft-style hotel has 113 guestrooms, a public gallery and commissioned works by local artists.
The 113 guestrooms at BKLYN House, which range from 175 to 220 sq. ft., have complimentary WiFi, pillow-top bedding, flat-screen televisions, and raw wood and iron desks. Each external door is tagged with barcode-style numerals. Bright pops of color, such as industrial orange cage light fixtures and turquoise chairs, complement slate gray walls and dark hardwood floors in all accommodations. Bathrooms are stocked with eco-friendly Paul Mitchell products.
BKLYN House’s commitment to local art and artisans is on display in its lobby, which has floor-to-ceiling windows and a retail counter stocked with Brooklyn Brewery beers, chocolate bars from local confectioners Tumbador and Fine & Row, and snacks from Cobble Hill’s Stinky Bklyn cheese shop. Street artist DINKC created an oversized Brooklyn map graphic for the lobby, and the adjoining gallery will host group shows of 10-12 local artists on a quarterly basis. The first exhibition is set to debut in January 2016. The hotel’s art program is part an ongoing collaboration between BKLYN House and IMAGE Gallery, a contemporary exhibition space and printing studio in Bushwick.
BKLYN House commissioned independent Brooklyn-based artists with Renaissance Collective and IMAGE Gallery to tag the lobby and each of the eight guestroom floors with street art-inspired depictions of different Brooklyn neighborhoods, such as the lobby’s mural depicting a location map encompassing all the neighborhoods of Brooklyn with a “You are Here” marker in Bushwick by DINKC, an ornate Coney Island mural replete with mermaid by OVRLND Collective and a Flatbush piece by New York graffiti artist Yes One.
In summer 2016, the hotel will launch a sidewalk terrace with a mobile bar serving drinks and snacks. It also plans to host two to four local food trucks on the surrounding areas of its corner lot. A rooftop bar overlooking Bushwick, Williamsburg, Bedford-Stuyvesant and the Manhattan skyline will also debut next summer. In the meantime, BKLYN House serves complimentary continental deluxe breakfast with Brooklyn bagels, juices and coffee in an all-white breakfast area.
BKLYN House also has a 24-hour concierge service, fully stocked business center, complimentary WiFi, limited onsite parking and workout passes to nearby fitness centers Crunch and Planet Fitness.