Skip Midtown—These Are the Best Hotels in Brooklyn

Manhattan is not short on swanky, luxe hotel offerings. Having high tea at The Plaza, enjoying a Michelin-starred experience in the sky at the Mandarin Oriental, or watching jazz legends improvising on the Steinway of The Carlyle's Bemelmans Bar are just a few experiences to be enjoyed by the lucky few. But for a true New York experience, forget about Fifth Avenue or Times Square—Brooklyn is where it's at. In recent years, hip hotels have been popping up like mushrooms on the Williamsburg waterfront, not to mention the NYC borough is where the best new restaurants are anyway. Ready to escape Manhattan and experience New York like a true local? Here are the best hotels in Brooklyn.