Brooklyn has been called a lot of things in its 400-year history: “the garden spot of the universe” (a tongue-in-cheek nickname still cited by some old-timers), “city of homes and churches” (to distinguish it from its corrupted neighbor, Manhattan, at the turn of the century) and, more recently, “the locus of the world’s hipster activity,” as The New York Times put it in a 2006 real-estate article.
Hotel Le Bleu's simple elegance extends outdoors.
But “luxury hotel destination” is a new identity for the
Designed by Andres Escobar, Hotel Le Bleu features 30 rooms
with king-size beds and 18 with two doubles. “What you find in these rooms is
actually a little bit ahead of the curve,” says General Manager Robert Gaeta, a
hotel industry veteran previously associated with such
Luxury and Harmony
Every room at Le Bleu contains a 42-inch plasma TV with DVD player and Bose surround-sound, Internet ports at the desk and bedside, iPod dock in the clock radio and a cordless telephone. The ergonomic beds have custom-made mattresses, goose-down duvets and 300-thread-count Egyptian linens. Bathrobes provided for guests feel like a chenille/cashmere blend and are from a brand promoted by Oprah Winfrey as one of her “Favorite Things.” Guest rooms have a chair at the desk, but no easy chair.
Le Bleu’s rooms feature the “open bathroom” that’s been popularized by boutique hotels: The toilet is behind a sliding frosted-glass door, but there’s no door between the bedroom and the sink area. The oversized shower stall has a rain showerhead and is separated from the bedroom only by its glass walls, though guests can close a curtain around the stall. Bathroom fixtures are by Grohe, and the toiletries— flaxseed soap, quinoa shampoo, amaranth conditioner, etc.— are from the Davies Gate botanical line. Also typical of boutique hotels, Le Bleu rooms have a very white color scheme (with blue accents, of course).
All but nine guest rooms have their own balcony.
Even-numbered rooms face
While the hotel currently has no public space other than a
small lobby, a restaurant named Vue will be opening on the top floor sometime
this spring, with a rooftop bar due to open shortly afterward. Both are
expected to draw local customers as well as hotel guests. The restaurant will
be open for lunch and dinner and have a Continental menu.
In the Details...
Because the hotel couldn’t offer an onsite restaurant upon its opening, it has been providing a complimentary breakfast buffet (including yogurt, cereal, fresh fruit, bagels and other baked goods) for guests, which may continue even after the restaurant debuts. “It’s kind of hard to get rid of something that repeat guests might be expecting,”
Additional amenities found in every guest room at Le Bleu include a mini refrigerator with complimentary bottled water, slippers, iron and ironing board, canvas laundry bag, a safe and current local magazines. The TV offers digital channels and pay-per-view movies, and a daily newspaper is delivered to every guest room in a cloth satchel. Numi organic tea and Wolfgang Puck coffee are provided free for the in-room coffee maker, and room service is available from 6 a.m. to midnight from a local diner. Guests have free WiFi and Ethernet connections in their rooms. Business services, such as faxing and photocopying, are available round the clock. The hotel is smoke-free, and pets are not allowed.
Le Bleu has an onsite lot with free parking—always a
valuable bonus in
Blue at Le Bleu: Accents create a soothing ambiance.
Style and Value
Owned by Globiwest Hospitality Group, Le Bleu is the first property in what may become a brand.
Rack rates upward of $300 a night were being quoted for
Hotel Le Bleu when it opened, though agents have been able to book rooms for
half that through its website in its first season. Averaging some 320 square
feet, the Le Bleu accommodations are larger than many
Now, just how conveniently located is Le Bleu? This is
important to know, since clients may be unfamiliar with
Another consideration is the hotel’s neighborhood, which is
something of a mixed bag.
Agents can contact the general manager directly at [email protected], or call the hotel at 866-427-6073 or 718-625-1500.
Le Bleu’s Sister Hotel in
Hotel Le Bleu is owned by Globiwest Hospitality Group, a Southern California-based company that owns/operates more than 20 chain hotels in about a half dozen states. Globiwest also opened the upscale Hotel Le Jolie in Brooklyn last winter in the popular neighborhood of Williamsburg, which is packed with restaurants, coffeehouses, bars, art galleries and performance spaces—but set slightly off the heart of the action.
Perhaps the most unusual thing about Hotel Le Jolie’s
location is that it practically abuts the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE):
Coming from the subway station three blocks away, you actually walk under the
highway before you reach the hotel. But that subway is just two stops from
Even-numbered guest rooms of Hotel Le Jolie look down on the
BQE, though the rest of their
There’s a total of 16 Elite King or Queen With View rooms on
the fourth through seventh floors. The other 16 rooms on those floors, plus 14
more on the first through third stories, are Superior Queen or Two Twin. The
remaining eight rooms—which include two below street level, with small
windows—are classified as Elite King With Jacuzzi or Superior King or Queen.
All rooms are similar in size; the label Elite is applied to rooms with a view
or Jacuzzi (Deluxe sometimes replaces
All of Le Jolie’s rooms contain the same amenities, which include 42-inch plasma TVs with digital channels, DVD players and pay-per-view movies; iPod docks; mini fridges with free bottled water; ergonomic bedding, goose-down comforters and 250-count linens; Bath Bloomers Tangerine Yin Yang toiletries; and coffeemakers with complimentary coffee and tea. There is free parking in the hotel’s lot and a municipal lot across the street, and guests can fax, photocopy and use the computer in the onsite business center at no charge.
Rates run from around $169 to $245 per night. The hotel will
provide an air mattress in Superior Two Twin rooms for triple occupancy at no
additional cost. All rates include a cold breakfast buffet, served in a small
dining room. Le Jolie does not have a restaurant, but room service from several
local restaurants is available at most hours. One of
While the Le Jolie neighborhood is not unsafe, the front
desk is behind glass, and a security guard is stationed in the lobby from 7
p.m. to 7 a.m. On