After decades of a drought of decent hotels in Brooklyn, a well-documented boom is under way. The New York Observer counts 22 in the pipeline as of January.
The 22 projects represent 2,208 rooms, according to data from hotel industry benchmarking service firm STR. As of January 2012, there were 14 hotels and 1,370 hotel rooms in the borough. As for the current projects, four are in the planning stages, six “are in the final planning stages,” and 12 are under construction, according to the story.
Not all the addresses were named, but those listed included two from the InterContinental Hotels Group hotels downtown, two in Williamsburg, the Holiday Inn at 300 Schermerhorn Street and, of course, the Toll Brothers/Starwood Pierhouse hotel and condos at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Demo on the warehouse at 55 Wythe Avenue, pictured above, will start early next month and the retail portion of the 182-room hotel going up there will be finished by the end of the year, according to the story. The site is across the street from the Wythe Hotel.
Hotel occupancy fell 10.6 percent in January compared to the year before, to 66.3 percent, but an analyst said not to take the dip too seriously. Occupancy was up the year before because of Hurricane Sandy, and recent cold weather has disrupted travel plans.
Brooklyn Hotel Pipeline Expands [NY Observer]