This New Brooklyn Hotel Will Have an Underground Coffee Shop With a Secret Password (Video)
Celebrate Brooklyn by visiting this unique hotel.
Set to open in December 2017 in Gowanus, Baltic Huis, a 33-room boutique hotel, is a design lover’s dream come true.
Located at 489 Baltic Street, Baltic Huis (Huis meaning “House” or “Home” in Dutch) will be a short walk from the historic Gowanus Canal. The hotel’s design firm, Gradient Architecture, sought to blend the rich history of Brooklyn’s industrial past with comfortable design and cutting-edge technology — as well as complement the neighborhood of industrial warehouses and row homes.
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The hotel’s entrance and reception area will greet guests with a mix of found art, local photography, and industrial relics. Neon signs will point the way to the hotel’s hidden spaces, including a subterranean coffee shop serving gourmet coffees, lattes, and cortados. If guests are particularly savvy, they can whisper a secret Dutch password to get their hands on other treats like rare Japanese whiskeys.
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Much of the hotel’s aesthetic is inspired by clean, concrete, industrial design. The hallways are also illuminated with solar power. Guests rooms are equipped with Alexa Smart Home devices to handle any needs upon arrival, play music to start the day, or even order a midnight snack. Smartphones are also provided in each room for local calls and perusing complimentary digital newspapers, neighborhood guides, and more.
And the hotel’s industrial design does not skimp on comfort. Every room features a subdued palette of grays, greens, and whites, with beds outfitted with white Frette down comforters, plush Persian carpets, and pops of unexpected plant life. In-room furniture is built with warm Mexican wood sourced by local interior designers Savvy Studio of Brooklyn. After a long day exploring the city, guests can indulge under oversized waterfall shower heads (utilizing solar powered hot water).
Guests will feel at home as they lounge in the back garden and on the red brick patio, perfect for neighborhood cookouts and pig roasts, community garden parties, and more.
Baltic Huis will offer co-working space in the subterranean coffee hot spot, as well as enlist local purveyors of adult fun, from Gotham Archery to Brooklyn Boulders to Brooklyn Paranormal Society, to provide experiences inside and beyond the hotel walls. Complimentary Citi-Bike passes and custom maps of local graffiti and history tours encourage peddle-powered exploration of one of the city’s most bike-friendly boroughs.
Baltic Huis is owned and operated by Greenwich Street Equities, and the hotel opening precedes that of 76-room sister property Gowanus Inn & Yard.
The Baltic Huis website will be coming soon.