F, G, R at Fourth Ave.-9th St.
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The product of a rezoning decision that eased height restrictions on this traffic-clogged stretch of Park Slope’s Fourth Avenue, the eight-story Hotel Le Bleu opened in 2007, replacing a former plumbing-supply store. The full-service hotel was the first in a neighborhood formerly served only by small inns and B&Bs, and though it’s only a short walk from Park Slope’s trademark brownstones, the Andres Escobar-designed, stainless-steel-and-glass building looks more suited for the Meatpacking District. Forty-eight minimalist guest rooms—each equipped with 42-inch plasma TVs, Bose speakers and iPod docking stations—feature textured wallpaper and goose-down comforters. All but nine rooms have balconies, and though the Manhattan skyline is visible in the distance from some, so are plenty of graffiti-strewn buildings, the F train, and a nearby U-Haul facility. The eighth-floor Vue restaurant, accessible via sleek blue-glass elevators, offers panoramic views along with intercontinental cuisine.Pros
Chic design in an up-and-coming area of Brooklyn
A bird's-eye view of a U-Haul facility isn't everyone's idea of an ideal cityscape. And for these prices, travelers may not want to wake up 30 minutes from Manhattan.