In my last post, I shared my excitement for my friend’s wedding. A few weeks before the big day, we had to make a change of venue for getting ready; our initial venue wasn’t finished with renovations so the bridal party stayed at the Sheraton Brooklyn.
We chose this hotel because it was close drive to the church where the ceremony and reception was held, public transportation was walking distance, and it was close to the area in DUMBO where we took our “first look” and bridal party photos. From the time I stepped in the hotel lobby, I knew it was official. I am aware of the neighborhood change since graduating college 6 years ago (my school is literally 5 blocks away), so my initial thoughts were it’s in “regular Downtown Brooklyn”. Not at all. The staircase going to the conference rooms alone were beautiful. Another bonus is it’s celebrity driven. While waiting to check-in, I bumped into Trinidadian soca artist Kees Dieffenthaller from Kes the Band. If I didn’t have to be in the wedding, I probably would’ve ended up at the fete they played. >_<
I was able to get a double room for the night to share with another bridesmaid. I swear I had the best sleep ever on that bed. Our room included a desk and chair as well as a sound dock/radio to play music from an ipod or iphone. The bathroom was complete with a full shower/tub combo with included toiletries and blow dryer. We absolutely loved the mirror as it came in handy when washing and styling our hair for the big day. We didn’t get to use many amenities because we stayed for the night, but the Sheraton Brooklyn does come with a fitness center, a restaurant, rooftop bar/lounge, valet parking, business center and Starbucks. As mentioned, it is close to the NYC transit subway and bus. You can easily be in midtown Manhattan in 2-3 train stops. There’s also soooo many options for shopping within the area for makeup, jewelry, children and adults.
For the actual wedding prep, I was able to use the closet for hanging my signature bridesmaid robe. On the day of the wedding, we all got ready in the bride’s suite. The staff was generous enough to let us borrow a rack to hang our dresses and robes initially for photo ops. The bride’s suite included a fridge, microwave, “living room” area with TV and full bathroom as well. It was more than enough space for the 3 bridesmaids, bride, mother of the bride and mother of the groom to get ready. We also had the makeup artist and Cedric Wooten photography hard at work. Did I mention the hotel has a snapchat filter? ^_^
Staying at the Sheraton Brooklyn for the wedding was definitely a lifesaver. I live 20-30 minutes away, but I didn’t have to deal with potential train delays or traffic (It was also the same weekend as the BAM Festival). If you are getting married within the area, are a guest or even visiting NYC, I definitely recommend it. For pricing information, you can visit the Sheraton Brooklyn hotel on their official site. You can also be social and follow on Facebook and Twitter.
What are some of your favorite NYC hotels?