My husband constantly remarks that I am the queen of hotel staycations. I am all about escaping our little neighborhood in Battery Park to explore other parts of the city. I have to admit, I’ve lived in New York my entire life, and maybe visited a restaurant or two in my many years there, so it was time to explore.
A few years ago, on a Friday afternoon after school pickup, we packed our bags, and drove to The Box House Hotel, located at the northern tip of Greenpoint. The building, a converted factory with an 4-story addition, houses 130 rooms featuring spacious loft suites with soaring ceilings, factory details, and kitchenettes. All rooms are curated with original artwork, and hints of nostalgia with thoughtful decor. Our room felt more like an apartment than a hotel room; ideal for families, especially those staying in the city for an extended period of time!
The main bedroom had a king size bed for Jason and I. The kids’ room had two twin beds, and our living room couch turned into a bed, which Ryder loved. We had an outdoor patio, that unfortunately didn’t get much use with all the rain, but I love a good outdoor space when on the road.
Located inside The Box House Hotel, The Brooklyn Lantern is a full-service restaurant & bar specializing in creative American cuisine, craft beer, and imaginative cocktails. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and its chefs use organic and hand-picked ingredients. Saturday morning started with a meal at the Lantern, which as cliche as it may sound, was one of the best brunches we’ve ever had. Everything was so tasty and fresh! Jason and I had an amazing green goddess omelette, made with pesto and cashew sauce, Ryder enjoyed pancakes, Siella french toast, and Gemma chopped on her usual go-to avocado toast. I am not lying when I say it was one of the first times that all three cleaned their plates when we were out to eat!
Even with the rain and gloom, we managed to escape the room and explore the Greenpoint neighborhood. We discovered a fun spiritual shop called StarHawk Design, where the kids and I picked up some sage and crystals for home. I always tend to get lost in shops like this, browsing for hours, so I have a feeling they will be seeing me again. For an afternoon treat, we walked down to Van Leeuwen Ice Cream on Greenpoint Avenue. With flavors like Royal Wedding Cake, Vegan Dark Matter and Black Sesame Ash, this is definitely must try for the ice cream connoisseur.
We even got a tour of the Box House rooftop, which is perfect event space for weddings and parties with city views. We are told the bar area will soon be open to all guests during the summertime, so be sure to add this rooftop bar to your list!
Let them squeeze you till it hurts today…because they are the ones that made us a mama! They snuck out of the hotel with Jason early this morning to surprise me in bed with breakfast, flowers, cards, kisses! Wishing you all a very Happy Mother’s Day! ?? * * #theboxhousehotel #staycation #motherhood #mothersday #ig_motherhood #motherhoodthroughinstagram #motherhoodrising
Sunday morning was Mother’s Day, so the kids snuck out to a local bakery and surprised me with sweet treats, coffee, and flowers in bed. What an amazing way to start my day. We spent the remainder of our stay, lounging around the room until check out.
Something different, right in our backyard. What a great weekend!
Big Thank You to The Box House Hotel for hotel and accommodations and for making Mother’s Day extra special this year!
This post was originally published May 24th, 2018.
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