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Inn is in! Hampton is the latest hotel opening Downtown

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It’s not the Hamptons — but it will still cost you about $175 per night.

The borough’s first Hampton Inn is under construction on Flatbush Avenue Extension — and the Kansas-based hotel developers behind the lodge claim it will be the perfect (and perfectly priced!) home away from home for business travelers and tourists alike.

“It’s a site that we feel will lend itself well to a hotel,” said Greg Epp, director of operations of the development firm LodgeWorks, which will build and manage the 13-story, 117-room hotel, slated to open in June 2014.

Epp said that the location near Tillary Street by the Manhattan Bridge entrance ramp is ideal because of its close “proximity to Manhattan, the MetroTech Center, all of the business there, and the opening of the Barclays Center.”

Hampton Inn is affiliated with Hilton hotels, but don’t expect concierges, eat-in restaurants, or other luxury trappings — but there will be free wireless internet to appeal to the mix of “corporate business and leisure travelers” who visit the county of Kings.

The multi-toned brick hotel will join a string of new inns on nearby Duffield Street including Aloft, Hotel Indigo, and the Sheraton Hotel, which sprouted up in the thriving Downtown area over the past two years.

It might sound like a hotel boom, but legendary real estate broker Chris Havens says Brooklyn remains largely “underserved” for lodging.

“It’s very important that we get more,” said Havens, who added that the development of the new Hampton Inn is a plus for travelers and Brooklynites alike.

To fit in with its hip new neighbors, the Hampton Inn will give the Brooklyn branch a Brooklyn-style makeover.

That means travelers can say goodbye to the classic room and lobby art, which depicts fields or a tree, and be on the lookout for more urbane offerings.

“It will have a Brooklyn appeal to it,” Epps said. “We didn’t want to build a prototype — we thought it would better serve the area to have something a little special.”

And that’s not the only big hotel news in the borough: the obscure-but-powerful Board of Standards and Appeals approved a plan last week to turn Montague Street’s Bossert Hotel back into a hotel.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at nmusumeci@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at twitter.com/souleddout.

Updated 11:43 am, January 15, 2013: Story updated because one of Brooklyn's new hotels recently changed names. We regret the error.
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Bop says:
Hotel 718 is Indigo Hotel. Good reporting.
Jan. 15, 2013, 6:36 am
sajh from brooklyn heights says:
Given that intersection with easy access to the Brooklyn Bridge, one would think they would build taller. Given the potential views and changing landscape of downtown Brooklyn, they should build at maximum FAR.
Jan. 15, 2013, 11:06 am
Jay from Downtown says:
My understanding is that another hotel is being built across the street at 85 Flatbush Ave. Ext (the large triangular plot).
Jan. 16, 2013, 6:44 am

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