Coney Island could sprout a new hotel on the banks of the muddy Coney Island Creek in an industrial zone four blocks from the historic amusement district — but it wouldn’t be the first time developers chose a less-than-scenic location in Brooklyn to build a new hotel. In fact, the borough boasts plenty of places to sleep in far-flung locations from Red Hook to Bensonhurst. They include:
• Sleep Inn: on 49th Street between Second and Third avenues, the hotel is half a block from the noisy and famously congested Gowanus Expressway in walking distance of Lutheran Medical Center in Sunset Park. Single rooms start at $109 per night, and come with a free continental breakfast and copy of USA Today.
• La Quinta Inn: on Third Avenue at 13th Street in the nether regions of Park Slope, a stone’s throw from the fetid Gowanus Canal, one of the nation’s most toxic sites. Single rooms go for $125 per night. Free parking and guest laundry services are included. Mention and Gersh and Vinny at Lowlands, a bar two doors down, and you may get a free drink (late-night on Tuesdays only. ).
• Brooklyn Motor Inn: on Hamilton Avenue between Bowne and Van Brunt streets in Red Hook, directly across from the bustling entrance to the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, the longest underground car tunnel in North America. Single rooms start at $90, and come with radio alarm clocks, microwaves, and views of the tunnel’s toll plaza.
• Harbor Motor Inn: located on Shore Parkway between 24th Avenue and Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst, the hotel is close to shopping, nestled next door to the Caesar’s Bay. Single rooms start at $90, and are attended by staff at a 24-hour front desk that offers faxing and copying services.
— Daniel Bush