It is no secret that searching for a hotel for your vacation is a big headache. Not “can be” a big headache. It is for sure a massive headache. A quick look through TripAdvisor under any city in the world will give you dozens upon dozens of options. These large travel sites are supposed to make your decision easier. And yet, they have made it more difficult. So, how do you narrow down and filter properly in order to find a great place to stay? After all, vacations are essentially paid experiences. No one wants to remember anything negative from a trip.

Focus on the Customer Reviews

I recently took a trip to Brooklyn, NY. Years ago, no one in their right mind would travel to Brooklyn as a vacation destination. However, with the rise of places like DUMBO and the Barclay’s Center, in addition to the hipster lifestyle of Williamsburg, it’s easy to see why people have been flocking there.

The one main very surprising issue I found was booking the best possible hotel for my stay. Apparently, there are dozens of hotels to choose from. Who would have thought? I was instantly overwhelmed. I thought to myself, “how am I going to do this? It’s a seemingly impossible task!” So I did what any millennial in this situation would do: I turned to Google and looked for important things to look for when researching hotels to stay at. It turns out that customer reviews are one of the most, if not the most, important things to look at before making a choice. The only problem? Most of these reviews are published on major travel sites like TripAdvisor, where I found it difficult to choose from.

So, I decided to keep away from the main listings page and go one by one, in order to read through all of the customer reviews. Let me tell you something: it is a time-consuming process! However, it is one of the best decisions I have made when planning a trip. I went through each listing and came across a little boutique hotel in Williamsburg called The Condor Hotel.

This hotel had the best ratings of any other Brooklyn hotel. They scored a whopping 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor, with over 1,000 reviews! 90% of the customers found it to be either Excellent or Very Good. Just for some perspective: I searched through other cities and did not find that many positives for any other hotel. That was the moment I knew I found my place to stay. I booked and within 2 minutes, had my confirmation. $150/night for an upscale hotel? Not a bad way to start my vacation!

The Stay

The stay was unbelievably classy. The neighborhood still needs minor fixes but they have come a very long way. There are several high class bars and clubs in the area that make this a very exotic location.

I walked in and the receptionist greeted me warmly. It took less than 5 minutes to get my keys. Went to my room: beautiful bed and bathroom, and cozy room, with a great mattress and excellent A/C. There was, of course, free Wi-Fi. The breakfast was very, very good. The only downside is that the hotel is a 10 minute walk to the subway. Yet, if you don’t mind the walk, which is quite scenic, the subway is a 4-5 minute ride to the heart of NYC (Times Square/Penn Station).

If you are looking to visit NYC, The Condor is definitely the place to go. It’s clean, has excellent service, and the price is just right. For a boutique hotel in the heart of Brooklyn, this place doesn’t get enough credit.

How I Found the Perfect Hotel in Brooklyn, NY