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NY Boutique Hotel Blends Industrial with Relaxed Design

BROOKLYN, NY—Baltic Huis, a 33-room boutique hotel, is set to open in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood in October. The hotel’s informed design will blend industrial, relaxed design and technology with a strong sense of locality.

Located at 489 Baltic St., Baltic Huis—Huis meaning house or home in Dutch—will be a short distance from the city’s Gowanus Canal. In the midst of a transformation, the neighborhood has seen an influx of new art spaces, music venues, restaurants and bars.

To reflect the design mix of industrial warehouses and row homes, Greenwich Street Equities tapped local design firm Gradient Architecture. At the hotel’s entrance and reception area, there will be a mix of found art, local photography and industrial relics. One of the hidden spaces will be a subterranean coffee shop and with the whisper of a secret Dutch password, other treats such as rare Japanese whiskeys may be available—paying homage to the area’s lingering speakeasy spirit, according to the company.

A clean concrete aesthetic inspires much of the design throughout the hotel including the hallways, which will be illuminated by solar power. Guestrooms will be outfitted with Amazon’s Alexa Smart Home devices, which will be programmed to play guests’ music of choice, check the weather or assist with ordering a treat from Ample Hills Creamery. Smartphones will be provided in each room for local calls and reading complimentary digital newspapers, neighborhood guides and more.

Drawing a connection to the neighborhood’s once pastoral and industrial past, the guestrooms’ subdued palette consists of grays, greens and whites softened by white Frette down comforters, Persian carpets, and pops of plant life. Form meets function with handcrafted furniture built with warm Mexican wood sourced by local interior designers Savvy Studio of Brooklyn, NY. Bathrooms will have oversized waterfall shower heads that utilize solar-powered hot water, as well as Lacava vanities.

In addition, Baltic Huis will offer co-working space in the coffee shop and enlist local purveyors from Gotham Archery, Brooklyn Boulders and Brooklyn Paranormal Society to provide experiences inside and beyond the hotel walls. There will also be complimentary Citi-Bike passes and custom maps of local graffiti and history tours for on-peddle exploration of the borough.