I live a couple of blocks from Akwaaba, so my perspective is a bit different in terms of the neighborhood, but I certainly recommend staying here to anyone who wants a really comfortable, genuine experience that contributes to the community as well.
I got married at Akwaaba, and also recommend the Mansion as a venue for weddings. In every way, Monique and Erica (and Glenn, though indirectly), helped us with the logistics of the wedding, and were extremely kind and gracious. (I've left a review of that part of our Akwaaba experience on Yelp - http://www.yelp.com/biz/akwaaba-mansion-bed-and-breakfast-brooklyn.)
As for staying here as a guest, we stayed in the Ashante room on the wedding night, and other wedding guests stayed in two other rooms. The bed was very comfortable (though to be fair I was exhausted and could probably have slept soundly on the floor of the ballroom), and we enjoyed the room and the jacuzzi tub. The breakfast included with the stay was so so so good -- french toast, turkey bacon, delicious coffee, poached pears. Our guests also said they slept well.
But beyond all that: Akwaaba cares about our neighborhood, and works hard to support local business development, and keep Bed-Stuy growing in a way that makes it more stable, safer, and more welcoming for people visiting from other places. Supporting them is a way to give back a little bit for their efforts on behalf of Bed-Stuy.
In terms of visiting from elsewhere, Bed-Stuy is building up with more nightlife and restaurants, and it's easy to commute from here to other attractions. The reputation for being unsafe isn't really warranted anymore, but it's always the case that when visiting an unfamiliar city, you need to be wise and cautious. (For example, I live here, but just visited Rome, and found myself thinking more about safety there than I ever do here.)
Anyway: stay at Akwaaba! They're great!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Akwaaba, where we spoil you with old-fashioned graciousness and modern-day amenities. Check in to our 1860 Victorian Mansion and leave renewed and refreshed -- just 15 minutes away from Manhattan. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Akwaaba Mansion Hotel Brooklyn
- Akwaaba Mansion Bed And Breakfast