It’s been almost six months since the last time Jeff and I had a date night. Which meant it was time for some much needed couple R+R, and with the help of my mom by taking the kids overnight we would be able to spend some much needed time together. But with the kids gone what would we do? It was my birthday weekend so I didn’t want to stay in house and do nothing. I’m always down for traveling, but where would we go on such short notice? Money reasons would keep us from going too far, then it hit me.

I pass EVEN Hotels in Downtown Brooklyn whenever I’m downtown. It looked decent and the location was great. And as I learned online this hidden gem is a health focused hotel that prides itself on giving their guests an experience that will relax their mind, body and spirit. This was the place for US!

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About even hotels

We checked in on a cold and windy Saturday excited to escape the stress of life and parenting. We arrived a little after 2pm and were immediately met with a warm welcome, like literally, the receptionist gave us warm cloths for our hands. She took her time with checking us in going over everything the hotel has to offer with a fine tooth comb,  and where it can be found.

The main floor when you walk in is bright and colorful, and is broken up into five sections:  the lounging area (which comes with board games and shuffle a shuffle board table, meeting space (which computers and wifi), bar area (this speaks for itself), cafe (which is mostly stocked with healthy food and drinks), and the outdoor patio area (this is a perfect area to chillax in the warmer months).

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Lobby (The Man is sad we have to leave)
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Cafe stocked with healthy (and some non-healthy) goodies
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Outdoor Patio

After a quick tour we headed up to the room. We were given sweet ass room on the 12th floor (1202). It’s right off the elevator near the exit door. Now usually I don’t like being by either location due to nose, but neither one of us heard a peep. But I’m sure at some point our neighbors heard us. I’ma Jersey gal living in Brooklyn, which means I have no clue how to use my inside voice. Sorry to those who heard my overly loud laughter.

But back to this room – it was HUGE! And the fragrance that greeted me, it was like a mix of healthy living and kale. But seriously, it smelled like the epitome of cleanliness and tranquility.  You can easily tell the staff really makes sure their rooms are top notch. I usually travel with a can of Lysol to spray the room and I never take my socks off. I didn’t need that here. I took my socks off and paraded around the room like I was home.  That’s what EVEN Hotels is, home away from home.

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Queen size room – 1202
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Work/Entertainment area
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View from our room

Health and wellness is more than a motto to the EVEN Hotels brand, it’s a way of life. A life they take very seriously. For starters, they have a mini gym in all of the rooms. It comes complete with resistance bands, ball, yoga mat and plenty of accessories – including a fitness manual to make sure you use all the equipment properly.

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In room workout area
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Getting our fitness on

As you can see this was one of the best amenities in the room. It’s polite low key way of saying, there is no excuse for you to not be doing some form of exercise. But if that isn’t enough for you, venture down to the lobby to use the two level gym that is only accessible by your room key.

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First level gym area
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Staircase to lower level gym area
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Lower level gym area

Yup! This overnight stay at EVEN Hotels is gonna be just what the doctor ordered.

So what exactly did me and Jeff do during our overnight stay? The answer is, nothing. We relaxed. Which is exactly what this hotel wants you to do. We took long hot peaceful showers, cause you know kids don’t let you bathe alone for long. We lounged in the pillow top bed and watched t.v. shows that weren’t on Sprout or Nick Jr. I worked out for all of 5 minutes. And because I love to eat we took a quick walk around the corner to Target Atlantic Center for dinner and snacks.

I love when hotels are centrally located in neighborhoods making it easy for guests to spread their wings and learn about the area they’re  in. Being a stones throw from BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Fulton Mall, Barclay Center and the newly developed City Point, this makes EVEN Hotels Downtown Brooklyn a perfect choice for locals and tourists. But that’s not all, the G train is nearby which can take you into the heart of Williamsburg and A/C trains that can take you through Manhattan into Harlem.

Yes, after a cozy overnight stay Jeff and I (sadly) checked out feeling refreshed, and looking forward to the next time when we can kick our feet up in room 1202. We could have done this exact thing at home but sometimes staycations right in your hood turns out to be the best remedy for rejuvenation.

*FYI: EVEN Hotels provided me a discounted rate on our room and a complementary gift bag for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Valerie Pierre is the owner and content creator for Mommy R+R. She is a lover of food, wine & cuss words. She resides in Brooklyn, NY with her comic nerd husband and their two kids. Valerie is also Co-Owner of Sisterhued. A digital collective that showcases women of color in positive lights. She also contributes pieces to MomCave TV, Fit Noire and Football, Food & Motherhood.


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  1. Looks so mod and chic! The hubs and I could definetley use a local getaway for rest and relaxation. Oh and some QT ❤

    Posted on February 6, 2017 at 9:11 pm
  2. 6 months! I’m glad you two got out and made more then just a dinner out of it! Well deserved date to you both!

    Posted on February 6, 2017 at 9:50 pm
  3. Oh yeah! Hotels can be so relaxing! This one looks fantastic. Will have to check out if I’m ever in Brooklyn!

    Posted on February 6, 2017 at 10:08 pm
  4. This is such a cute, hip hotel ! I love all the vibrant colors throughout the hotel, looks like a nice place for some rest and relaxation.

    Posted on February 6, 2017 at 10:35 pm
  5. I have never heard of a hotel having a mini gym inside the rooms, that is so cool! I would love to stay here.

    Posted on February 6, 2017 at 11:26 pm
  6. I wish I can have a weekend getaway with my husband, we never had one since my son was born 5 years ago. This hotel looks very nice tho.

    Posted on February 7, 2017 at 2:04 am
  7. This is one hip hotel! I love the decor, modern and minimalist is always a plus for me. I think it’s awesome that the people are so accommodating, that’s one of the things that I look for in hotels.

    Posted on February 7, 2017 at 2:33 am
  8. You have everything that you need in more when you stay in a hotel this awesome! I like the room, it’s spacious and comfy, you’d want to stay in bed all day! I love your shirt, BTW!

    Posted on February 7, 2017 at 2:35 am
  9. Excited for my own R&R this coming Vday! Hubby is coming home and I can’t wait to spend time with him.

    Posted on February 7, 2017 at 3:18 am
  10. This looks like such a great place to stay. I love all of the different amenities.

    Posted on February 7, 2017 at 8:56 am
  11. Wow that is awesome! I love everything available in that room. I don’t think I have ever seen one that has so many fitness amenities. That is definitely a bonus. The design of that hotel reminds me of an Aloft. They are my favorite hotels ever <3

    Posted on February 7, 2017 at 9:43 am
  12. Sounds like you and your husband has an amazing time taking a break away from daily life to just relax and reconnect! Your room was really beautiful too – I’ve never seen a hotel that has fitness equipment in the rooms, but the encouragement to stay active is awesome!

    Posted on February 7, 2017 at 10:29 am
  13. That’s a beautiful hotel for a getaway. The photo’s are stunning and capture it great

    Posted on February 7, 2017 at 11:22 am
  14. Awesome… looks like a fantastic hotel and what a great and reasonable way for a “staycation”

    Posted on February 7, 2017 at 11:33 am
  15. Looks like a great place to stay. The room is nice and the amenities look awesome. If I need a place to stay when I am in Brooklyn will look into the EVEN Hotel.

    Posted on February 7, 2017 at 11:43 am
  16. Wow. I pass this place all the time and never knew it was so nice inside! I love how Even makes it easy to stay fit on vacation.

    Posted on February 7, 2017 at 1:10 pm
  17. Looks a good hotels and so neat I love to stay there and it makes me relax for sure.

    Posted on February 7, 2017 at 1:40 pm
  18. Very nice review! That places looks very relaxing and a great way to refresh and become rejuvenated!

    Posted on February 7, 2017 at 6:11 pm
  19. I love reading about places off the beaten path. I will have to check this out if I am ever in Brooklyn.

    Posted on February 8, 2017 at 9:13 am
  20. This looks AH-Mazing!!! You deserve some r and r.

    Posted on February 9, 2017 at 11:16 am
  21. Downtown BK has improved so much, and lots of hotels have popped up! This hotel is nice. I love that it has an in-room workout area.

    Posted on February 9, 2017 at 11:56 am
  22. There are so many wonderful places to visit in Brooklyn. I miss it so much. Great post and tips

    Posted on February 9, 2017 at 12:48 pm
  23. Wow! I’ve heard of EVEN hotels but I had no idea that they were this NICE! I’ll definitely be considering them for my next staycation. 😉

    Posted on February 10, 2017 at 2:25 pm
  24. Your staycation sounds amazing. I would have taken off my socks too~ Glad you got some R&R!

    Posted on February 10, 2017 at 3:29 pm
  25. First off Happy Birthday! and I feel you about not getting away enough for date nights with the hubby. What a beautiful hotel! Who knew that such a gem would be located in downtown Brooklyn! We have to have a night away and since we are in Long Island-Brooklyn is perfect! I love the decor and the mindfulness of the set up. Glad you got to enjoy your adult time! Appreciate the inspiration!

    Posted on February 10, 2017 at 9:07 pm