I stayed at the Nolitan in mid-November and I didn't regret it.
It's in an interesting location at the intersection of Soho, Chinatown and Little Italy. You can see elements of all three neighborhoods the moment you step out.
Turn one way and there's the Italian pizza and pasta place, turn another and shop signs are in Chinese. And it's very well located for shopping at SOHO, which is barely a five minute walk away, just past the really convenient Spring Street subway station on the number 7 line.
The line is great for the east side of Manhattan, taking you directly to shopping areas like Fifth and Madison, within easy walking distance of places like Bergdorf's and Barney's, though I would stick with Soho for variety and a better range of prices.
The line is also very convenient to museum mile on the east side of Central Park, and you can get to the Met, Whitney, Frick etc without switching trains.
There's also a really useful Citibikenyc rental station just off the Spring Street subway which is great if you want to cycle. And the hotel provides it's own bikes if you prefer.
The hotel's rooms are smallish, and on the slightly expensive side compared to what you would get in other cities. But that's common in NYC, and they are very well designed to look bigger than they actually are, as there is a glass wall between the bathroom shower area and the rest of room looking toward the windows. This opens up the room considerably in a visual sense. (Don't worry there are dark curtains at the shower glass wall for complete privacy if you so desire.)
The room was kept spotless all the time and even when I looked closely at the shower area, there were zero stains or dirt. For a germaphobe like me, this was important.
I didn't find the room I was in on the 7th floor noisy at all, as some other reviewers had warned.
The toiletries provided were also pretty good, being the same brand and range that I got in the Mandarin Oriental in Barcelona.
While breakfast wasn't provided I found the pricing of the hotel's in-house restaurant reasonable and the quality quite respectable. The wait staff were friendly and efficient. The lobby was nice and there were always people sitting around reading on the sofas which is great if you would like to socialise a bit.
I have to say that the hotel's staff lived up to their claims of friendliness. They were friendly and helpful to a fault. I requested tickets to a broadway show and a cruise around the city before I had even left Singapore, and they were waiting for me when I arrived, as promised.
One thing I found really interesting about the hotel staff was their diversity. There were receptionists and staff of Chinese, Hispanic, Sri Lankan, White, and Black descent. I also thought Torge, who was Tibetan, was really helpful (and kinda hot!) I thought this was a great reflection of NYC itself , with it's diversity and tolerance.
There did not seem to be any difference in the internal layout and size of the rooms with and without balconies. So if you don't need the balcony, it's cheaper to just go with the standard room. There is enough light as the windows are sufficiently large.
The hotel gives an access pass to a nearby public gym. It's a big gym sprawling over three levels. But if you don't like walking please note that it's a 10 minute or more walk away, which isn't great in the winter.
Also, at peak periods there aren't enough lockers at the gym with combination locks, so if you are going there just after working hours, make sure to bring yr own padlock. The gym itself is very well equipped and the staff friendly and welcoming.
In all, I had a very enjoyable and restful time at the Nolitan.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Nolita, Manhattan’s most historic downtown neighborhood, the Nolitan Hotel is the first luxury boutique hotel to open its doors in this authentic New York City district. The Nolitan Hotel bridges comfortably chic New York City living with intuitive service and signature touches all designed for you to experience the next level of indulgence or as we like to say, life as a Nolitan! ... more less
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