I stayed here for 3 days before transferring to a hotel in Midtown Manhattan. I wanted the Manhattan experience but couldn't afford 6 nights at Manhattan prices! As it is, I'll be happy staying in Brooklyn next time I visit New York.
Compared to Manhattan hotels, the NU was reasonably priced, and there was no problem getting around as there are 3 subway stations within a 5-7 minutes walk. There are really excellent bars and restaurants within a very short walk too, and though I didn't drink in the hotel bar (the reception transforms into a bar in the evening), others did and looked pretty happy to be there! The staff are all really friendly and helpful. I didn't use the gym, but it looked good, and the free wi fi was quick.
My room was quite large, with a good sized bathroom and the shower was also good. It had a wall painted by a local artist, which was interesting - I think the hotel is due for renovations in the new year but in my opinion it would be a shame to lose the murals as it gave real character to the room. Breakfast was fine for me- a buffet style with toast and bagels, coffee, juice, fruit, yoghurt etc, but if you want to start your day with a major protein kick then there are breakfast places nearby.
However, I can't give a 5 star rating because of the noise. I'm not talking about street noise (my room was at the back, so the street noise wasn't particularly loud), but hotel noises. The heating unit and the fridge were both really noisy (I turned both off in the end), but there was also a constant hum from the air conditioning unit outside. Then there was a strange and regular plumbing noise that kept sounding throughout the night - I never did find out what that was! And finally, on the second night there were particularly noisy neighbours and a lot of doors banging, talking in the corridors, knocking of doors etc - not the hotel's fault but maybe they could consider more efficient sound proofing as part of their refurbishment! I'm not majorly upset by noise usually, but I do like to sleep ...
Would I return - yes, but I'd bring earplugs (which, incidentally were available - at a cost - in the room: come on, people staying in hotels love freebies! Surely providing a pair of free earplugs wouldn't break the bank!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- NU Hotel offers a smart, clean, fresh design along with expert service. Acquaint yourself with this entirely new Brooklyn hotel, conceived to create an authentic travel experience integrated into the fabric of the local landscape.This perfectly positioned Brooklyn NY hotel sits squarely at the intersection of four intriguing neighborhoods:Downtown Brooklyn, home to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the court houses and the offices at Metrotech center.Boerum Hill, where streets are lined with elegant brownstones and French bistros.Cobble Hill, a blend of old world shops and bakeries and gardens.Carroll Gardens, an old-fashioned Italian neighborhood with wide streets, chic restaurants, and antique shops.A design approach intended to appear effortless, combined with a casual attitude, define the hotel, while the beauty and friendly nature of the neighborhoods ensure that guests feel safe and secure as they explore the gems that Brooklyn has to offer. The ambience suggests an artistic local neighborhood refuge providing a unique, insider's experience. The minimalist, loft-inspired rooms include custom furnishings crafted from recycled teak wood, cork floors, environmentally conscious woods, lead-free paints, and organic bedding. Step into this intriguing and exciting new departure from a typical Brooklyn hotel to discover an imaginative new approach to city living -- smart, clean, simple, and, best of all, casual. Simply put, NU is all about you. ... more less
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- NU Hotel Brooklyn, New York