Obviously a big attracion for staying here versus Manhatten is the room rate, but there are some drawbacks. This is the first time I felt Trip advisor didn't work for me in the many years I have used it, and feel obligated to let fellow users know about this hotel. Let me also say I heaved a big sigh of relief as we drove over the bridge to our (more expensive) Manhatten hotel.
Yes, the Nu is modern in terms of interior decor (though there was no bathroom door in the 'friends accomm' we shared with our teenager and the TV was placed behind a dangling light fitting which was not good planning).
The first morning we were there we were awoken at 7.30 am by a jackhammer that was only metres away in the street. Not the hotel's fault and common in NYC - but soundproofing is not good. I had requested a room on the non street side (from comments made at TA) but had been told they couldn't guarantee a roll away bed would be avail for our child, even though I booked some months in advance - so we were forced to take the more expensive 'friends' bunk room uless we wanted to take a gamble.
My child had an accident en route from Australia which involved stitches and concussion so the noise was a major issue. We couldn't move to the other side on the second night (no room) but were moved on the last night. (I had to point out that we were charged the more expensive rate and have the bill corrected when we checked out).
There was also noise from wihin the hotel - waterpipes that sounded like a fog horn on occasion. Staff at the front desk seemed unaware of this issue though it has been mentioned on trip advisor.
Another point - the hotel is right opposite a correction centre. Yes folks, that razor wire around the tip of the building opposite is to keep the inmates in. Maybe some don't care about that, i am surprised it wasn't mentioned here on TA - but we found it somewhat disconcerting... It was also next door to a place you go to pay jail bonds. i.e. not a great neighbourhood.
When I wrote to the hotel re the noise issues they did give me a refund of one night's stay, so that must go in their favor.
- 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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