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What We Love

  • Daily continental breakfast is included
  • The lobby bar happy hour, from 4 to 7 p.m., for half-price beer and wine
  • Sweet perks like free bikes and a state-of-the-art gym with boxing equipment and yoga mats
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What To Know

  • Suitable for artsy types and couples
  • The neighborhoods surrounding the hotel are some of the most beautiful in the city with leafy streets, buzzy restaurants and chic boutiques
  • There is a jail across the street from the hotel but the area is completely safe and lively


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Eco-Friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
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Budget- and earth-friendly digs in a funky Brooklyn ’hood with chalkboard walls and in-room hammocks

The Look

The Nu Hotel feels just like Brooklyn: young, quirky and modern. Geometric booths lit by a sculptural neon chandelier face picture windows framing views of the funky neighborhood types walking by. Throw in some recycled wood here, some vintage letters there, and you’ve got an ideal home base for exploring both this borough and the other one, which sits a short cab or subway ride across the river.

Bed & Bath

The 93 streamlined rooms make 335 square feet feel more like 500, thanks to lots of natural light, bright white walls and large windows. Custom-designed hammocks add a playful vibe without compromising space in the suites. The artsy sensibility is underlined by rotating murals created by local artists, and chalkboards in the bathrooms for writing to-do’s or for channeling your inner Picasso. Best of all, you can feel good about your stay thanks to such eco-friendly features as organic linens, lead-free paint and cork flooring.


The Nu Hotel has the kind of amenities you’d expect to find at a much pricier hotel (like the state-of-the-art, 24/7 fitness center complete with machines, free weights, boxing equipment, yoga mats and more). They even offer cute bikes free of charge so you can combine fitness and sightseeing. The hotel’s Misdemeanor sidewalk café and bar serves local brews, expertly mixed cocktails and fun tapas.

In the Area

Located at the intersection of four Brooklyn neighborhoods — Downtown, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens — and a 20-minute subway ride away from Manhattan, the hotel is ideally located for exploring both boroughs. Want to stay local? Join the neighborhood crew curing their hangovers with breakfast sandwiches at the vintage cool Building on Bond, then shop the vintage stores and boutiques lining Atlantic Avenue (we love Hollander & Lexer). Borrow a free bike to explore the waterfront promenade, the antique carousel and cutting-edge 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park, with its postcard views of Manhattan. Then reward yourself with some speakeasy-style cocktails at the Clover Club before haute Southern fare at Char No. 4.

How to Get There

NU Hotel Brooklyn
85 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States


Summer stay in sunny hotel

I have stayed in this hotel numerous times over the years and always happy to book again. IN this case I was there with friends on Jul 27, 2019 prior to sailing on the Queen Mary to England.

The room was great located in the back of the building away from any noise. As always the check in was great, the room was comfortable and it is in a convenient location.

I want to commend Pranav, Julie, John, Gaga and Daneya. The general manager Gary Desoiza is obviously doing a great job running a complicated operation. I want to especially commend Gaga who went out of her way to fetch my sunglasses and to flag down a cab. Thank you Gaga!

I only have one concern. As I am getting older the beds which are low to the ground ae getting increasingly difficult to get out of. I think it was Pranav who told me changes will be made soon to raise the beds. I hope so.

I will be booking this fine hotel for October 3 and know it will be a solid experience.
Highly recommended.
Patrick Carter

Trip to the Big Apple with children

Staff at this hotel were always very helpful and friendly, and made us feel welcome and well served. The free coffee, fruit and cookies available throughout the day were a great addition to the smallish lobby area.

I didn't know the area and location of the hotel prior to my visit, but I soon realised it was ideal for subway stations (5 mins walk) and easy to walk to nearby shopping and sight-seeing spots.

Our bedroom was comfortable, with pleasant and flexible lighting. The spacious bathroom set up was appreciated. Room cleaning was discreet and efficient.

Breakfast was basic but good value and efficiently set out. We did not eat from the limited menu for any other meals but the reception staff were more than happy to recommend local eateries to suit our needs.

Overall a joy!

Visit to Brooklyn
Juan C

Hotel was conveniently located, clean & modern. Nice breakfast included.
Very close to many restaurants, subway, buses.
Convenient parking garage right next door although expensive ($37 a day + tip).
Would definitely stay there again, highly recommend the Nu Hotel.