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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Eco friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
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Overview

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.

Beyond

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

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1009 Reviews
Noisy & dark
Reviewed 2 days ago

Usually stay at the Hilton when we visit our Grandson. It was full & the Nu Hotel is very close front desk staff pleasant. Accomodations not to our liking. Very little light in room already made dark by wall color. Bed very low to ground. Biggest problem. Extremely loud air conditioning unit which kept my husband up most of the night. Back to the Hilton for us

Trendy Hotel in Great Location
Reviewed 3 days ago

When my wife and I are in Brooklyn visiting family, we often stay at the Nu Hotel. The location is convenient for us as well as being close to restaurants, shopping and activities in the trendy Smith Street/Atlantic Avenue area. The comfortable rooms have modern decor with an artsy flair. A continental breakfast is available in the lobby, which can be hectic in this busy space, but you can, at least, have a bite to eat before heading out. The hotel is neat and clean. The staff is courteous. Housekeeping has been somewhat slow in making up our room, sometimes after 4:00pm. I'd recommend a courtyard room if you want to avoid the street noise. Overall, I recommend the Nu Hotel.

won me over!
Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn't happy with my initial room and they immediately upgraded me and were absolutely gracious and lovely to me from that moment on...both the assistant manager and general manager reached out personally to make sure I was happy! My room was lovely as was the housekeeping staff and everyone I dealt with! Great location, great staff, comfy bed, good breakfast and just great overall!

Fun and Flair and attention to detail!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel hosted a charity art auction and I cannot begin to say thank you for the great service that went above and beyond in this funky fun and upscale hotel. Looking forward to the next stay! You must stay here. Enjoy the hammock :)

Great Hotel in a good location
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I spent 4 nights at the Nu Hotel and just walked around Brooklyn. Staff was helpful when needed, our rooms was nice and clean. This is a great location for having plenty to do if you'd just like to walk to restaurants and local stores.