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4.5
Very Good 1047 Reviews
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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 1047 Reviews
Good location
Reviewed 2 days ago

Mixed feelings about this hotel. Location is good, breakfast is okay but not really included when you are charged a "resort" fee at the end of your stay. (resort in Brooklyn, seriously?). The breakfast room/lobby is a nice big bright space.
Some staff were friendly and helpful, others decidedly frosty and disinterested. Our room was pretty spacious and had a coffee maker, nice bathroom amenities etc. The bed was not very comfortable at all.

Pretty + Clean, but not for a restful sleep.
Reviewed 3 days ago

The check-in was efficient and my room was clean and well designed, albeit a bit dark (no recessed lighting). The walls, however, are very thin. I was on the 4th floor in a room that apparently faced a bus stop. I could hear every bus clear as a bell. As people came and left their rooms, I could hear their doors slam shut and their conversations as they walked through the hallway. Thankfully, it wasn't a very busy evening (a Tuesday night), but it was still disruptive as I was staying for work. I came from a late night at the office and had an extremely early morning ahead of me, so the reason I was staying was that it was close to my office. I had been hoping to get a full night's rest, but my night was far from restful. Additionally just as I was settling in for bed, the Front Desk called and informed me that the person who checked me in gave me the wrong room and that the person who'd booked the room I was in had arrived. I said I was sorry to hear that (especially since I was a late check-in and they were even later), but that I was actually getting into bed just now and am fully situated in the room. They said they might call back in 5 minutes to resolve the situation. Now concerned that I would need to have an argument about why I should keep my room and that this is the hotel's fault and not mine, I did not fall asleep immediately. I was worried that someone was going to call me and wake me up. No one did in the end, and I was charged the rate I was promised, but, again, this was very disruptive and stressful. If you're a heavy sleeper or don't have to worry about work, this might be a good hotel for you. I don't recommend this hotel for anyone staying for business, though.

Lovely niche hotel in Brooklyn
Reviewed 3 days ago

A great place to stay in central Brooklyn. Lovely spacious room and an excellent bathroom with L’Occitane cleansing products. Air con was a bit noisy but we could live without overnight as it was very cold outside.Staff very friendly and helpful and breakfast was tasty with good choice.5 minute walk from subway and nice food options close by.

HORRIBLE MATTRESS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The beds are platform but they nearly are sitting on the floor!! The mattress was horrible. When I could sleep which wasn't much because I was uncomfortable. Horrible experience. I pulled my back out trying to pull up off the bed. There were NO chairs or even a bench seat in the room. Only you had to sit on was the bed!! The heating system when turning on makes a horrible banging sound. I can not recommend this hotel The Nu Hotel was very clean!! That's the only good thing I can say about it!!

Quick Visit
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We find this hotel convenient and welcoming. The rooms are comfortable, functional and clean.The free continental breakfast was first class with lots of choices. Will stay here again when we visit family in Brooklyn.