NU Hotel Brooklyn
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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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
Perfect for business. Everything you need is there and the logistics is simple and quick. The lobby and rooms are modern, clean, new looking and all worked as expected. The breakfast was simple, quick and good.
The Nu Hotel has stylish, comfortable rooms with platform beds, nice amenities like WiFI, free newspaper and a much better than average complimentary breakfast (with Brooklyn bagels! and pastries, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, etc) and a very friendly and helpful staff. Plus the neighborhood (Carrol Gardens) is great for walking and exploring and includes classic Brownstone houses, cafes, bars and restaurants, and lots of shops. We would definitely return when in Brooklyn.
Comfortable, modern rooms. There were a lot of good choices at the complimentary breakfast. And, it's great that complimentary coffee, tea and snacks are available all day in the lounge area. On the other hand, as is typical, items in the room bar are expensive; e.g., $5 for a bottle of water. It being so cold when we stayed, it would have increased comfort if there were a humidifier in the room. Also, it's always disappointing when a TV is provided without a channel guide. If you have any interest in watching a show or movie, guess you have to get a local paper or search on the internet to see what's coming up on the channels that are available on the room TV.
We were given lots and lots of help with our unusual requirements: We booked rooms for other people, then split up their payments; we hosted a rather large private party in their lobby bar. Everything went even better than we had hoped. Much credit goes to Tanya and Gaga!
The lobby bar has very comfortable and varied seating. The lobby art was very interesting and good. The room was clean and stylish; very nice. The breakfast was very good and varied; a little more than the usual "continental" breakfast.
The parking situation is not ideal. Right next door is an (expensive) garage; you turn your keys over to them, then to get you car out again you need to call them with up to 30 minutes notice. The second option is to seek parking on the street. I had pretty good success finding parking about 2 blocks away on Atlantic, and it's not metered at night and on Sunday.
The "rainfall" showerhead is nice, and the shower is large, though to nitpick it's sad that the knob is on the far wall of the shower stall, so to turn it on you need to cower as the cold water starts falling and splashing your ankles. Okay, I'm a baby.
The room was comfortable, clean, and stylish. The room fridge contained some drinks for sale but also enough room for a big stack of leftovers.
We will happily stay at the NU Hotel again next time we need lodging in downtown Brooklyn!
Only arrived about 1am after delayed flights but front desk open 24 hours. Comfortable room, clean and good bathroom (shower over bath and nothing to hold on to). The lighting could be better and the room air conditioner a bit noisy when the thermostat kicks in. The room was away from the road and quiet. Only issue was manually handling our own luggage in and out through the double doors. Good location in Brooklyn.