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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


4.5 Very Good 1075 Reviews
Ideal for business or pleasure when in Brooklyn
Reviewed 3 days ago

Good location and easily accessible for both business and pleasure whilst visiting Brooklyn.
Not far from Metro or bus routes. Good selection of Restaurants reasonably priced nearby.
Barclay Centre at end of Atlantic Avenue. 10. min walk.

Like coming home
Reviewed 5 days ago

I have lost count of the number of times I have stayed at this cozy hotel. I typically stay here prior to sailing on the Queen Mary which departs from of Red Hook.

The manager Gary DeSoiza does a great job overseeing the complex system that is a fine hotel. I am always impressed with his willingness to solve problems and assist patrons with any issues that arise.

I checked in on January 2, 2019 and was greeted by Carlos who has been a staffer at the hotel for some time. I was easily checked in by Pranav and was very soon in my Mural grade room with a nice view of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The mural grade room appears larger and if you like more space then it is worth the upgrade.

I want to commend some of the staffers who made my stay as nice as always: Alex, Gaga, and John. And of course, Carlos.

If you are staying in Brooklyn and you want a boutique hotel experience as opposed to staying in a huge convention hotel with thousands of people, ten weddings a day and impersonal service the NU HOTEL is highly recommended.


NU is the new standard.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an ideally located establishment that has an excellent staff (in all areas hospitality, food, maintenance, & cleaning staff) who all help maximize your enjoyment experience as soon as you walk through the doors. We experienced & greatly appreciated the genuine hospitality that started our stay & was maintained throughout our stay. The entire staff was incredibly helpful, as well as very patient & understanding of our inquiries & requests.
The property is very comfortable and clean, which also added to our enjoyment of our 3 day stay.
We will be back!

Last Second Refuge
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Truth be told I have stayed with Nu Hotel before and this review is long over due. Everything you could ever want is right there. Central location, close to transportation, and very accommodating to a lone traveler without a reservation for the night.

Room was quiet, clean and user friendly. Breakfast was great. Wide variety of good eats.

Front desk staff was fantastic. One fellow was the one who checked me in on my first visit over a year ago. That says something about the quality of the place when it holds onto good people. Check in and out was a breeze.

Price is what you would expect for what you get. Not overly expensive. I really don’t want too many people to know about this place. I want it for myself.

great value and location
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

easy check in, clean and well appointed room.
friendly and helpful staff. large breakfast selection.
everything this traveler needed. there is plenty to do
with out leaving the neighborhood and a short trip over
to manhattan for even more adventures.