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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 1029 Reviews
A unique hotel
Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband and I were in town for our son’s wedding. This hotel is in walking distance of the venue for the wedding. We spent 2 nights here. We were impressed with the room and the ease of booking our stay.

Very cozy and comfortable
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My sister and I were very pleased with this hotel. We stayed here a year and a half ago, and wanted to repeat the experience. We felt very safe and comfortable! The bed was amazing! The employees were All very courteous and friendly! Great location!

Good stay at the Nu hotel in Brooklyn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I were in town for a wedding and we stayed at the NU hotel.
The staff were all great from checking in to the house keepers. No complaints except that my wife is mobility challenged and the bed was a little too low to the floor. We were in a handicap accessible room and the restroom was fine.
We enjoyed our complimentary breakfast each morning and we liked the fitness center as well. Great location for whatever you need to get to in New York.
We would recommend staying at the NU hotel.

The un-hotel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The UN Hotel is a quiet respite centrally located in the heartbeat of Brooklyn. It’s within walking distance of shops and restaurants as well as quintessential Brooklyn neighborhoods. It can be an island in the storm of New York City’s busyness.
The staff is helpful, the rooms are clean and contemporary and, of course, the beds are comfortable.
Tuesday through Saturday there is a bistro available for dining next door. Can’t vouch for it because our stay didn’t include those days.
Best fun feature? The chalkboard wall in the bathroom.

Reviewed 1 month ago

Overall good value and great location. Shower needs to have stronger water flow and the mattress/pillows are a bit old. Friendly staff and provided all minimal needs. Close to the subways and decent neighborhood.