What We Love
- Grabbing a drink in the lobby or at the rooftop bar, whose views sweep all the way to Jersey City
- Stepping out to explore the neighborhood, home to the buzzed-about City Winery
- Taking the E train uptown or even farther down – there’s a stop just two blocks away
- Getting to stay in a brand-new property that’s as hip and tech-savvy as they come
What To Know
- Guest rooms are 150 square feet in size
- Free WiFi in public areas
- Valet parking is available
- Hotel bicycles are free for guests to use
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
If you want a hotel with its finger on the pulse of New York, Arlo SoHo can hardly be beat. This property in Lower Manhattan has all the hip style and tech savvy that has kept its city at the cutting edge, with kiosks in lieu of a front desk and pegboards in lieu of hangers in the rooms. Rooms clock in at a (cozy) 150 square feet, where every detail—from the pegboards (Arlo’s answer to the closet) to the walk-in showers—is meant to maximize the dimensions. But don’t spend too much time holing up: common spaces offer workspaces, charging stations and seating areas, plus a craft-cocktail bar in the lobby, to keep you mixing and mingling. Plus, there’s that exhilarating city outside. Buzzy restaurants, bars and boutiques are within walking distance, whether in aforementioned Soho—a world-renowned shopping capital—or neighboring Nolita and Little Italy. South of Hudson Square is Tribeca, the latest residential destination for some of the world’s biggest-name pop stars and movie stars, and the E train that stops two blocks away will get you to nearly any other part of the borough. Spend your days pounding the pavement, and after dark, choosing from the bounty of trendy local nightclubs and lounges throughout town. Although you may well prefer to retire to Arlo’s own rooftop bar, whose views extend all the way to New Jersey.
In the Area
Adjacent to Tribeca, Soho is home to a number of classic Manhattan institutions, like the New York City Fire Museum, and some up-and-coming city destinations (think low-key bars and restaurants). For cash splashing, the shopping in Soho is legendary, and New York’s biggest names are moving into Tribeca, if celebrity spotting is more your thing. Should you like to relocate to another part of town, the E train, which stops locally, will whisk you uptown or farther down and connect you to a variety of other lines to take you to other neighborhoods.
How to Get There
Arlo is full of trendy young things, and in a great location for SoHo shopping and dining.
So much for the positives.
Sadly, the designers and management of this hotel rather forgot abou the basics.
Rooms are tiny.
- So small, you can’t get two people into the (comfy) bed without one climbing over the other.
- There are no wardrobes to store clothes, simply a tiny hanging rail.
- There are no bedside tables to put drinks on, glasses, phones, etc.
- There is no chair to sit on, anywhere in the room!
- The blackout blind is ineffective and does not prevent light entering the room at night.
- There is no coffee or tea in the room.
- Luggage can only be stored under the bed. This makes accessing anything from your case clumsy and slow (especially at night!) Remember there are no drawers to put clothes either so don’t even imagine you can ‘unpack’.
All of the above is described by Arlo as “a micro concept”. Well, it’s a failed concept, it does not do the bare minimum that any hotel should achieve, let alone one with this price tag.
Add to all of this the $35 daily charge for “free” WiFi, happy hour, bicycles etc. and you realise that this concept is designed with profit, not guests in mind.
As I sat listening to the steady drip of water on the room ceiling, keeping me awake at night, I determined to write a review, to advise future guests of what they should expect.
So now you have been warned. And I have learned a lot. About where not to stay again, and why.
This was our second time at this hotel. Trendy lobby with Dylan’s Candy store to the left. We picked up candy from Dylan’s candy to the room. The front desk staff greeted us with warm professionalism. The rooms are clean, cozy and functional. Customer service was top notch, we requested a few things that were accommodated right away. Spoke to management about a surprise that I was planning and they executed it flawlessly. Kudos to the management! We rode the bikes in the early morning that are available for guests, had lunch in the restaurant, drinks on the rooftop…lovely weekend. The hotel offers a great affordable value for my budget and always exceeds my expectations.
Arlo Soho is an exceptional boutique hotel with great amenities! The lobby (a mini Dylan's candy bar) is inviting as well as a hospitable front desk staff. Harolds the restaurant has the best breakfast buffet in town and has a delicious lunch menu too! Rooms are small (hence the boutique hotel concept) but offers all modern conveniences. It is my go to hotel when I visit my daughter who lives in the West Village. I have been a guest at The Arlo Soho 6 x!!
I stay here for business trips but would stay here for leisure as well any day! Great location in SOHO, outstanding service and the perfect little bodega for small needs. The bar is also lively with great beers
Already on the website the Arlo SoHo made a great impression on me, which was clearly exceeded when we arrived at the hotel. The room was cozy with a stunning view, clean, friendly stuff, great restaurant and amazing roof top, bikes for free (we used them every day) ... what more do you want :-) The location in SoHo next to Hudson river and World Trade Center is awesome! Some reviews said that there is no privacy because the shower is integrated with the room - we loved it, that was much fun! Thank you to the team of Arlo SoHo for an unforgettable stay at Big Apple.