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
- 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
The only word I can use describe this hotel is contradiction. On checking I was greeted with very helpful staff, the process was fast and my room was ready. The room was small, in fact very small with a sink in the room and a shower and toilet separated only by a frosted glass divider. If you like your privacy you won't find much here. I was staying by myself so that was fine.We then headed off down to the bar (the rooftop one didn't open until 4pm) and thats where the contradiction begins. The staff were consistently (different staff on different days) incapable of providing anything remotely describable as service. From bar staff being unaware of what they stocked to actually shouting at us they were too busy to serve. The rooftop staff obviously are trained together with the other staff and they were equally as incompetent.
Breakfast was a buffet with a limited choice but was enough and they have a decent enough selection for gluten free requirements. Again the staff let the place down.
The rooftop bar was also closed one evening for a function which we thought was inappropriate considering its advertised as a feature of the hotel.
Can 100% recommend the Arlo as it is in a great location to great things. The only downside is the size of the room, although they have done a really intelligent design - staying with a friend meant we were quite 'enclosed' - that said - you can go downstairs or upstairs and enjoy some fun things. The best thing was the gal behind the bar - best barwoman we have ever expereinced - so awesome at her job. Check-in people are very nice - but a bit high school musical / varsity club at times. Good that the window opened as the aircon was way too noisy too.
From the second we entered the lobby to the moment of checkout the ARLO impressed, non-stop. The staff is one of the things that made the stay so comfortable. NYC can be intimidating but the staff reached out to us to check us in smoothly. I loved the lobby and the cozy sitting places, it felt like home and it was nice to see people sitting in the chairs and reading books.
The rooms are small but comfortable especially the mattresses. I slept well and loved waking up to a wonderful view of the city when I rolled over.
The bar staff at Harold's was also super welcoming and we had a great chat with Jose (I think was his name) about the tequila we were drinking. We asked a lot of questions and he was happy to answer them. The rooftop bar was fun with a vibrant crowd and an amazing view.
The little shop in the lobby was perfect for my sweet tooth in the evening and my healthy eating habits in the morning.
I am sorry I missed yoga on the rooftop.
All I can say is this hotel was just so cute - from the cozy lobby, the tents in the courtyard, to the activities- yoga and mediation. It was a pleasant surprise to feel so comfortable in the city. The most pleasant surprise - the signature ARLO scent! I could smell it a block away and still have the scent on my mind.
Excellent in every way. Cool public space with bars, restaurants, outdoor areas and a great vibe. Great rooftop bar and lounge. Staff are superior. Rooms were small but perfect for a weekend getaway. We were given a handicapped accessible room which was quite a bit larger and had a nice city view.
...if I’d had known we had a rooftop ‘club’ not a ‘bar’ directly above our heads, I would have not of booked for my partners 30th. It’s 1am and we have the thudding, pounding nightclub above us on the 10th floor. We have asked to be moved 2 nights running to no avail. The windows also don’t align in the rooms so acoustically very poor and scraping and banging above from the club! This has reined my Partners Birthday trip, they have refused to turn down the music and drum kit (drumming), and the vibrations move through the room like a drum set.
Apparently...’Comfortable guestrooms ensure a good night's sleep’ on the website - Not True.
Another morning wasted being overtired - even with our 26db ear plugs we bought on the first night - Hopefully are package holiday company will move us tomorrow!