What We Love
- Free happy hour with wine and cheese Monday through Saturday
- Chef Marcel Agnez prepares French Cuisine with American nuances at Cantine Parisienne
- Skateboards and cruiser bikes on loan for zipping around the nabe
- The hotel’s nine floors make it one of the tallest buildings in the area
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What To Know
- Rooms are on the small side, at 235 square feet, and some have partially frosted windows
- Pets are permitted for an extra $100 per stay, which includes a basket of toys and treats
- Take advantage of branded yoga mats and free passes to 24-Hour Fitness, down the street
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Designed by NYC-based architects Matthew Grzywinski and Amador Pons, the Nolitan Hotel opened its glass doors to Lower Manhattan in November 2011. Expect a high-design look, with stainless steel light fixtures and Midcentury Modern furnishings in the lobby and 57 guestrooms. Encased in a Tetris-like pattern of concrete and glass, the industrial exterior is reflected in interior details as well, with exposed wood and concrete columns.
Bed and Bath
While the decor has a modern, industrial feel, the guestrooms are airy, with panoramic windows, small balconies and open-plan bathrooms. Pillowtop mattresses and 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets up the comfort factor, along with cozy bathrobes, Red Flower toiletries and bedside slippers. Bathrooms have a European vibe — many have a separate WC — and if the cheeky peekaboo shower isn’t your thing, draw the curtain for some privacy.
Borrow one of the hotel’s loaner skateboards or cruiser bikes for expedited exploration, and at the end of the day reward yourself with an order of steak frites or wild mushroom risotto and a Georgette Fizz (Brugal Extra Dry rum and Tequila Cabeza infused with cane syrup and fresh lime juice) at chef Marcel Angez’s Cantine Parisienne, the new French-American restaurant on-site. In the warmer months take your continental breakfast onto the 2,400-square-foot roof deck and enjoy the 360-degree city views — a rarity in low-lying Nolita.
In the Area
Nolita is known for its boutique shopping and European clientele (unsurprising, as it stands for “North of Little Italy”), and there’s plenty to do in the nabe’s petite four-by-four-block area. Shop fixie bikes at Bicycle Habitat, sunglasses at In God We Trust, and books at McNally Jackson. When hunger strikes, sample the casual French fare at Café Gitane (the avocado toast is a must) or upscale Italian at Michael White’s Osteria Morini. If you’re craving Mexican, La Esquina is your best bet for hibiscus rose margaritas and elotes callejeros (grilled Mexican street corn), or head to Tacombi at Fonda Nolita for authentic tacos served straight from a food truck located inside an airy warehouse space. From there, head to Randolph Beer, a one-year-old venue that serves 36 craft drafts in a woodsy, candlelit setting. Continue the revelry around the corner at hipster speakeasy the Mulberry Project or kitschy dancing den Tropical 128.
How to Get There
I just spent 10 days at the NoLitan during Easter break. I found it to be one of the best hotel experiences in memory. In the age of aggregated online booking the personal touch has been lost in a lot of hotels. Not the case with the Nolitan. From the GM (Bogdan) to the cleaning staff everyone makes you feel welcomed and at home. The location is as good as it gets for Manhattan. Nolita is central and still has a NYC vibe with lots of amenities close by. Rooms are very clean and the hotel has everything you need... nothing you don't. Highly recommended for business or pleasure or as in my case... both.
Had a fabulous stay with decent sized rooms for NY at a good price. Breakfast and coffee downstairs. Helpful staff. Clean. I would definitely stay there again. Nicely appointed rooms. Be enjoy The Big Apple Y'all.
My wife and I stayed here one night. We live in NYC but like to vacation in our own city every once in a while. This place came highly recommended by friends who have stayed here in the past. The front desk was kind and attentitive. The layout of the lobby is welcoming and free flowing. Once you get to the room, the temp has been preset to be comfortable. Although not all that large, the room is an appropriate size. The small details, like the ropes/slippers, to the welcome packages in the drawers, make it a pleasant experience. The minifridge is stocked with drinks. I am a bit particular about having a hot shower, the water temperature was great, easy to control and very responsive.
Great location, but beyond that, I wasn't impressed. The room was tiny and not thoughtfully laid out at all. If I wouldn't have had the balcony I would have gone insane. The staff was erratic-friendly but not really helpful. It felt like you were imposing when asking a question. They didn't have any area maps. Told me about a good one they had but they were out of them...Very disorganized at that front desk with some guy always popping out of the back room to join in questions. Odd. But what was really disappointing was upon check out was when I asked about transport to midtown, they offered to call black car. I said I need a cab, the guy pops out from the back and says well, walk to Bowery, because they don't come down our street. Which is not correct. Bowery is two blacks away and I had an enormous suitcase. Very poor customer service. I will skip this place next time I want to be in the area. The location does not overcome its shortcomings.....no matter how hip they try to be. They are trying too hard in that way, and dropping the ball on customer service. I will say one young lady with long hair and glasses was friendlier than the others, but she almost looked guilty from breaking out of the personal conversations going on to help me.
So the rooms are quite good and the hotel is super well located with really really friendly staff.
The hotel is next door to ‘The Usual’ restaurant which is very good and serves until 12am - so very convenient.
The only thing the hotel should reconsider is the breakfast. Really basic and every single day the same...