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
The Nolitan Hotel is one of the best hotel near Soho and Little Italy. We stayed at 8th floor and we had nice view to Empire State Building. There were several bikes around the lobby that they were for the guests to use (we didn't take them). In price included the breakfast (not many different things but it was good to start your morning). Would 100% recommend this hotel for its clean rooms and the perfect location in the city and near the nightlife and sub stations.
I stayed in the regular Neighborhood room on the 5th floor. This hotel is great for a solo traveler, but I wouldn't recommend staying here if you need to share a room with friends or family.
Here are some pros and cons about my stay:
-Staff: The staff was friendly and really helpful.
-Location: The hotel is within walking distance of SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown. You won't have any problems finding a place to eat or shop at. The Usual (restaurant) is also connected to the hotel.
-Amenities: Some amenities my room came with are a hair dryer, slippers, yoga mat, mini bar, iron, and ironing board. I do wish the room came with a free water bottle. I did see an Ethernet wall connection, but didn't test it. The speed of the free WiFi was moderate. The AC/heating unit also worked well.
-Other: I had a few deliveries sent to the hotel. They all made it to the hotel and the staff held my deliveries if I wasn't there to receive them.
-Room layout: The shower and sink area and the toilet room are on separate sides of the front entrance. The shower and sink area also didn't have a door to close it off. The front door is visible from the shower door, which is all glass. If two people shared a room and someone was showering, the other person wouldn't be able to go in and out of the room because the shower might be visible from the outside if you opened the front door. I suggest installing a sliding door to block off this area.
-Outlet locations: There are no electrical outlets next to the bed. I use my phone as my alarm so thankfully I brought an extra long charing cable that reached the bed. I wish there was at least a USB charging dock on one of the bedside tables.
-Outside noise level: The hotel is on a busy street so you hear cars honking until midnight. I sleep late so that was okay for me. If you sleep early and are a light sleeper, you might have trouble sleeping. However, the inside of the hotel was very quiet.
-Other: The rooftop area is closed. I was told they are renovating it to be a bar.
The Nolitan is by far the best hotel I've stayed at in NYC. We were warmly welcomed by the generous staff and impeccable decor outfitting the hotel's lobby. I noticed several bikes around the lobby thinking it was part of the decor, only to find out on my last day that they were for the guests to use (huge bonus points). Now, when in NYC you can't expect to have a massive room for the money you spend; after all this isn't Columbus, Ohio or something. The rooms were on the smaller side, however the clever branding and amenities made up for what lacked in size. Aside from all of that, they had complimentary breakfast. BREAKFAST! In a New York hotel! Crazy.
Would 100% recommend this hotel for its charm in the perfect location in the city.