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
We loved our recent stay at The Nolitan! We were gifted with room 908, a corner room with a lovely view of the Empire State Building. The room was clean, fairly spacious compared to other NYC hotels, and the staff was super friendly and helpful from check in, to housekeeping, to the members/staff of the adjoining restaurant. While there was construction happening on the rooftop bar area, we did not experience any noise issues, and only found the carpets in the elevators were often messy from construction debris being transported therein. The bed was very comfortable, and the ceiling fan in addition to the A/C was a bonus! They even provided us with a coffee maker upon request, as the rooms are not outfitted with them standard. This was our first time trying a new hotel in NYC, and we are looking forward to returning again one day soon! Thank you, Nolitan staff and management.
Some of the reasons I loved my stay:
- quiet but effective AC
- terrific black out curtains
- ceiling fan
- spotless room
- perfect weight of high quality cotton sheets
- complimentary (quite good) coffee in the lobby each morning.
If you’re looking for a beautifully designed hotel, functionality without skimping on luxury and detail, knowledgeable attentive staff in one of the most vibrant, interesting neighborhoods of Manhattan, The Nolitan comes highly recommended.
The lobby is beautifully designed, with a great selection of books where you could sit for hours and watch New York street-life pass you by. The hotel offers complementary bikes to their guests!
The room (try to get a corner suite) is clean, with lots of smart details (an iron plus board! A closet!), the bed large and comfortable with luxurious linen and the spacious bathroom comes with a bath!
The restaurant on site, The Usual, is a gem. Do yourself a favor and sample as many of the dishes as you possible can. I recommend the beautifully prepared pork chop with crispy fried rice and kimchi and the hoe cake slathered with maple butter. But you can’t go wrong with anything you order off the menu. Great wine selection too.