About Nu Hotel Brooklyn
A few years back, tourists wouldn't even give Brooklyn a second glance, let alone look for lodging in the mysterious borough. But these days, between its vibrant art scene, acres of public parkland, plethora of delicious dining options and incredible shopping, Brooklyn has become a destination in its own right.
Which is why the Nu Hotel offers travelers a uniquely Brooklyn experience. Exiting any elevator, guests see a quote from a famous Brooklynite, like Spike Lee or Betty Smith, who authored the famous book, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Instead of "mall art" on the walls, the Nu Hotel has brokered a trade with a nearby gallery, so all the artwork is not only unique, it's also for sale. Guests can even borrow bikes to take advantage of the miles of new bike paths in the borough.
The Nu Hotel's rooms capture the loft-like feel that Brooklyn is known for (at least when compared to Manhattan's many tiny apartments). White cork floors lead to sumptuous beds covered in fluffy duvets and plenty of pillows. Because it's not surrounded by high-rises, even rooms on the lower floors feel airy and sunny. Guests have their choice of rooms with bunk beds and hammocks, in addition to the more standard king or queen beds. Even the mini-bar captures that Brooklyn spirit, with locally sourced artisanal snacks and liquor.
The cute sunny lobby offers a small reading nook for guests who prefer a little solitude, as well as a small business center. The lobby – and, depending on the weather, the sidewalk café out front – is also home to the Misdemeanor Bar and Lounge, which serves tapas and cocktails daily from 4pm-midnight. But for those who want to venture further afield, the neighborhood is bursting with interesting food options, and the hotel's convenient location makes it easy to explore all Brooklyn has to offer. From here, even Manhattan is only a few subway stops away.
Did you know?
The Brooklyn House of Detention next door had been closed since 2003 when it reopened in 2012. To allay any fears, the Department of Corrections offered neighbors tours of the facility, along with prisoner-baked carrot cake. (No files were found.)
Smith Street runs through three neighborhoods – Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens – and is home to some of the finest dining and shopping in the borough.
Guests who decide to borrow a bike from the Nu Hotel should download a copy of Brooklyn bike paths, lanes and greenways from nycbikemaps.com. And don't forget a helmet!
Novelist Jonathan Lethem set two of his books in Boerum Hill: Motherless Brooklyn and Fortress of Solitude.
Travelers who know that Brooklyn is more than just Manhattan's red-headed stepchild will appreciate the immersive experience the Nu Hotel offers. Because guest rooms in New York City apartments are nearly as elusive as unicorns, visiting family members will most certainly prefer the hotel's comfy beds to their relation's lumpy sofas. Brooklyn is now a business destination as well, so workers will find the Nu not only conducive to getting stuff done, but also a cozy alternative to the usual cookie-cutter chain hotels.
Nu Hotel Brooklyn Location Information:
85 Smith St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
A, C, G to Hoyt St./Schermerhorn St.; F, G to Bergen St.
Misdemeanor Bar & Lounge
In a cheeky nod to the House of Detention across the street, the Misdemeanor Lounge serves up tapas and cocktails that guests can enjoy in the lobby or at sidewalk tables. A delicious weekend brunch is also popular with both hotel guests and passersby.
Room service is available from the Misdemeanor Bar & Lounge from 4pm-11pm. A complimentary continental breakfast is available in the lobby from 6:30am-10am, and guests are invited to order in from any of the many restaurants in the area.
- 24 hour front desk
- Business Center
- Cable/Satellite TV
- Dry cleaning service
- Fitness Center
- Free Continental Breakfast
- Free local telephone calls
- Internet Access - Free Public Access
- Non-Smoking Facility
- Wheelchair Access