I've read a few articles and reviews of the Nolitan over the past year and had wanted to try a hotel in this part of the city. Such a good decision. We've stayed upper east side, midtown east, and upper west side, but we liked this location by far the best.
Things we loved:
The neighborhood was great. Kenmare is a busy and not particularly charming street, but within a block or two in any direction we found fun and funky shops, boutiques, and restaurants. We loved being in easy walking distance to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Little Italy bakeries, Chinatown, coffee shops, and several subway lines. Unlike a lot of NY hotels, we felt like we were in a neighborhood with locals, not a commercial district with other tourists.
The rooms were great. Small, yes, but well-designed with good electronics, separate toilet and shower, good mattress/pillows. Very much liked the rough cement elements and the linens were very nice. We were on 5th floor so we heard a good bit of street noise, but on higher floors it probably wouldn't be as much of an issue.
We didn't love:
The work-in-progress status. We were there on a cold December weekend, and the lobby was freezing cold. The work on the restaurant (?) involved a semi-open construction area with a tarp, combined with no vestibule on the main hotel doors meant the lobby was just a cold hallway between the elevator and the street with frigid winds every time the door opened.
The staff. We enountered a few bumps in our customer service road. I was getting us checked in while my husband was unloading luggage from our hired car (hello, bellhop anywhere?) and when he joined me at the check-in desk the staffer asked us a series of confused and confusing questions about if we needed separate rooms (?!). The next day we asked about getting a cab to the Theater District, and if the staff could call one for us later that evening. The bellhop suggested we just walk a few blocks and then try to hail one on the next busy street. Really?!
All in all, we really did enjoy our stay, despite the staff goofs (judging from others' reviews, I gather that better service is the norm). The location is fantastic and the space is lovely. By spring, I expect the lobby and restaurant will be fixed. We'll be back next time we're in NYC.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Nolita, Manhattan’s most historic downtown neighborhood, the Nolitan Hotel is the first luxury boutique hotel to open its doors in this authentic New York City district. The Nolitan Hotel bridges comfortably chic New York City living with intuitive service and signature touches all designed for you to experience the next level of indulgence or as we like to say, life as a Nolitan! ... more less
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