We stayed at the Nolitan in August (2 couples and an infant) and we had a neighborhood balcony room and a neighborhood corner room. We really enjoyed our stay, and would not hesitate to return to this hotel next time we are in NYC.
Since we traveled with an infant, we had different requests to be made upfront (water kettle, pack and play etc.). We also had to pre-arrange other things like some flowers, gifts, etc., and we had some items from on-line shopping shipped to the hotel. This meant a lot of correspondence with the hotel, but everything was handled very well by Joy, thanks again for all the help!
We really liked the rooms, and you could tell that a lot of thought has gone into the design and layout of the rooms. Rooms in NYC are notoriously small, but the small details at the Nolitan, like the drawers under the bed, narrow desks, glass shower cubicle, floor to ceiling windows, slim furniture, and very minimalistic design, gave the rooms an airy feeling and the impression of a room larger than it actually was. Very well done indeed.
The hotel has a fresh, clean and cool ambiance, and it really felt like the design elements of the hotel was embedded in every detail, all the way to staff appearance. Staff was really friendly, relaxed and very accommodating, suggested to take the wine and cheese to the rooftop, picked up pizzas for us one evening, all in all a very "complete" experience.
The location is very good, 5-10 min. to SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy and Subway stations. There is a 24/7 Duane Reed and a Wholefoods Market close by, and a lot of small quirky shops, cafes, bars and restaurants in the streets surrounding the hotel, very "local and cosy" feeling.
The rooftop is a great asset for this hotel and although it is probably going to be really nice when they get a bar going up there, it was nice to have the rooftop almost like your own private terrace.
As others have mentioned, Kenmare street is not a quiet street, NYC has traffic everywhere and I usually do not mind some street noise, but here we are talking about huge trucks passing by and some of them delivering goods in the early morning for some food whole seller across the street.
That said, I suspect that the main problem is the door to the small balcony, since the corner room we also had (on the same floor) was very quiet.
Once again, thanks to The Nolitan and all the staff for a wonderful stay in NYC.