The Nolitan has stepped right out of the pages of a glossy fashion magazine and then rooted itself in the heart and soul of its neighbourhood.
First things first, Kenmare Street is busy but from our cityscape balcony room on the 8th floor there was no noise problem at all. The rooms are stylish and modern, probably average in size but light and airy and with great Manhattan views.
Things we missed were free bottled water and the option of making a good cup of coffee in the room. But nice Nolitan touches include free wine and cheese daily, 5-7pm and a complimentary copy of the weekly Time Out New York magazine, so you can do the city like a local.
The neighbourhood is fantastic. Across the street, on and around Mott, Elizabeth and Prince, are great independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Down the street on Orchard are superb small art galleries. You have plentiful access to subway stops plus you can hire a bike for free from the hotel.
New York can be impersonal and overwhelming. Avoid Midtown as an area to stay at all costs. The Nolitan and Nolita give you a boutique hotel of character and a neighbourhood of warmth, personality and manageability.
Special thanks to Stephanie, Jordan and George of the Nolitan, who were helpful, efficient and friendly - just all-round nice human beings.