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“Good hotel with nice jail views” 3 of 5 stars
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NU Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   85 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201   |  
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Ranked #6 of 52 Hotels in Brooklyn
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Good hotel with nice jail views”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Overall this was a good place to stay. It's close to everything on Smith and Court, easy access to public transit. However, it's right across from a busy jail. My room faced Smith, and the jail, and there were paddy wagons dropping people off all day and night. Lot of lights and sirens, but never any reason to feel unsafe. Otherwise the hotel is great. The rooms were large and it had a very impressive and inexpensive minibar. They even added an umbrella for guests which I thought was a good touch.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Javier E, General Manager at NU Hotel, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write this review. Yes, there is a holding facility across the street from the hotel. Where there is a holding facility and Brooklyn Court Houses there is plenty of NYPD presence! You are correct, there is never a moment where you feel unsafe in our neighborhood. We have a great relationship with the NYPD and they are actually very cognizant of putting on sirens or lights during late hours. We have also installed double pane sound proof windows in all rooms facing Smith Street and black out shades are available in all rooms. This has virtually eliminated the noise and light from the street. Thanks for sharing your experience. We hope to see you back in Brooklyn soon!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Stayed there one night to going to see the National at Barclay's. Rooms were very clean and very white. The area around the hotel is very hipster Brooklyn (except for the borough jail across the street) Walked to and from the show stopping at all the wonderful bars and restaurants. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Javier E, General Manager at NU Hotel, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thanks for the great review! We're glad you enjoyed your short visit to Brooklyn and NU Hotel. Barclays Center is such a great venue. I always like to tell people that we're at the perfect location. Not too close but not too far. A relaxing 5 minute walk away. All the restaurants long the walk are fantastic as well. Krecendo is one of our favorites. True local Brooklyn pizza. We look forward to having you as our guest again!
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Cannot say enough about this little gem of a hotel near Borough Hall in Brooklyn. Has great neighborhood surrounding it & is easily reachable by several main subway lines. Takes less than 30 minutes to get into NYC. Rooms are well appointed with great design details link a chalkboard in the bathroom. Comfortable bed and ample space in the room & bathroom. Highly recommend!

Room Tip: We stayed on the 3rd floor - it was quiet & the blackout shades in the rooms were great.
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Green Features: Very environmentally friendly with eco minded toiletries and options to not reuse towels at your request.
  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Javier E, General Manager at NU Hotel, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
We appreciate the outstanding review! Always nice to see this from a seasoned reviewer like yourself. We're always striving to be the best. You mentioned all the great aspects of Brooklyn and the hotel. There is so much to see and do and you never have to go into Manhattan! :) We look forward to having you as our guest in the near future. Thanks again!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Basically, just follow the TripAdvisor reviews: the NU Hotel is a modern, cool, comfy, hip little spot in a fun corner of Brooklyn. I stayed in a King room with a hammock that, honestly, felt really spacious compared not just to Manhattan rooms but to hotel rooms in general. It was super clean, which is important to me. It being a modern, Euro-style hotel, the decor is fairly futuristic, hip, etc. The bed was one of those low-slung to the floor types, but it was super comfy and large.

Staff and check-in were great. The place has a small, but stylish little lobby with original art and a little outdoor seating area and bar. Close-by are tons of great restaurants on Smith Street. And, for those not familiar with NYC, Manhattan is only really a 20-30 minute subway ride away and there are plenty of trains nearby. Also, the neighborhood that the hotel is in is safe. I used to live nearby, it's fine, despite there being a jail across the street. (Well...there is.) Tip: don't pay the $25 for hotel parking. There's plenty of free street parking in the area if you're patient enough to look for it...and good enough at parallel parking.

Room Tip: There's going to be street noise. It's a small hotel. It's in Brooklyn. The King room...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Javier E, General Manager at NU Hotel, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thanks for the detail review! You touched on all great points about our hotel and neighborhood. We're always working to put our best foot forward in every interaction with our guests and community. While you like the current decor we're actually preparing for a property refresh in January 2013. We hope you can come back then to experience the new design! Oh, and we like to call it a Holding Facility across the street :)
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Baltimore, Maryland
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We stayed only one night since we were in town for a wedding. Glad we did! The room was clean, nice sized with a comfortable bed. The bathroom was clean and the chalkboard paint and chalk was fun! My very tall husband was so happy with the height of the shower head.No need to duck! The Nu hotel has a couple of bicycles that they lend out on a first come first served bases. We took a ride across the Brooklyn bridge ( 1 mile away). The subway is only 3 blocks away and felt safe. Breakfast was in the cozy lobby which allowed us to catch up with everyone in town for the wedding before we left in the morning. I understand we got a "Friends and Neighbors" rate since the bride and groom were local. Nice touch! We would stay again!

Room Tip: Room 420 is nice, but if you can upgrade you might get a room with a hammock ( and bed too)
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Javier E, General Manager at NU Hotel, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Thanks for sharing your great experience! We always like receiving feedback like this. Let's us know we're doing something right! The Neighborhood Friends and Family rate is a great way to receive a discount if you're visiting family in Brooklyn. Our little way of saying thanks to the community! We hope to see you again soon in Brooklyn!
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Bethesda, MD
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We've stayed here many times and have always been satisfied. The room is comfortable (wished they had king-sized beds, though) and the Wi-Fi is free. Breakfast is provided and is completely adequate. The front desk is extremely helpful and I have to particularly praise Dan as not only helpful but really enthusiastic about customer service. Five blocks to the subway. What could be better? We will come back, I'm sure. Oh, one negative...the parking lot (not affiliated with the hotel but the one everyone uses) has attendants who are often not there when you drive in or need your car and are a bit nasty. Oh well.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Javier E, General Manager at NU Hotel, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Thanks for the outstanding review! Seems like you're a regular of ours. We need to get you into a King Bedded room! We actually do have King size beds available. I'd love to offer an upgrade on your next visit so you can experience the added space and comfort while in Brooklyn. Thanks for the feedback regarding the garage as well. I just forwarded your comments to the Regional Manager of the garage. They have to understand that they are an extension of the hotel. If we recommend our guest to stay there then the service should be the same as ours.

Oh, and Dan says hello! Thanks for the great comments. We'll see you again soon!
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Milford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We spent a weekend in July and the Staff was simply FABULOUS! Michael, Shannon, and Christina were wonderful and so very helpful. From tips on the neighbor for "hot" dinner spots, to where the best "ice cream/yogurt" could be found. The room was clean, good size, with a mini bar - awesome! The breakfast buffet was adequate, and good variety and part of the stay. The neighborhood is a great location, close, walking distance to everywhere we wanted to explore! HIGHLY recommended!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Javier E, General Manager at NU Hotel, responded to this review, September 8, 2013
Thanks for the fantastic review! Please accept my apologies for responding so late. I was review my responses on the site and realized I missed this one! We completely agree with your assessment of our hotel! :) I am sharing this review with the entire team. Sounds like we have another fan from Connecticut and we'll be seeing you soon! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me personally so I can arrange your next visit. You can reach me at info@nuhotelbrooklyn.com. Thanks again!
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Address: 85 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Location: United States > New York > Brooklyn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Brooklyn
#4 Family Hotel in Brooklyn
#5 Romantic Hotel in Brooklyn
#5 Business Hotel in Brooklyn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — NU Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 93
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
NU Hotel offers a smart, clean, fresh design along with expert service. Acquaint yourself with this entirely new Brooklyn hotel, conceived to create an authentic travel experience integrated into the fabric of the local landscape.This perfectly positioned Brooklyn NY hotel sits squarely at the intersection of four intriguing neighborhoods:Downtown Brooklyn, home to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the court houses and the offices at Metrotech center.Boerum Hill, where streets are lined with elegant brownstones and French bistros.Cobble Hill, a blend of old world shops and bakeries and gardens.Carroll Gardens, an old-fashioned Italian neighborhood with wide streets, chic restaurants, and antique shops.A design approach intended to appear effortless, combined with a casual attitude, define the hotel, while the beauty and friendly nature of the neighborhoods ensure that guests feel safe and secure as they explore the gems that Brooklyn has to offer. The ambience suggests an artistic local neighborhood refuge providing a unique, insider's experience. The minimalist, loft-inspired rooms include custom furnishings crafted from recycled teak wood, cork floors, environmentally conscious woods, lead-free paints, and organic bedding. Step into this intriguing and exciting new departure from a typical Brooklyn hotel to discover an imaginative new approach to city living -- smart, clean, simple, and, best of all, casual. Simply put, NU is all about you. ... more   less 
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