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NU Hotel
Ranked #7 of 70 Hotels in Brooklyn
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2008

We stayed in the hotel in August and were very impressed overall. The room was a great size (as is the TV), the beds were comfy and the decor superb. We were provided with fresh towels cleaned daily. The hotel is very close to Jay Street Station from which you can easily reach any of the tourist hotspots, although there is plenty on offer within the local area. Despite being located across the road from a prison (!), this part of Brooklyn is very safe and has a lot to offer.
The staff at the hotel were always friendly and happy to help out with anything we needed.
The hotel offers its guests complimentary breakfast every morning, consisting of an array of pastries, fruit and juice. Again very impressive. Gym facilities and internet usage is also available free of charge.
There are a few minor negatives, however. The bedside lights in our room could only be switched on at the same time as the main light which is very illogical. Also, the room was not designed with privacy in mind- the wash basin is on full view from the rest of the room. A final point is we found the breakfast area quite small and in some instances we had to stand up as all the chairs had been taken. Could do with being expanded and developed into a proper bar. Did not see any 'light tapas' as mentioned on their site.
Overall, an impressive hotel for the price and I am confident that its initial minor faults will soon be improved upon.

  • Liked — Staff, room size & cleanliness, location
  • Disliked — Small, undeveloped 'bar' area, minor design flaws in room
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Doha, Qatar
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2008

This was one of the cheapest hotels I could find for Labor Day weekend and we weren't disappointed. The walk from the Shermerhorn station is less than scenic, about 3-4 blocks from the hotel and the looming razor wire of the jail across the street from the property. However, the hotel seems completely out of place in this neighborhood - super trendy, hip, cool. We needed an early check-in and were able to get in at 9am. The rooms are huge - we think bigger than our bedroom at home. All of the furnishings were very hip from the desk and LCD HDTV to the seating area and bathroom - heck, even the hallway with it's zig-zag-iness was hip. Free continental breakfast was tasty and the staff was very friendly. We walked down Smith to the Bergen line for most of the trip and this part of the neighborhood is a strict contrast to the Shermerhorn walk - the Smith/Bergen area is full of little boutiques and restaurants - very cool. A few notes for the hotel - the curtains are not room darkening, so you are showered with sunshine in the morning; there looked to be a ceiling leak in the bathroom (only visual damage, no running water); no AVEDA products or daily newspaper as described on websites.

  • Liked — Trendy location in trendy area, free wi-fi and free breakfast
  • Disliked — Curtains were not room darkening - it was very bright in the mornings
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank stooksk
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Pittsburgh, Pa.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2008

Nice size rooms for NY, liked the chalk walls in the bathroom, minimalist decor was still warm. Many restaurants within a short walk. I parked on the side street free and since the police station was right up the street felt this was a little safer. What would make me come back, however, is the staff. The doorman/concierge, desk people, etc. were all very nice, helpful, and efficient.

Stayed August 2008
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Additional Information about NU Hotel

Property: NU Hotel
Address: 85 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-5907
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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
#4 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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