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“Great Brooklyn Home Base”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of NU Hotel

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NU Hotel
Ranked #9 of 71 Hotels in Brooklyn
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Cleveland, OH
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“Great Brooklyn Home Base”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2014

NU is a charming boutique hotel located in the midst of all that is Brooklyn while remaining an oasis from the hustle and bustle. With family in Carroll Gardens we are frequent Brooklyn visitors. We have previously rented apartments and stayed in other hotels but found our recent 4 days at NU to be one of the best experiences yet! Located at the intersection of Smith and Atlantic the hotel is a convenient stepping off point for all Brooklyn and Manhattan attractions - either on foot or via nearby subway access. The staff is friendly, helpful and very accommodating. The rooms are large - by NYC standards - and very hip with murals from local artists. We enjoyed sleeping "under the Brooklyn Bridge" and reading the artist's bio provided near the entrance to our room. We loved the cleanliness of the laminate flooring - rather than carpet - and appreciated the attention to environmentally safe products and recycling bins. The bed/bedding was as comfortable as our Sleep Number at home. The flat screen TV, refrigerator and abundance of in-room beverages and snacks (for purchase) facilitated a relaxing retreat after long days on NYC streets and there was always the option of socializing in the lobby bar. Continental breakfast (included) was tasty, plentiful and available during convenient hours. Free wi-fi performed flawlessly during the many work hours that I unfortunately had to log while there. We will definitely stay here again and highly recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Javier E, General Manager at NU Hotel, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Sounds like you enjoyed your stay in one of our NU Perspective Rooms! That one is my personally favorite. Adam is such a fantastic artist. If you haven't seen the time lapse video on our website you should definitely check it out. Thanks for taking to the time to leave such a great review. Sounds like we'll be seeing you again should you come back to Brooklyn!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2014

Boutique hotel clean and cool, exudes a great feel from the moment you step through the doors. Perfect location across from Smith Street where stores are hip and unique. Near Barclay center, a short cab to botanical gardens good eateries. Staff was friendly, competent and helpful. Designs of rooms were sleek with clean lines and great utility of space. Green hotel. I would definitely come back to this unique property. Parking lot next to hotel with special rate of 25.00/day for overnight guests.

Green Features: Silver level green hotel. Ventilation system environmentally friendly, high energy light bulbs, recycles, tracks energy use, energy star windows
  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Javier E, General Manager at NU Hotel, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to leave such a fantastic review. You really summed it up in quite a few short sentences. I could not have said it better! Service Culture and Community and very important to us. It's nice to read how you felt that as soon as you walked in. We're pleased to have exceeded your expectations and look forward to having you back as our guest again in the near future. Thanks!
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West Greenwich, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014

Very friendly staff. Very willing to help. I didn't feel invisible like I would across the bridge. Very convenient to Brooklyn attractions while a short ride to Manhattan. Of course the room was small but who cares, it was laid out very well with great amenities. Drinks in Lounge and minibar were reasonable. We drove this time for reasons unknown and didn't know what to expect. (I have paid some crazy prices in Manhattan for hotel parking). The adjacent independently owned garage was $25 per 24 hours, which pleasantly surprised me. I will insist on the train for the next visit though!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Javier E, General Manager at NU Hotel, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Totally agree! Manhattan congestion and prices can be out of control. Frequent travelers soon find out all that Brooklyn has to offer and become regular Brooklynites themselves when traveling to NYC. Believe or not, our rooms are large in comparison to the folks across the bridge. Ouch. Great service, great location, great rooms and great guests. Can't ask for much more! Thanks for the review!
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Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2014

I stayed at the NU Hotel while attending my college reunion at Long Island University. The hotel is so unique - cool and comfortable style - with excellent customer service. The continental breakfast was a great bonus! Great location close to the subway and various restaurants.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Javier E, General Manager at NU Hotel, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Thanks for the review! We're big fans of LIC! We have had a great relationship with them for many years. I'm pleased to see we were a part of your special reunion. I guess we'll be seeing you on the next reunion! :)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014

we had a lovely time at the nu. we were there for our friends wedding and this was the hotel she had picked for the out of town guest. i made a mistake in my resv, they tried calling and emailing me but i was traveling and didnt see the messages, totally my fault! natalie took care of us and we where able to still have the room we needed for the time we needed. she was great. The hotel itself was the best ! such a fun place. SUPER COOL.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank mayhemmo
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Javier E, General Manager at NU Hotel, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Thanks for the great review! This time you came for your friends wedding but next time you can come for yourself! We really appreciate the great overall comments. Natalie is a great leader at our hotel and it's nice to read how seamless the changes were made for you. Hope to have you back again soon!
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Albuquerque, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2014

My husband and I came down for the weekend to visit my sister. Admittedly, its a little more than I usually want to spend but it was worth it. The rooms were a great size, super cool, and the pillows were amazing...seriously comfy beds and pillows.
The staff was very friendly. I called to see about early check-in, and while they don't actual early check in, they did let us store our bags so we could get out and about before 3pm. Much appreciated.
I will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Amanda H
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Javier E, General Manager at NU Hotel, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Thanks Amanda! We're so glad you had a fantastic weekend with your family here in Brooklyn. And that you were able to enjoy it more, being so well-rested from sleeping on our brand new beds and pillows!! I hope that you do return for your next visit to NYC. We'll try to have that room ready for you, no matter what time you arrive!
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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2014

We visit Brooklyn (and our son and daughter-in-law). Our first visit was after they were considering it for the out of town guests for their reception. We stayed and liked it very very much. Easy location, nice parking option for drivers, easy to lots of restaurants and shopping, and then the wonderful easy to get along with staff. Rooms are clean and modern. Well, just perfect for us (and all the wedding guests liked it too!)

The only time I did not stay there was when it was booked...yes, it warrants being that popular. We will not stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Javier E, General Manager at NU Hotel, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Jean C., you are practically a local! I checked out your other reviews of things to do in Brooklyn and we might soon have to have you as our honorary Concierge! :) It's wonderful to have guests that return to us again and again. Please ask for me next time you're in town, I would love to meet you in person and find out what other Brooklyn-y things you've been up to! Thank you for the review, and for your loyalty. It's very much appreciated.
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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 Romantic Hotel in Brooklyn
#4 Family 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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