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The NU hotel is an excellent choice for those who have been there, done that, got the t-shirt from Manhattan and are now looking for not only a new New York City adventure, but also a different hotel experience too. This is a young-spirited hotel with a great atmosphere and excellent staff. The rooms are spacious and well appointed in a contemporary fashion and there are many nice little touches to make your stay a memorable one. The hotel is suitable for all ages of guest and is recommended for couples, friends and families. Even if this is your first trip to the city, don't be so quick to discount staying in Brooklyn and you'll find the advantages to be many-fold.

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    Location 3.0 /10

    The NU hotel is located on one of Downtown Brooklyn's main shopping thoroughfares, Smith Street. It's known for having some excellent restaurants which is handy as the hotel doesn't serve lunch or dinner. Attractions in the hotel's immediate vicinity are limited with the New York Transit Museum being the only one within a few minutes' walk. However, just a few minutes on the subway (several stations are close by) and you can be over in FiDi, CanDo and SoHo while a few more instants and you're in the trendy Greenwich Village or Meatpacking District. JFK is 14 miles away, La Guardia 11 miles and Newark 15.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    There is accommodation for every type of traveller at the NU, with three categories available. The standard room is of a generous size and has several unique features which make this hotel stand out. For example, the flooring is 100% cork, the bedding is made entirely from organic cotton and the furniture, which consists of a long desk, bedside tables and a drawer unit, is all made from reclaimed wood from a former building site. It is also one of the only hotels to have recycle bins in the rooms. The decoration in the room is very simple and is mainly white, with just a brown armchair and black coffee table breaking that general rule. Amenities include a jack box which you can hook up your music or laptop to, flatscreen television, minibar and snacks, safe, umbrella, iron and ironing board and a clock radio. There is also some art work on the wall, some of it by Basquiat. The lighting is functional too with reading lights by the bed and a low hanging lamp above the small coffee table. The bathroom is equally as spacious (it would perhaps have been a better idea to reduce its size in order to have more space in the room) and has a bathtub with monsoon shower, hairdryer, sprout out toiletries and a giant blackboard to one side on which you can write with the chalk found in a hole by the sink. Those rooms with a king bed have a walk-in closet while there are other similar rooms which have an additional bunk bed to accommodate children (or indeed other group members).The urban suite boasts a hammock which stretches from one corner of the room to the other and a padded lather niche bed. There is also a separate seating area with couch.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    The exterior of the hotel is rather unassuming and could be mistaken for a block of flats. Inside however, you'll find a bright, welcoming lobby with some great design features such as the tiny reading alcove, the old mannequin standing there 'naked' and the art display by local artists all centered around two yellow armchairs and a orchid-crowned coffee table. Behind the reception desk, which is manned by a delightful staff, always waiting with a smile and able to strike up conversation, are two black and white prints of New York buildings, while a display window at the end displays hotel memorabilia. Also in the lobby you'll find a computer where guests can surf the net free-of-charge and print documents. The hotel doesn't have a wellness centre (although in-room treatments can be arrnaged upon request), but it does have a fitness centre with the latest machines and free weights with water, fruit and towels on hand. From time to time the hotel organises art events, inviting local artists to showcase their works to the guests. The hotel's public spaces are all in immaculate condition and there are some fun features such as quotes from famous Brookylnites such as the author Betty Smith. The corridors are wide and well lit and finding your room is a simple task.

    Food and drink 5.70 /10

    The NU doesn't have a restaurant as such, but rather a bar and seating area in the lobby where guests can help themselves to a modest continental breakfast buffet (included in the room rate) in the mornings and which becomes a bar in the evenings. It can get quite busy in the mornings so you might want to head down earlier rather than later before the rush. It feels a little like a coffee shop with its bar and stool seating at the front window and has wifi connection which many guests take advantage of here. There are many acclaimed restaurants near to the hotel as well as an animated night life. Ask the concierge for suggestions.

    To know

    The hotel has six fully-adapted rooms for guests in wheelchairs, with wide showers and handrails. Those who are light sleepers will especially like the NU as it is a quite property, especially the rooms at the back. Eco warriors will also be pleased to hear that many features of the hotel are environmentally friendly such as the furniture and toiletries in the rooms.

    Equipment

    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning

    advantage

    • Size of rooms
    • Excellent staff
    • Innovative ideas
    • Away from busy tourist areas

    disadvantages

    • Distance from some major tourist attractions

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