Be charmed by the trendy neighbourhood vibes and feel like you’re living in a chic NYC apartment.
This downtown 55-room boutique hotel is bang in the middle of Manhattan’s up-and-coming neighbourhood of Nolita. Nolita (‘North of Little Italy’) happens to be one of my favourite places in NYC as is it is the cross-section of cool between stylish SoHo, bustling Chinatown, old town Little Italy and the gritty LES (Lower East Side). If you enjoy edgy designer shopping, gallery hopping, cafes brimming with beautiful people, cheap bites to eat and a happening music scene – the Nolitan will have you walking out into a vibrant neighbourhood in close proximity to authentic gems of Lower Manhattan.
It offers stylish design and a brilliant location without the typically hefty price tag of nearby SoHo hotels. Many tourists head straight to the hustle-bustle of Times Square or opt for a hotel within walking to distance to 5th Avenue shopping. For myself, I prefer a local experience and to dive into the the diverse, interesting parts of the city, and The Nolitan hotel was the right place to start.
Upon arrival, the vast glass facade with an adjoining French restaurant might be a little disorientating but a bright neon sign indicates you’re at the right place. One might assume from first glance that the place would be a little too uniformly hip, but a warm welcome made us feel right at home.
The chic design with clean lines, open space and a masculine edge immediately impresses. Fresh flowers and copies of Cereal Magazine can be spotted around the room, adding a welcoming touch. The staff are well dressed and friendly. Before taking the elevator up to our room, the concierge informed us of the ‘Sips and Savouries’ every evening (Monday-Friday) where there is wine and nibbles available to guests on the house.
The ‘Neighbourhood Balcony’ room is sleek, clean but compact. The bed was comfortable and sported a red cashmere throw for extra comfort. The mini bar is well stocked with thoughtful little treats and useful items. In the cupboard a Nolitan Hotel brand umbrella and yoga mat can be found should the need arise. You can also ask concierge about renting bikes, skateboards or laptops if required.
One of my favourite features of the room is the little balcony that overlooks the city. The less than sizeable room is given an airy and open feeling. It was pleasant sitting outside each morning feeling like a local armed with a cup of coffee and bagel from nearby Black Seed Bagel. It gave me that flutter of excitement looking out onto the city in the heart of REAL New York and feeling like the world is my oyster. The views stretched out from a glimpse of the Empire State Building, a peak of the Chrysler Building to the New Museum and quirky graffiti in the foreground.
In the evening before heading out a night out, the invite to Sips and Savouries was a wonderful touch. Mostly young, professional couples sat around quietly enjoying help-yourself wine and cheeses. Flicking through the arty books on the nearby shelves and sinking into the comfortable leather couches, it felt like we were socialising in a stylish NYC apartment.
Check-out is at the sensible hour of 12am which is exactly what you want in the city that never sleeps. My only complaint is after three days in the heart of authentic New York, it was awfully hard to leave.
The Neighbourhood Balcony room is priced from $259 per night. Visit http://www.nolitanhotel.com/
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