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Hip, Modern Brooklyn boutique hotels! Traveling to New York & can’t afford to stay in Manhattan? NU Hotel NY review.


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Thanks for the birthday wishes, Pirates! You are total rockstars.

My Huffington Post series “Travel SOS” is back! This time, the questions is: “Help — how can I find a decent, well-located hotel in Manhattan for under $150 a night?”

La Carmina’s advice… you’re looking in the wrong borough. Try staying in Brooklyn, as I did on my recent trip to New York.

I was hosted by NU Hotel (85 Smith Street), and it was probably my favorite NY stay to date. In this new travel video (above and on Huff Post Travel, I explore the benefits of Brooklyn hotels.

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My friend Molly and I loved the friendly staff and laid-back modern vibe. NU’s front desk doubles as a bar, and there are free chocolate chip cookies.

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Every bathroom has a chalkboard wall, and doodling is encouraged. I drew Basil Farrow to remind me of home.

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Brooklyn rocks. The neighborhood has a more relaxed pace, and a greener environment. I loved the colorful local art, cute boutiques, concerts and cafes.

Watch us take a shopping tour of Smith Street. We visit the boutiques Bird and Dear Fieldbinder, which have a well-edited selection.

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How scrumptious is this vegetarian sweet and sour lunch from Wild Ginger?

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My room was so spacious (a rarity in NYC) that Tigi stylist Brandon was able to set up a hair station.

White wide-brim hat: Giovanno (similar to this)
Black and white top: Spider, from Hong Kong
Skull bracelets: gifted from Kreepsville 666
Lace Goth fish-tail skirt: gifted from Corset Chick (see my review)

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At the NU, some suites even have hammocks. This one has a swivel chair.

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A final reason to stay in downtown Brooklyn: the location. You’re only a 10-15 minute subway ride from the Lower East Side, St Mark’s Place, and the East and West Villages.

Convinced? Next time you’re visiting New York, keep the NU Hotel in mind.

Have you spent time in Brooklyn? Where are your favorite hangouts? I hope you find my latest video helpful.

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13 Comments

  1. Posted August 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Wow! I wish I spent more time in Brooklyn when we where there! <3

  2. Posted August 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    thanks laCarmina! now i know where i could stay if i do end up going to New York next year.

  3. Posted August 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    My gosh La Carmina. How many countries and states have you been to? Someday I would love to travel just as much as you do. Just have to find a way to make my dreams real.

  4. Posted August 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    I knew that was Basil right away :)

  5. Posted August 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday La Carmina, may you be blessed and spoilt and many more – hope you making a weekend of it. Basil give your amazing Mom both, it is her birthday after all ;o)~

  6. Posted August 17, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday!!!! Hope to see you in LA soon.

  7. Posted August 17, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Happy birthday! Wow, wish I knew, I would of gave you birthday wishes before I went to bed.

  8. Posted August 17, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Nice vid, gal!

  9. Posted August 18, 2012 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    Good to know about this.

  10. Posted August 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Can I give an advice to people who want to stay in Manhattan for less than 150$? The Jane (Capsule) Hotel. I don’t know if you’ve already featured it (I’ve only seen it mentioned in comments) it but the rooms are really nice; inspired by train/ship cabins, they are not that small – you can fit a big luggage under your bed. The bathrooms are in common but they are very clean and lockable – only the basin area is really public- and the price is usually around 100-130$ per night (I paid 99$ in low season). The location is great because it’s minutes away from a subway stop and there’s a nice park nearby, the area is also quite safe at night (at least for me, I walked alone in the area twice around 4AM and it was okay) and there’s a pharmacy in the vicinity. I also think it would be a nice feature for your blog ;D

    • Posted August 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

      Oh that’s a great recommendation!! xoxox

  11. Posted August 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    I went on the Nu Hotel website and didn’t fins a room for under $250 a night in the next 2 months? Did I miss some tip you gave on how to get the $150 rate?

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