By Terry Trucco
One day a parking lot, the next day a hotel. Okay, the Nolitan wasn’t built in a day.
But after years when new hotels mostly grew out of old buildings, New York’s latest properties are rising from the ground up. Consider the Mondrian SoHo, Yotel Times Square, Dream Downtown and the James, to name a few.
The 55-room Nolitan, which opened this week, joins this group with one big difference. This is the first hotel in Nolita, the crunchy, east-of-SoHo neighborhood that nudges Chinatown and Little Italy (hence the North of Little Italy moniker).
A spiritual subset of the Lower East Side, Nolita feels like a genuine neighborhood with its mix of hip restaurants and shops next to old-time bakeries, glam-free warehouses, auto repair shops and miraculously, almost no chain stores. Greenery is scarce, but the skyline is low.
How does this translate into a hotel? I headed downtown to find out. (more…)