A welcome addition to an underserved neighborhood, the Nolitan combines a hip, slightly gritty feel with some luxe touches, but don't expect a lot of space to spread out. Guest rooms have exposed, distressed-cement ceilings and walls and minimalist modern decor; north-facing rooms have unobstructed views of the Empire State Building (ask for a room with a terrace during warm months). A curtain separates the showerfrom the sleeping area. The inviting rooftop doesn't have a bar, but you can bring a drink up and soak in the Manhattan skyline. Thoughtful touches include a 12 pm check-out and a complimentary wine-and-cheese happy hour Monday through Saturday.