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). Showers are directly exposed to the sleeping area, though there's a curtain for modest
guests. 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 1 pm check-out and a complimentary wine-and-cheese happy hour Monday through Saturday.