RebeccaRyanOrange gave a description that kinda turned us on:
The rooms, which look deceptively stark on the hotel's web site, are refreshingly clean, white, and bright. (And the largest we've ever had in NYC.) The environmentally correct cork flooring is easy on the feet and conscience since cork is sustainable and renewable. Accents of chocolate brown and a colorful hand screened pillow enliven the room as does the very New York specific art work.
But be aware that Brooklyn is still New York City -- accordingly, there is the possibility that there won't be silence outside of your window. Especially if you're on the side of the hotel that faces Atlantic Avenue. Kdy1 confirms:
Firstly the staff really are very friendly, polite and helpful. Unfortunately on our first night we were on Atlantic Ave where the 4 lanes of traffic never stopped and I got very little sleep but the next morning we were moved straight after I asked what else was available to a quiet room round the back of the hotel.
Part of HC HQ is located right in that 'hood, and we can confirm that Smith Street -- which the front of the hotel faces -- is totally hoppin' but the traffic noise is much, much quieter than the Atlantic Avenue side. In fact, Smith Street is almost like Manhattan Lite -- so lite, actually, that a bus stopping in front of the Nu Hotel was worthy of a 400+ word article in the Brooklyn Paper today. There are lots of cool restaurants, funky shops and kickass bars in the neighborhood, though. We promise.