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A Stay At The Arlo Hotel, SoHo, New York City

We had a couple of days in New York and this time, instead of staying in the usual midtown district we decided to try one of the neighbourhoods of lower Manhattan. During our last trip to New York, we tried a food tour of NoLita and the surrounding area, we loved the village atmosphere of these eclectic neighbourhoods.

Despite Mr W not having a hipster beard and a skateboard, we opted to try one of the ‘trendiest‘ neighbourhoods in Manhattan, SoHo. This area to the south of Houston Street (SoHo) is famous for its cobbled streets, celebrity spotting, pricey boutiques and classic restaurants such as Balthazar.

Also, it’s only a short walk to Nolita (North of Little Italy), the trendy bars of the Lower East Side and the restaurants of Chinatown.

Staying in a New York hotel is never cheap but you still want value for money, a good location and something with a bit of character (in a cool way, not the strange small town B & B way!). We found the Arlo Hotel SoHo fitted our requirements, the online reviews were good and the price was comparably reasonable. The only slightly negative comments were about the size of the rooms but like London, New York hotels do not have the biggest rooms unless you pay the price.

Arrival & Check-In

The Arlo Main Hallway

The Arlo Main Hallway

We arrived at 1 pm and although the official check-in time is 3 pm our room was ready, a ‘Courtyard King’. The reception staff were very friendly and the whole check-in procedure was quick and efficient. This makes a pleasant change to some other hotels where, for some unknown reason, it takes infinite taps on a keyboard to check you in.

The Library

The Library

The public spaces had a great atmosphere, they actually felt very similar to some Scandinavian hotels we have stayed in. The large library room had some great touches and yes, plenty of power sockets and USBs. You will probably feel a bit out of place if you don’t have a Mac in your hand.

They also had a Candy Bar in the foyer which proved to be very tempting.

Camp Arlo

Camp Arlo in the courtyard

In the centre of the hotel is cool open courtyard which during our stay was set up as Camp Arlo. Featuring a collection of chic, hand-sewn canvas expedition tents, rocking chairs, faux fur blankets, lights and board games.

The Room

The Arlo Courtyard Room

The Arlo courtyard room

The rooms at the Arlo are small but perfectly formed (150 square feet). The bed sits in the window with views over the courtyard or the city, so be careful what you get up to with the blinds open, unless that’s your thing!

There’s a decent size 42″ TV at the end of the bed, plenty of power points and USB’s, reading lights, a pull-down desk, fridge, automatic blinds and a place to store one large suitcase.
Although small, it was one of the best-designed rooms we’ve stayed in. The only issue would be storage for luggage if you were staying longer as space is very limited.

The Arlo is not really the place where you would just stay in your room as there are so many great spaces to work or simply relax with a drink.

The Bars & Restaurant

Harold's Meat + Three

Harold’s Meat + Three

We eat in the hotel’s restaurant, Harold’s Meat + Three. The name and menu style is inspired by classic southern cooking. Although good, we did find it slightly pricey and we always forget that they never include tax or service in the price. We wish, especially in the shops they displayed the actual prices you pay.

We tried one of their cocktails, an ‘Old Fashioned’ which was very well made.

The Arlo RoofTop Bar

The Arlo Roof Top Bar

On top of the hotel is A.R.T the Arlo rooftop bar which is open from 4 pm weekdays and earlier on the weekends. It was a great bar with views along Canal Street and across to the Hudson River. We spent a couple of hours up there enjoying a warm sunny evening, relaxing while watching the chaotic traffic below trying to enter the Holland Tunnel.

The only thing with the bar was that they take your credit card away, this happens in a number of US bars and restaurants. To us UK visitors this is something most of us are not that comfortable with. To be honest, the whole card payment system in the US is still a bit antiquated, not that secure and slow, you still have to sign in most cases.

Looking down Canal Street

Looking down Canal Street

Overall we enjoyed our short stay at the Arlo Soho. The location was great and we loved the style of the hotel, the rooms were well planned with mirrors and plugs actually in the right places for a change.

We would definitely stay there again and would recommend it for a short stay in New York. We paid for the full trip ourselves and this review was not sponsored in any way.

Do you visit New York regularly? What area would you recommend and do you have a favourite hotel? Please let us know in the comments below.

A Stay At The Arlo Hotel, SoHo, New York City

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  • steph and zach dorworth
    May 19, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Love NY! This place does look unique and incredible. Love the little Camp Arlo they setup. And the rooftop bar with views of the Hudson omg could sit up there forever. Sounds like you really enjoyed it there!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      May 19, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      This hotel was a great find, the rooftop bar was perfect when the sun came out, must be good in the warm summer nights.

  • noel
    May 19, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    I love the rooftop deck and open areas, it really gives a nicer vibe and feel to be in the center of an urban jungle. The rooms are small but seem very comfortable indeed.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      May 20, 2018 at 1:45 pm

      The rooftop, as well as the courtyard, were great places to relax in the middle of the city. The rooms were small but they were really well designed, definitely intended for people on a short stay.

  • Lois Alter Mark
    May 21, 2018 at 12:49 am

    We’re going to be back in New York this summer and I’d love to stay here! It looks like a great hotel and I especially love the library and Camp Arlo. What great spaces!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      May 21, 2018 at 10:20 am

      The public spaces are excellent, love lower Manhattan too.

  • Carrie
    May 21, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Eeshk 150 square feet? Those are some tiny rooms! I like the decor and atmosphere, and the neighborhood is super cool, but that doesn’t seem worth the price.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      May 21, 2018 at 10:24 am

      You’re in New York, like London if you want big rooms in the city you are going to pay! The design of the rooms are excellent and although small they are much better than a lot of rooms we have stayed in. Also, you’re in New York are you really going to waste your time in your room all day!

  • Shruti Prabhu
    May 21, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    What a cute little hotel. I’m quite petite and don’t mind small rooms. I totally wouldn’t mind staying here. The decor looks interesting and a candy bar in the foyer! Loved it!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      May 23, 2018 at 8:11 am

      That candy bar was too tempting.

  • sherianne
    May 22, 2018 at 3:16 am

    Love New York City, haven’t spent much time in SoHo. Amazed at how much is included in a 150 ft space! Rooftop bars are my fav but, honestly, you had me at candy bar

    • Mr and Mrs W
      May 23, 2018 at 8:12 am

      Although small, it was one of the best-designed rooms and the bed itself was king size.

  • Rosemary
    May 22, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    What an amazing rooftop bar with an incredible view. Love discovering boutique hotels all over the world. Although small, it’s really quaint and a real gem. Thanks for sharing this. Pinning it for a future trip to New York 🙂

    • Mr and Mrs W
      May 23, 2018 at 8:13 am

      We loved the location in lower Manhattan too, would definitely stay in this area again.

  • Cat
    May 22, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    This is such a cute hotel! I love the sleek and modern design. Can’t believe there’s even a roof top bar!!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      May 23, 2018 at 8:14 am

      The rooftop bar is really good, we even had some sun on the second day so we could actually enjoy it.

  • Veronika Tomanova
    May 23, 2018 at 7:21 am

    I am lover of Scandinavian architecture, too:) Arlo seems to be great choice for New York: so cozy and great for resting. And lots of sockets for charging is handy, any digital nomad would have great stay here.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      May 23, 2018 at 8:15 am

      A lot of people seemed to use the public spaces and courtyard for work and small meeting. Like I said, you would feel left out without some Apple device.

  • Ziki Dekel
    July 15, 2018 at 5:21 am

    Great recommendation! Love how you mentioned if want something of “character”, from the pictures it looks like a cozy place to stay in. What do you usually use to scout for good hotels to stay in? You’ve made a great choice in choosing this one! Also, the rooftop bar reminds me of that show that just aired recently on Netflix, “Set It Up”.