New Kid on the Block: Tribeca Blu Hotel

The Tribeca Blu Hotel at the southeast corner of Canal and Broadway opened yesterday. The gorgeous nine-story building was vacant for six years before Ruchi Enterprises took it over. When all the floors are ready—only 2 through 5 are open so far—the hotel will have 70 rooms.

It’s certainly in a convenient location: Soho to the north, Chinatown to the east, Tribeca to the west.

The hotel will turn part of its small lobby into a bar for guests—there are no other public spaces—with a front desk coming near the door. There are also iPad check-in kiosks. The goal is to promote local venues, so there’s a chalkboard where staff and guests can make recommendations. (Here’s hoping they branch out beyond Atomic Wings.) And while many of us find Canal Street less than a treat, I enjoyed watching the action from within the calm lobby.

I was told that rates are $250–$350, and they’re already sold out next week. I first saw a standard room. It’s tiny—I took the photo from the hallway—but tall ceilings and tall windows make up for a lot. (Even the bathrooms have windows.) Some rooms get access to a fire escape, although the hotel understandably discourages guests from using it. Rooms come with iHome thingamajigs and free Internet.

Then I saw an executive king room on the western side. Such views!

Recent New Kid on the Block/First Impressions articles:
Josh Bach
Harry’s Italian
HomBom Toys
Matt Bernson
Kaffe 1668
Potbelly Sandwich Shop



  1. Kind of a tragedy that such a magnificent building has been turned into something akin to a “boutique” Comfort Inn. I guess the preferred clientele will at least having plenty of shoppiong opportunities on Canal Street…

  2. Hey now, poopstarr2000, stop being so cynical and snooty. The owners are young, have good intentions and are at least trying to do something positive with the ugly duckling of lower manhattan. Shame on you!