Affordable Travel Guide to The NoMad Hotel, New York City

The European Hotel Experience on American Soil

The NoMad Hotel, New York City

An acronym for NOrth of MADison Square Park, the NoMad is of the boutique-style hotels in close proximity to coveted downtown New York City locales like Soho, Greenwich Village, Chelsea and Gramercy Park. Situated at a once less glamorous corner of Broadway and 28th Street, its very presence has been instrumental in the gentrification of this neighborhood, resulting in other upgrades, and the influx of quality merchants and fine dining.

You need go no further than the dining establishments within the NoMad to experience the height of great cuisine. The hotel’s restaurants, patios (al fresco dining on the rooftop is a must in summer!), cocktail lounges and private dining rooms have been written up and very positively reviewed by media from the New York Times to Condé Nast Traveler. The food here is spectacular. Even if you opt for other, possibly less expensive accommodations (see our piece on the Algonquin Hotel, also in new York City), eat at the NoMad, but reserve well in advance; you’re not the only one who knows…

Interior and Exterior Design Icon

The Beaux-Arts building exterior with its detailed façade and tower corners slips a hint of what is to come inside. The immediate response is warmth and opulence; you half-expect someone like Calvin Trillin or Philip Roth to slip into the two-story library bar (you’ll be tempted to slide down the spiral staircase banister, but this place is about quiet decorum) for a libation and a great book to read (maybe written by themselves).

Kudos to French designer Jacques Garcia for his fabulous, largely neo-classical interior, evocative of the grander days of Europe. You’ll feel like royalty in these surroundings, especially when you sip a cocktail next to the elaborate marble fireplace that once presided over a grand room in a stately French chateau. And yet there is a singular New York-ness to this place. Perhaps it the busy street corner; like Paris but with less honking horns. Or the American brand of efficiency. Whatever the case, the NoMad seamlessly combines the two in unforgettable style.

Rooms and Amenities

The hotel offers 168 rooms, all with king beds, and commonly with claw-foot bathtubs, mostly situated in the rooms, as opposed to the bathrooms (there are walk-in showers in those). Two large suites, The Suite Royale being the largest at 1,1,00 square feet, plus 700 square feet of terrace, attract the luxury traveler among us. The rest of us are content with a top-notch standard room (anything but standard at this property) and the imagination to guess at who might occupy the suites during their fashionable visit to New York.

The circular hallways, rich draperies, tasteful original artwork, attention to detail, dark woods and sumptuous lobby transport guests from the hubbub of the city to an era and a world away. If you want cheap rooms at the NoMad, they might come your way. Off-season, mid-week, you may find a deal, even for one night, but it’s one of those rare places you want to stay, at least once, so you can brag to your friends. Even special finds like the NoMad prefer rooms filled than rooms empty, so try your luck. You’ll find every amenity imaginable at the NoMad, right down to coveted argan bath accessories. The nightly turn-down service tops the deal; you’ll know what it’s like to live the high life for as long as you stay at New York’s NoMad Hotel, a place that could end the wanderlust, the nomad, in all of us.

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