NoMad Hotel just opened in New York City | New York, United States | A new hotel option is around the block and last week I came to have a look at it. NOMAD Hotel (aka, NOrth of MADison Square Park, but also playing with the words of being a traveller and moving around). I must be fully honest, and say that while being an interesting option, I was not quite blown away by it. Located on Broadway and 28th Street, ideally situated between the East and West sides of the City, the hotel is convenient to most areas, including SoHo, Greenwich Village, Chelsea and the Meatpacking District.
The NoMad Hotel is housed in a turn of the century Beaux-Arts building that has been fully restored to its original grandeur with interiors by French designer Jacques Garcia. The hotel is intended as a fresh take on the classic grand hotels of Europe with a distinct New York sensibility. The design of the hotel was inspired by the Parisian flat of Garcia’s youth. The 168 rooms are residential in feel and decorated in his classic, timeless style. Each room is appointed with hand-selected, richly textured custom-designed furnishings and original artwork. The soaring ceilings throughout the public spaces provide a fine gathering place to enjoy dining, drinking and socializing. Seven room types all including these amenities High-speed wireless internet access, ARGAN Bathroom amenities, Nightly turndown service and Daily newspaper delivery.
What didn’t blow me away from the hotel, well I love the European concept of the design overall, now the flow of the rooms was not quite right there for me. Walking by the corridors I got a bit of the Gramercy Park Hotel, but once in the room, I just didn’t feel it.
For me was too much for such a small space. Everyday you see more and more hotels with bathrooms integrated into the room, with old styled bathtubs. But for me… sometimes and for some hotels it just doesn’t work. But hey this is just my point of view, and of course depends on which room type you are being booked at.
Other points I was not too crazy about were, the desk area being too small, I do enjoy some extra room on my desk to place my laptop, my iPad etc… Finally each room features beautiful huge windows, BUT what happens with those amazing windows when facinf to this…. (see photo above). We all know that NYC can be very noisy, specially at night… so make sure to ask your room on the higher floors.
Now enough of wrongs…. lets move on for the RIGHTS… and this time they really got my attention. All the common Dinning areas are just brilliant, casually elegant under the supervision of Chef Daniel Humm . The Atrium Restaurant, an airy, sunlit space inspired by the great courtyards of Europe. The natural light filtering through the pyramidal glass roof, perfect for a nice lunch. The Bar, dramatic 24-foot-long mahogany bar evokes a balanced mix of spirited club and elegant lounge (photo above) by award winning-mixologist, Leo Robitschek.
But my three favorites were, The Library, fully curated, two-level library connected by an original spiral staircase imported from the South of France, with a mezzanine catwalk. Light fare and finger foods are served alongside coffee, tea, wine and cocktails. Great space for a business meeting (photo above). The Parlour, a more intimate version of the Atrium., an elegant and convivial area for dinner. Finally but MOST important, the soon to open Rooftop restaurant with stunning views of New York’s icons like Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. But that is for my next post.
So you be the judge. Give a try and let me know your comments and feedback. Crazy for some follow up. Rooms going form USD 280 + TAX per night on. And I will be trying one of the restaurants of the hotel next week and I will be sharing my comments with you all. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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