First things first, The Nomad is not a luxury hotel, it's a boutique hotel. That means loads of style, a lot of substance, but still, a small property that provides an exclusive and fun experience without being up there with the Peninsula, the Four Seasons, or even the Mark. To give it an "excellent" rating, I would need the orchestral virtuosity this lovely gem doesn't give, nor wants to.
That said, I loved it.
The beaux-arts building is just lovely, although the precise Broadway block it stands in is perhaps the shabbiest below 120th street. I understand the location has been an issue, but I for one had never spent any time in lower midtown/flatiron, and the area has a lot of great things to offer. And it is a very central base from which to go to anywhere, from downtown to the upper east side.
The lobby's interior design is beautiful and strikes a somewhat theatrical tone, scaled down a bit in the restaurant and bar. You do have to cross the restaurant to go to the bar which I found uncomfortable. Once at the adorable library room, you probably won't care how you got there.
The room was seriously cool. Very spacious, light flooded, beautifully decorated. Great mini bar selection, bedside iphone dock, lovely art work. I loved the tub, and used it a couple of times.
There were no drawers in the closet, so I kept my underwear in the desk drawers and the folded shirts in the TV/mini chest. There's more than enough space to put a small four drawer chest in the room, so I hope Monsieur Garcia comes up with a solution.
Service was courteous and friendly throughout. I did ask for a cup of coffee while sitting in the lobby, and was charged 4 dollars for an expresso in a paper cup, hardly acceptable. The doormen talked a lot with each other while attending the door, and were uneven in friendliness. After the first night, and having been given a room on the third floor, I asked to move to an upper floor, due to the street noise and trembling of the subway. The request was addressed promptly, and in the most accommodative fashion.
Would I recommend the Nomad? Of course. I do however feel that for a long stay it is not the most advisable property, and the location might be off putting for those seeking immediate action at their doorstep. I would most definitely recommend it for 3 night stays, specially if you have a lot of different locations to go to, as it is so central.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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