I have just returned from a weeks holiday in New York with my teenage daughter. Trying to find a hotel was a mindfield, there are so many. Having stayed at the Soho Grand last year with a friend I wanted to try something different and found a review on theTelegraph's website of a new hotel set to open called the NoMad. From my first enquiry with their reservations I got the feeling it was going to be good, Libby in reservations was a pleasure to deal with and so helpful, I opted for the classic room overlooking the atrium, which I upgraded two days before the trip to an Atelier with two queen size beds. Upon arriving at the hotel a little jaded our bags were taken to our room and we were greeted in a professional and exceptionally friendly manner by the staff on reception. The porter took us to our room and we were left to our own devices. Our room was perfect! Large (for New York) a fantastic bathroom, his and her sinks, a huge shower and seperate wc. The only downside maybe is storage a little limited, but I think travelling with a teenage daughter you'd never have enough! We took ourselves downstairs to the bar area for a drink. We were seated in the restaurant (which was full) and enjoyed a couple of drinks and a chat with the staff, explaining that we had just arrived and were set for a walking tour the next morning. Back in our room and after five minutes there was a knock at the door. Brandon, one of the staff we had chatted to arrived with a bag; in it was some granola, fruit and a card giving us two complimentary coffees to go to take on our tour, I was amazed, I have never experienced such personal service in New York. I can honestly say it was the best coffee I tasted all week! The beds are extremely comfortable, so much so my teenage daughter prefered it to hers and that's saying something! The rooms have high ceilings, large windows, decor is great, very welcoming, you feel like you are staying in someones house. Our room was always cleaned to a very high standard, turn down service was great, bath robes, slippers, hair dryer, iron and ironing board in the room but no tea or coffee making facilities. On the 2nd night we arrived back in the room to find a bottle of red wine with a note, a nice touch. The bar area is great, a long bar with seating, tables and a library. The bar was full from 5pm to 10.30 pm everynight of our stay; there was a great atmosphere and the bar staff very friendly and helpful, giving us tips on restaurants etc. Our room was a little noisy (at the time some work on MAISON KITSUNÉ was taking place) I spoke with reception and were promptly moved to the sixth floor and upgraded to a Salon. Fantastic! The restaurant is fantastic, we ate there on our 2nd night, the food and service was excellent, we opted for the Roast Chicken, if you go to New York and are lucky enough to get a table at this restaurant I would thoroughly recommend, it is amazing!
The hotel is in midtown on 28th street and Broadway (subway round the corner). I have to admit that at first I thought an odd area to place such a wonderful hotel,(small perfume and electrical shops around) but I cannot help but wonder if the owners have had forsight into what must be the next up and coming area in New York. You are easy walking distance to Times Square and Broadway, the Flaitron building, Union Square etc..
The guys on reception could not have been more helpful, Bri organised some fantastic restaurants for us from Balthazar, Pastis, and River Park. I took the Time Out guide the New York, even though I had been there before it was so helpful. We walked the HighLine, discovered Shake Shack, The Spotted Pig and so much more.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel, my daughter had an amazing time, so did I, we were only too sad to leave, but I will definately return and when I do the NoMad will definately be my choice of hotel.
- 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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