My wife and I just spent a very nice five days at the NoMad.
We travel to NYC frequently and have tried many hotels, with the Sofitel perhaps our favorite...until now.
We indulged in a suite thanks to a Jetsetter "sale", and everything was great, the enthusiastic welcome at the door, the room layout (our suite had no real view, as the windows faced the side street, but even then, everything has been calculated perfectly, even from the shower you have a side view of typical NY brown brick buildings), the bottle of wine from the manager, the hotel restaurant (more on this later), the beautiful people in and around the hotel at all times, the subway station RIGHT at the door, etc
In short, among the hotels we have tried in NYC, perhaps this one best captures the NYC experience we are all looking for when travelling there.
The vintage room décor is great, the bed was sumptuous, the bathroom spacious and efficient, really all 1st class.
The location is perfect in our view, in the middle of everything, close to Midtown on one side and Chelsea on the other side.
The hotel restaurant was also a nice surprise. It is huge, exudes trendiness and is very popular. It was hard to get a table for a Sunday night, we phoned from outside around 3PM and were told the place was full for the evening, but then they were able to find a table once we said we were hotel guests.
We went for the signature (when in Rome...) chicken dish and did not regret it, what a treat! My only semi-negative comment is that the extensive (62 pages on IPAD) wine list is way too pricey, with no selections to speak of in the $30-50 range and only a random few between $50-100, so that more than 80 0r 90% of the list is priced $100+...This does not match with the rather moderate food prices in the menu and is inexcusable in my view, given the abundance of good moderately priced wines in today's world in general, and in the US in particular.
Finally, if you are visually challenged, this might not be the proper place for you. The great atmosphere is created in part by using very little ambient lighting and a lot of areas (lobby, corridors,elevators, etc) are dark to very dark.
- 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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