The James New York-NoMad
What We Love
- Lounging in the spacious, luxurious lobby, and helping yourself to a pastry or evening snack
- Discovering NoMad, home to bookstores, boutiques, and NYC’s "Silicon Alley"
- Streaming movies to the app-equipped tablet in your residential-style room or suite
What To Know
- James Club amenities include complimentary coffee, tea, and pastries in the lobby between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. every day
- Free WiFi is available
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Few hospitality groups are as synonymous with cosmopolitan style and contemporary luxury as The James Hotels, which all share a slick, fashion-forward aesthetic worthy of their glamorous urban surroundings. You can expect the same of The James New York – NoMad. This high-end hideaway is all about high design, updating the Beaux-Arts former Carlton Hotel with locally inspired details by Thomas Juul-Hansen (of Nougatine by Jean-Georges and all David Yurman outlets nationwide). Expect a reimagined mid-century vibe and plenty of 21st-century touches, from a 24-hour fitness center that will carry Peloton bikes to a custom mobile app by KEYPR on every in-room tablet. Cozy guest rooms make you feel as if you’ve rented a NoMad pied-à-terre, complete with local art on the walls and local treats in the pantry. For buzz-worthy dining, a Scarpetta location and cocktail bar by LDV Hospitality will open in early October. And in case you needed another reason to stick around, and maybe skip the city slicking entirely, complimentary pastries or light bites will be served periodically throughout the day.
In the Area
NoMad is being hailed as Manhattan’s newest neighborhood, but also dates back to the Gilded Age and retains Historic District status. Gape at the gorgeous Beaux-Arts buildings, or see all that’s hip and new right down in namesake Madison Square Park, home to one of the original Shake Shack outposts. Popular restaurants in the area include Pondicheri, Hill Country Barbecue, La Pecora Bianca, and the eateries of Eataly, while there are some stylish boutiques in the area, as well.
How to Get There
We came to check into our room and it was not ready, which is understandable. But, when we came back later in the night to check in, the man at the front desk made us wait for 30+ mins while he milled around and gave us attitude. The staff is very unfriendly and not eager to please it's guests. Do not stay here—there are many more hotels in the city that are better for the price you pay.
I selected this hotel last minute, because I needed to be close to Penn Station (and didn't want to be in one of those dreary hotels right by the station itself.) The price was good (for NYC), the neighborhood has a nice feel to it, and the building itself, which must date from the early 1900s, was quite beautiful. But something just didn't feel right about the place; don't think I'd want to go back.
Seems like the hotel tries hard to be the hippest spot in town, but it doesn't quite cut it. Though I was grateful to be upgraded to a larger room, the furnishings felt really junky; they were sort of retro sixties style (think lava lamps), which didn't quite work in that space. The walls were a dingy white, and there was a bad smell in the bathroom (even the soap smelled odd). The public rooms were fine, but nothing special. The creaky looking elevator stopped between floors and shook violently for a few seconds, which didn't help my mood.
In fairness, from what I gather, the hotel only became The James recently -- I think several other hotels have occupied that space -- and hopefully it will improve over time. But I'd advise them to do away with that furniture, for starters; it's neither hip nor soothing, and it doesn't mesh with the building, which has real character.
This is an amazingly beautiful hotel from the inside out. The history of the building just jumps out at you as you arrive. We arrived around 5pm and they were serving the wine in the lobby. It was great to see guest of all ages and background mingling over wine and cheese trays. We visited the bar in the basement level named the Seville and it was so cool. It reminded me of an old Speakeasy or Jazz club from the 50's. Once we were in our room we notice how amazing the views were and the rooms were not the biggest I had ever stayed in in NY but the layouts made them perfectly comfortable.
Love The James Nomad ! Amazing location in NYC, great service & super comfortable rooms - looking forward to checking in again soon! :) Easy walking distance to Madison Sq Park & a host of NYC's best restaurants!
My husband & I stayed at the James for 5 nights two weeks ago on our "baby-moon" & were very happy with the hotel, the facilities & in particular the location. Walking distance from some great restaurants, shopping & sites, which was very convenient. Highly recommend walking over to Bagels & Schmear, nearby, for breakfast for what my husband referred to as the best bagel he's ever had!
The room was great - no view & a bit small, but that's standard for NYC & wasn't a problem. The bed was extremely comfortable, which is saying a lot considering I'm 7+ months pregnant. And the amenities (shampoo, lotion, etc.) were fabulous.
Was a bit disappointed that the TV didn't work the first night, but was fixed the following day as promised.
After much research & settling on this hotel, I would highly recommend staying here on your next trip.