The NoMad Hotel
What We Love
- The hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant is one of the best (and sexiest) in the city
- Bathrooms have exclusive Argan amenities by Côté Bastide
- A huge fitness center with state-of-the-art machines
- French label Maison Kitsuné mixes its well-cut Parisian-inspired basics with albums from its music label and a careful edit of other brands in the onsite boutique
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Most Atelier Rooms have freestanding clawfoot tubs
- Outdoor rooftop space is only available for private events
- Reservations are highly recommended for the hotel's restaurant
- The building is gorgeous but historic (read: You might hear hall noise and the occasional squeaky pipe)
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Even the most jaded New Yorkers couldn’t help but gush over the French-inspired Jacques Garcia interiors, historic Beaux-Arts façade, and hip bar and restaurant when this luxe property opened in 2012. The sexy, low-lit interiors have a hushed Old World glamour, with Merlot velvet drapes, tassled sconces, and ornate marble fireplaces. Garcia drew inspiration from his childhood flat in Paris when designing the 168 apartment-like guest rooms—think reclaimed maple floors, antique Heriz rugs, and wall hangings (black-and-white French photographs; record sleeves) found in vintage shops. A multitude of A-listers have flocked to the popular restaurant downstairs—a lush space inspired by European garden restaurants and headed by a Michelin-starred chef serving inventive French cuisine like whole roasted chicken with foie gras, black truffle, and brioche. Behind the restaurant is the 24-foot mahogany bar where mixologists hold court with such drinks as the Mother’s Little Helper, a concoction of gin, sherry, dry vermouth, triple sec, elderflower liqueur, and bitters best sipped slowly in the adjoining two-story Library. In 2014, the hotel added The Nomad Bar, a sexy bi-level space serving up classic cocktails, haute bar fare (think truffle and foie gras chicken pot pie), and reserve cocktails made with high-end spirits.
In the Area
Most tourists know the hotel’s neighborhood because of Herald Square and Macy’s, and real estate brokers have christened the hip ‘hood NoMad (north of Madison), but locals know it as Koreatown. Grab some joo mool reok at Madangsui, and then kick out some karaoke tunes by renting a private room at Gagopa. Or make like a local and grab a burger and a shake at the legendary Danny Meyer joint Shake Shack, three blocks south of the hotel in Madison Square Park. Just off the park is Mario Batali’s 42,500-square-foot temple to Italian fare, Eataly, perfect for grazing and picnic provisions. Free to the public, FIT’s Museum of Fashion is a great secret in the area, with design and textile history exhibits. For a late-night tipple in the ‘hood, trust us and head to Play at the Museum of Sex. The surprisingly upscale drinking den has killer (if innuendo laden) cocktails and a well-priced small-plate menu. For more NoMad inspiration, read about designer Todd Snyder’s Perfect Day in the neighborhood.
How to Get There
Terrible check out experience. They start knocking on your door 10 mins before your check out time and will continue doing that every 2 mins till you leave. Definitely not a 5-star (or 4-star) experience. Will never stay here again!
I love this part of NYC. My go to hotel in the area is the Eventi. Since they were booked solid and I had walked past the Nomad a million times I thought I would give this place a go.
I would like to give a special shout out to the gentleman at the front desk who helped me reverse a last minute cancellation of the final night of my stay. I know he had to go through a few channels due to that evening being sold out, but he made it happen and his communication was outstanding. In contrast, one of the women at the front desk was very curt and dismissive of some questions I had. Was quite taken aback by that.
The guys at the front door, when they were there, were either super friendly and helpful or pretty much disinterested. It was striking how different they were, ranging from totally engaged to could not be bothered. A number of times I came back from work with my heavy equipment bags and there was no one at the front door to help. A couple of times when this happened the doors to the elevator were closed too, which meant having to navigate two sets of doors with all of my equipment.
Speaking of the porters. I asked one to help me get a car. He quoted me $75 to JFK. He then apologized and said that was the price for multiple passengers, and that it would be $100 everything included. I asked if that included tip, and he said yes. When I got dropped off at JFK the bill was $108 (including toll) and did not include tip. I ended up spending $125 all told.
I loved the old time charm of the room. And the bed was super comfy. The room was kind of awkward though because of how small the main area was and then the separate sitting room as well as the bathroom essentially being broken into two different areas. Felt very choppy.
I enjoyed breakfast my final day in the restaurant. However, it felt very stuffy for a breakfast situation, and I felt that the menu needed expanding. And speaking of the restaurant. Starting around 5pm the hotel basically becomes an ante chamber for the hotel. Throngs of people come in for the restaurant, making basic movement for the hotel a bit of a hassle.
Finally, the elevators were so dark I often could barely see the floor numbers. I would think that is an easy fix of others have experienced the same issue.
So all in all I would say it was a good, though not exceptional and at times frustrating stay. I am happy that I finally tried it out though.
My husband and I just travelled from the UK child free for a few days to celebrate my 40th and our wedding anniversary.
We were so well looked after and our room was amazing. We had a view of the empire state building from our bed and bathtub!
Champagne in our room on arrival to acknowledge our celebrations and general too quality service from all employees we encountered.
The food we ordered in the Library was lovely.
Can't wait to come back and will highly recommend to friends.