Whilst on a buying trip in the USA a few weeks ago, I visited my favourite city in the world – New York. Never one to miss an opportunity to discover a new hotel, I tried out a place called NoMad Hotel.
Nestled in the heart of the historic ‘NoMad’ neighbourhood (‘North of Madison Square Park’) the hotel is bordered by the Flatiron District and Gramercy Park, then Times Square to the North. You couldn’t be more central if you tried – NoMad is convenient to most areas including SoHo, Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking District.
The interiors were done by Jacques Garcia, the famous French interior designer responsible for Hotel Costes, Le Meridien and Royal Monceau – Paris. As such, the lobby is lush and dark in a luxurious “Euro” way and the rooms feature mahogany writing desks, European style large walk-in bathrooms with freestanding claw foot bath tubs.
The highlight for me at NoMad was ‘The Library‘ – a two level library off the Atrium restaurant (next to lobby) which is connected by an original staircase imported from the South of France. Like most NYC hotels, these spaces are used by outsiders as meeting areas, and as I sat there working I was in ear shot of some of New York’s coolest creative business deals taking place. I love that.
Upon leaving the hotel, I used the cities new ‘Citibike‘ hire system (similar to Paris’ ‘Velib‘ bike hire program) and casually peddled from NoMad to East Village in 10 minutes for a meeting. The citibike program is fantastic, it just needs a few more stations on the lower East side. A few more bike lanes would also help as weaving down Broadway be a little nerve wracking for a tourist like me.
I try to visit a new hotel every visit, but if I can’t find another one that takes my fancy I’ll be back at NoMad for sure.