If you’re not going at Christmas time, spring is the season to take on Manhattan. There’s no shortage of spectacular hotels, but there’s always room for another here, in this “city that never sleeps.” (Ironic, we realize.) May’s Destination Design visits The NoMad Hotel (short for north of Madison Avenue), which opened last year. Housed in a fully-restored, turn-of-the-century Beaux-Arts building, French designer Jacques Garcia designed the interiors. Garcia, who is known for re-creating an 18th-century tea house for macaron company Ladurée on the Champs Elysées, drew on 17th- and 18th-century Old World references, which he mixed with modern-day influences. You’ll see what we mean.

Old World Meets Modern Day: The NoMad Hotel in interior design  Category

Old World Meets Modern Day: The NoMad Hotel in interior design  Category

The rooms have reclaimed maple hardwood floors with handmade vintage Heriz rugs and French mahogany writing desks. Linens, bedding, and bathrobes are by Sferra and Frette, and bath amenities by Argan. Many rooms also have the ultimate bathing luxury—a freestanding, clawfoot bathtub.

Old World Meets Modern Day: The NoMad Hotel in interior design  Category

Old World Meets Modern Day: The NoMad Hotel in interior design  Category

Rooms are decorated with artwork from a curated art program. The picks are meant to invite guests on an intimate journey through vintage correspondence, vintage travel collectibles, and sketches and photography by contemporary artists.

Old World Meets Modern Day: The NoMad Hotel in interior design  Category

Old World Meets Modern Day: The NoMad Hotel in interior design  Category

Opulent textiles pad the entry. Staff uniforms were designed by Bespoken, a New York-based menswear design collective with roots in English tailoring.

Old World Meets Modern Day: The NoMad Hotel in interior design  Category

The hotel contains a curated, two-level library connected by an original spiral staircase imported from the South of France, with a mezzanine catwalk.

Old World Meets Modern Day: The NoMad Hotel in interior design  Category

Chef Daniel Humm and Restaurateur Will Guidara of the a3 Michelin star-rated Eleven Madison Park are behind the restaurant. The stately dining room features dark oak furnishings and richly textured fabrics.

Old World Meets Modern Day: The NoMad Hotel in interior design  Category

The original fireplace was imported from a French château.

Old World Meets Modern Day: The NoMad Hotel in interior design  Category

The dramatic 24-foot-long mahogany bar. Brewmaster Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery has crafted a beer available exclusively at The NoMad.

Old World Meets Modern Day: The NoMad Hotel in interior design  Category

The Natural light filters through the glass roof, providing a wonderfully sunlit atrium dining space.

Old World Meets Modern Day: The NoMad Hotel in interior design  Category

Stonehill & Taylor were instrumental in spearheading the historical renovation and conversion of the 1903 Johnston building into The NoMad Hotel.

Old World Meets Modern Day: The NoMad Hotel in interior design  Category

What: The NoMad Hotel
Where: 1170 Broadway & 28th Street, New York City
How much? From about $335 per night.
Highlights: Location, location, location. VERY friendly staff (we’ve stayed here!)
Design draw: European-style bathrooms with free-standing tubs and curated artwork.
Book it: [email protected]

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