Old World Meets Modern-Day: The NoMad Hotel

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.



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.



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.



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


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


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.


The original fireplace was imported from a French château.


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


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


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


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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Marni Elyse Katz is a Contributing Editor at Design Milk. She lives in Boston where she contributes regularly to local publications and writes her own interior design blog, StyleCarrot.