It was three words that got us interested in the just-opened NoMad Hotel. Free-standing tub. Sign us up, we said. Just north of Madison Square Park (hence the name NoMad), owner Andrew Zobler (Ace Hotel) enlisted Frenchman Jacques Garcia to give the rooms a lived-in, comfortable-home feel. A well-appointed home that is. Garcia went rich and dark, resulting in a feeling not unlike Paris’ once-hip Hotel Costes (which he also designed) with upholstered leather walls in the lobby, dark oak and heavy velvet in the elegant dining room (one of five in the hotel) and steamer trunk-style mini bars. Sidenote: it’s is not as extreme as Hotel Costes, which is so dark we have to feel our way along the walls to the bathroom. You also won’t find any bad mix CDs for sale.
The roof bar, restaurant and deck (including an adorable private dining room) overlooks an impressive top floor across the street which houses Isabel and Ruben Toledo’s mind-blowing studio, as well as a perfect view of the Empire State Building and Midtown skyline. While not every room has a free-standing claw-foot tub, most do, plus embossed leather headboards, salted caramel chocolate in the mini-bar (sold!) and French mahogany desks. Even if you’re not staying over, the restaurant is reason enough to go: Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara of Eleven Madison Park are in charge.
Rooms start at $395, 1170 Broadway, NY 10001 tel 212- 796-1500 Thenomadhotel.com