Reach for your canes and iron your morning coats, thanks to The NoMad Hotel – Manhattan just got a whole load of European neoclassical glamour. Forget what we said yesterday about less is more – it’s all a load of rubbish, we’ve always said that. Is chintz the new sleek? Beaux-Arts is the new steel and glass anyway, and grandeur is the new contemporary-cool. French designer Jacques Garcia recalls the Paris of his youth in this new NoMad (North of Madison Square – they won’t let that naming convention thing go in New York, will they?) hotel, located in a resplendently grand, turn-of-the-century building.
The public spaces are lavish, the rooms are ridiculously beautiful – reclaimed maple flooring, vintage Heriz rugs, claw-foot bathtubs, and benefiting from a curated art program – whilst the exterior is iconic. You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in a haze of opium-induced madness when you see the yellow cabs passing by outside. Add in top-notch amenities, cuisine under the direction of 3 Michelin star Eleven Madison Park’s Daniel Humm, and the United States’ first dedicated retail outlet for the impeccably-cool Parisians Maison Kitsuné – and you’ve got yourself a real showstopper.