Hotel Spotlight

Traveling for Business With Pleasure (and Vice Versa) in NYC's Buzzy NoMad Neighborhood

by Jeralyn Gerba
All photos courtesy of James New York — NoMad.

The James New York-NoMad

New York City, NY
Modern, $$ (starts at $150)

NYC's downtown sensibility and aesthetic has been quietly creeping uptown — to NoMad, the area just north of the Flatiron Building and Madison Square Park, where there are new pedestrian paths, restaurants, concept shops, co-working spaces, and trendy fitness studios. This makes for a prime business-leisure travel destination, and (which opened this summer), offers an easy-on-the-eyes lodging option for savvy visitors who want to dive right in.

At a Glance

Vibe: Effortless style (clean, modern, crips) and function (high-tech amenities, great real estate).

Standout Detail: There's a sweet $150-per-night deal happening for the hotel opening preview.

This Place Is Perfect For: Business travelers who want easy access to the leisurely side of Manhattan; foodies who want to be within nearly arm's reach of all the latest food emporiums and trending restaurants.

Rooms: There are 344 (and 28 suites), but it doesn't feel that big. Note: 2 p.m. check-in and late check out (so civilized!), strong WiFi, In-room tablets, and a custom mobile app.

On Site: Inside the building, a 12-story Beaux Arts beauty, there's 4,500 square feet of event space, ballroom for 250, and four private meeting rooms. There's a wellness program, Peloton bikes in the gym, and pet amenities (leashes, collars, beds) from Shinola.

Food + Drink: Beloved Italian Meatpacking District restaurant Scarpetta is relocating to the hotel. Locally procured snacks and beverages are available in each guest room.

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Gelato gigante in front of the Flatiron Building. Photo courtesy of Eataly.

What to Do Nearby

The revitalized neighborhood north of Manhattan's iconic Flatiron Building is riding a wave of new hotels, restaurants, and pedestrian paths. The mothership and Italian pantry dreamscape anchor the area, along with major furniture and design shops like , and a vanishing wholesaler district for dollar store curiosities (balloons, batteries, cheap watches, plastic toys). Hip Korean eatery serves tasty cuisine in three set courses and LA cult import does a terrific Japanese box set — both are great options for lunch. The area has also become a hub for coworking spaces like , , and . It's an easy walk in all directions — Chelesa, Penn Station, Union Square — so get those steps in.

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