What the bedrooms of this micro-hotel lack in size, the communal spaces make up for in style. Centrally located in a newly fashionable neighbourhood, the Arlo NoMad is ideal for travellers keen to get up, out, and take on Manhattan.
The former Garment District, now rebranded as NoMad, is home to a bevy of new, high-end hotels, all capitalising on the area’s proximity to both Midtown and Downtown destinations. An abundance of excellent restaurants are a short stroll away, including Marta, The Breslin, Upland and Gramercy Tavern. The Empire State Building is just two blocks north; Penn Station, Madison Square Garden and Korea Town are three blocks west; while the Flatiron District, with shops including the cavernous grocery and restaurant emporium Eataly, is seven blocks south, down 5th Avenue.
Address: 11 E 31st Street, New York, NY 10016, United States.
Style & character
The hotel’s multiple public spaces are designed to foster interaction and inclusiveness, from the long, dark wood communal desks in the Studios – the airy, library-style coworking space – to the postcard pinboard opposite the lifts, where guests leave one another tips on shopping, eating and sightseeing. Slick, modern and minimalist throughout, the furniture is Scandinavian and 1970s-flavoured, but it’s playful rather than po-faced in its stylishness. Venture through Barlo, the second-floor lobby-style bar, and you’ll reach its outdoor terrace, which has the feel of a hunting lodge, with flagstone floors, rough-hewn bench-tables, fur throws and a giant dresser full of knickknacks.
Service & facilities
The old-fashioned (and often overpriced) concept of room service is replaced with a 24-hour ‘bodega’ in the lobby, serving coffee, juices and gourmet deli sandwiches to take away. And while there’s no on-site gym, guests get complimentary passes to New York Sports Club, five blocks north, and to selected classes at Tonehouse, the gung-ho group fitness studio next door. The spacious 31st-floor rooftop bar, The Heights, is probably the best Empire State selfie spot in all of Manhattan. Same-day express and standard overnight laundry service is offered.
Not a square inch of space has been wasted in the 250 rooms, spread over 29 floors. All rooms are the same micro-size (150 to 155 square feet), just configured differently: entry-level Queen rooms are categorised according to view (Sky, City or Urban), while top-bracket Queen Terrace rooms have a private balcony which is the same size as the entire bedroom. Go for a mid-range corner Sky King room, whose king-sized beds are tightly bordered on three sides by a headboard and floor-to-ceiling windows – keep the blinds open and wake to the sight of the city rooftops spread out before you, just past your toes.
While the emphasis is firmly on function, with multiple well-placed charging points, a small hanging space, storage underneath the bed for luggage, and a cleverly designed bathroom (with shower, no tub) the bed, linens and towels are also comfortable and high quality. These are not rooms designed for lingering in, however, or honeymooning, or for inviting friends to stay who are, say, over 6 foot 3.
Food & drink
Book early to secure a table at the hotel’s ‘inauthentic Italian’ restaurant, Massoni, the latest outpost from celebrity chef Dale Talde. Serving Italian dishes with a spin, such as biryani rice balls, Caesar salad with nori and miso and golden snapper crudo with Japanese grapefruit, there are also more traditional options, including Detroit-style deep-dish pizza pie. The staff are passionate about the food and eager to engage with diners, who are a mix of hotel guests and locals. Breakfast (not included) is also served in Massoni. The menu is à la carte, with dishes including polenta pancakes with prosciutto, and a breakfast pizza with bacon, egg and cheese.
Access for guests with disabilities?
There are 13 wheelchair-accessible rooms and 22 hearing-impaired rooms.
Twelve bedrooms have bunk beds instead of King or Queen beds.
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