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The Innside New York NoMad is the Spanish Meliá hotel chain’s first foray into North America for its upscale sleek & modern designer brand of boutique hotels and I came away quite impressed as the stylish hotels and its amenities have form as well as function so are very user-friendly making for a comfortable stay.

Rather than risking a long taxi ride into Manhattan on a Friday afternoon rush hour made longer and costlier because of a multi-year, multi-billion dollar LaGuardia Airport (LGA) redevelopment project I opted to catch the local Q70 bus to the nearest Subway station and ride the R line all the way to 28 Street & Broadway which is conveniently only two blocks to the hotel. Having spent much time riding New York’s extensive Subway system and travelling light I’m comfortable with this transportation option in from LaGuardia but wouldn’t recommend it to first-time visitors and/or those lugging large luggage.

Located in Manhattan’s NoMad district – the acronym means North of Madison Square Park – which sits on the edge of Chelsea the Innside New York NoMad is within walking distance to many notable local sights including the Flatiron and Empire State Buildings, Macy’s and Pennsylvania Station. A thoroughly modern exterior greets visitors and quickly sets it apart from the neighboring buildings which are more typical of the neighborhood.

Opened in March 2016 this three hundred room hotel has a bright lobby with warm colour accents that help make it seem more welcoming than some stark white modern boutique hotels. The welcome from the friendly hotel staff was also warm and beyond letting me know about the room and hotel answered a few questions about the neighborhood and recommended restaurants while checking-in and this level of local knowledge was confirmed several times during my three night stay.

Opposite the front desk is the lobby bar.

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The patio is off the lobby bar and features sliding doors that can open the space up in warmer weather. Given that I arrived at the start of a heat wave I expected the patio to be open in the early evening of a Friday night but perhaps a lack of patrons prevents that from happening.

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The patio is a good place to catch up after a day of business or sightseeing as the traffic along W. 27 Street isn’t great and is in the shade thanks to the surrounding buildings.

My Innside Deluxe King Room #312 at 260-square feet the room is bigger than most in Manhattan and overlooks the front entry but doesn’t suffer from an excessive amount of street noise. This room has  faux wood flooring, 42-inch flat screen TV, free mini-bar with juices and cans of soda, laptop safe, Nespresso coffeemaker, free Wi-Fi and dual European and North American electrical outlets which is a very user-friendly feature for the larger number of Spanish visitors likely to at this hotel that’s part of a large Spanish chain of hotels.


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The room has space-saving sliding doors on both the bathroom door and the shower stall which is equipped with a rainfall shower head and shower wand. I prefer a really good shower stall over a combination tub/shower so very much appreciated the quality showers I enjoyed several times per day thanks to the record-breaking heat wave. The stall has French designer SAMPAR shampoo, conditioner and body lotion in pumps mounted to the wall.

The bathroom offers good vanity space for toiletries beside a large white sink with a sloped surface draining at the back under the faucet making it different than any other hotel sink I’ve encountered.

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The clean modern décor of the bathroom was helped by hiding away towels, hairdryer and miscellaneous items in a large vanity drawer.

The room features floor-to-ceiling windows allowing in lots of natural light and neighborhood views that are  quintessentially New York such as the water tanks on the roof of the building opposite.

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Guests wanting a better view can opt to spend a little more money for what is essentially the same size room with the same amenities except higher on the 17th – 20th floors as the Innside Deluxe King City View Room offer either Empire State Building or One World Trade Center views.

My room rate included daily buffet breakfast which is served in American celeb-chef Scott Conant’s  Impero Caffè reached either by elevator or by a striking set of stairs which are just off the main lobby. On your way down that staircase it’s impossible to miss the huge playful wall mural of dancers caught in mid-motion.

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While interesting as a mural itself upon closer inspection the art work is not just paint on the wall but  a living wall with a plants providing the three dimensional colour that really make it memorable.

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Having a full hot buffet breakfast included in the room rate is a $25 value per person per night so comes as a big bonus. There are a number of cereals along with pastries, bread and bagels, yogurt, cheese and cold cuts plus bacon and sausage and scrambled eggs.

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One low-tech quirk comes at being asked to sign a bill with your room number after each breakfast as this bill is matched to those rooms whose nightly rates include breakfast as not all do. I’d expected a more advanced feature to allow staff to pull up whose rooms included breakfast but guess that isn’t the case or at least not yet.

Note that the hotel does have a USD$19+tax per room per night “Facility Fee” that includes access to the Wellness Suite fitness facility, high speed in-room Wi-Fi, Press Reader access to newspapers and magazines on your device, mini-bar and Nespresso, and luggage storage.

Off to one side of the lobby are wall-mounted tablets for guest use and while I found these handy to quickly check weather forecasts or Subway routes they aren’t designed for prolonged use having to stand as no chairs are provided.

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The Innside New York NoMad is an excellent additional to Manhattan accommodation choices for it’s location, quality and relative value of USD$350 nightly room-only rate which is noticeably less than comparable four-and-a-half star luxury accommodation nearby. For someone who prefers to stay out of the constant pedestrian and traffic flow of Times Square this hotel checks all of my boxes and would at the top of my list of hotels to consider on a future return trip so would highly recommend it others.

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