ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN: Upon my arrival at The Ritz- Carlton New York, NoMad, two doormen greeted me and opened the tall front doors to reveal an entryway filled with flowers. This is a nod to the nearby flower district, a theme repeated throughout the property. Although I arrived at 9 a.m., well before normal check-in time, the courteous staff took my info, stored my luggage and allowed me to freshen up in a restroom. As I left for the day, I was gifted a cold bottle of water for my walk to the Javits Center.
GUEST QUARTERS: Entering my Manhattan Room on the 32nd floor, I was immediately struck by the fantastic view of New York’s skyline, including the Statue of Liberty. I later learned all rooms have a southern view. A large, wraparound sofa and dining area took up the nearest corner, with a king-sized feather bed with down pillows sitting opposite the large windows. On the far wall, a 65-inch LCD flat-screen HDTV was conveniently viewable from the bed or sofa. A floating chandelier again drew inspiration from the flower district. Large and providing great light throughout the room, it appeared beautifully delicate and subtle. The full terrazzo marble bathroom featured a standup shower and a soaking tub, which came in handy after I walked several miles a day. The spacious shower included a soothing overhead flow as well as a wand for excellent, more direct massaging pressure. The double vanity would be convenient for couples.
SERVICES/AMENITIES: On one side of the lobby, Chef José Andrés’s Zaytinya Eastern Mediterranean serves small plates and regional wines. Bantijian bil laban (crispy eggplant, garlic yogurt, turmeric apricots, roasted almonds and mint) provided a light accompaniment to my main course of octopus Santoríni. On the other side, The Lobby Lounge and Bar offers a large, casual area which comes alive at night but still offers quieter space along the outer perimeter. An outside area adjacent to the hotel offers another option for relaxation or people-watching.
- I made full use of the 6,800-square-foot spa steam rooms and saunas. The 24-hour fitness center proved a major plus considering my sporadic sleep patterns.
- The duality of The Lobby Lounge gave the option of relaxation or a livelier time.
- Along with the recurring floral themes, the soft aroma wafting through the hotel smelled incredibly fresh.
THE RITZ-CARLTON NEW YORK, NOMAD
25 W. 28th St. New York, NY 10001
tel 212 404 8400
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