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Why This NoMad Hotel Is a Creative Haven: Inside MADE Hotel
Dylan Essertier
byDylan Essertier

A brilliant blend of modern design and cozy cool, MADE Hotel has nailed the sweet spot where swank meets homey. Set within the NoMad district (North of Madison Square Park), this recently-opened property is the latest addition to one of Manhattan’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods. Read on to learn why creatives are flocking to this chic retreat.

Coolest Bar in Town? Maybe.

You couldn’t ask for more incredible views to befit New York’s creative set. Good Behavior, MADE’s 18th floor bar is bedecked in glass windows and offers a direct view out to the Empire State Building. Combine this with a ceiling dripping in disco balls and lush greenery, tiki-inspired cocktails (try the Dirty Finery with morita-infused tequila, mezcal, red bell pepper juice, passion fruit and pomegranate), and service that pampers without obtrusion – and it’s no wonder Good Behavior has quickly become one of New York’s most in-demand hangouts.

The Rooms Are the Ultimate Design Lover’s Escape

For his first hotel project developer Sam Gelin worked with LA-based Studio MAI whose previous work include Congress Hotel in Austin and Gjelina in Los Angeles. With 108 rooms, which range from standard accommodations to suites, the design scheme features hand-painted wall tiles and handwoven fabrics. The best part? The vibe is soothingly subdued (dare we even say minimal) with reclaimed woods and gorgeous views taking much-deserved precedence. You’ll also find drop-down desks, plenty of bronze fixtures, and industrial-chic concrete ceilings, while the bathrooms have a spa-worthy vibe thanks to their polished, hand-carved sinks and stainless steel mirrors.

Eat Your Heart Out at Ferris

In keeping with Gelin’s vision of a quirky-cool haven in the middle of Manhattan is Ferris, MADE’s critically-acclaimed restaurant. Helmed by Greg Proechel (formerly of Le Turtle), here you’ll find a new American menu with dishes such as duck breast with charred eggplant jam and desserts including chocolate mousse with tea meringue. If you can peel your eyes away from the food, take a minute to enjoy the minimalist subterranean design of Ferris as well as the repository of beautiful people who are known to flock to this new New York hot spot.

Prime Real Estate in Manhattan’s New ‘It’ Neighborhood

Recently, NoMad has transformed from an undesirable stretch of shops to one of the coolest neighborhoods in Manhattan. It all started with the revitalization of Madison Square Park, which was then quickly followed by several trendy hospitality concepts that ushered in a sophisticated set of twenty and thirty-somethings who are over the chaos of the Lower East Side and Williamsburg and are in search of artisanal cocktails in a neighborhood that still retains a bit of grit. Oh, and it’s right smack in the center of the city which means a stay here truly makes Manhattan your playground.

Photography Courtesy of MADE Hotels

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