Can’t decide between a trip to Paris or a stylish sojourn in New York? Well, thanks to the Nomad Hotel, which offers Paris-inspired perfection above the Big Apple’s Flatiron District in Midtown, you can now enjoy a taste of Gallic glamour in go-faster Gotham. 

The phrase ‘so Frenchy, so chic’ will spring to mind as you enter the seductive, gilded lobby of this immaculately restored beaux arts boutique hotel, opened in April and touting a top-tier restaurant, the first US outlet of a fab French store, a lavish library and light, airy rooms looking up at the Empire State Building.

Luckily, despite being set in the former National Cash Register Company, a stay here won’t break the bank – doubles can be yours from around US$295. Bringing Broadway back to its golden era, designer Jacques Garcia has opted for old-world elegance teamed with modern luxury, showcasing sleek maple floors, cosy leather armchairs, sexy screens, smart desks and enticing art. 

Picking up on the globetrotting name (‘Nomad’ derives from ‘North of Madison Park’), he’s also added journey-themed touches to rooms, from travel trunks to vintage postcards (bring your best trad valise to fit right in).

Bathrooms radiate romance, too, with come-hither claw-foot baths beckoning you to bathe. Bath products are by French brand Côté Bastide, bien sûr.

With 168 rooms, including 14 suites, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to digs, and you don’t even need to leave the hotel to shop. The Nomad is home to the only Stateside branch of Paris’s ultra-hip Maison Kitsuné, handy for stocking up on sneakers, cigarette pants for your gal pals and even fresh flowers (you little charmer).

Wining and dining is similarly super-flexible. Kick off at the dark, 24-foot-long mahogany bar, just one of the suave, low-lit drinking dens at this establishment. Leo Robitschek, who lured global tipplers to his bar at Eleven Madison Park, is in charge of cocktails, which run the gamut from classic to new. 

Peckish? Make for the Nomad’s eponymous restaurant, where chef Daniel Humm (also of Manhattan’s three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park) whips up seasonal dishes such as seared scallops with sorrel and lemon or truffle-roasted chicken with foie gras (that French connection, again). Top pews include a table in the dramatic Atrium under the pyramidal ceiling or a hearth-facing spot in the wood-panelled Parlour where you can see bread being made.

Wind up the night in the swank Library Lounge, a split-level space with rare reads curated by Juniper Books. Curl up in an armchair with your chosen tome and order a Manhattan... 

To book a stay at any of Mr & Mrs Smith’s 850+ boutique hotels and holiday houses worldwide visit or call the expert Travel Team on 1300 896627, 24-hours a day, five days a week. If you book the Nomad Hotel through Smith, you’ll receive a bottle of house wine on arrival.

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