Arlo NoMad NYC
So my first top on my USA trip was NYC. This place was my home, my city. Naturally after being away from my 'home' for that amount of time, when I returned I wanted to go back to my block. I remembered before I left the city that there was a hotel being built, literally on my block. So with some detective work (Google Maps....) I managed to find the hotel. It was called The Arlo Nomad. After finding this gem of a hotel, I won't be staying anywhere else now! The location is smashing, right on 31st Street between 5th and Madison Ave, right in the centre of the city. You are a short walk to Flatiron, Bryant Park and if you don't mind walking it's actually easy to get to Central Park from there (30 blocks easy....).
Let me tell you a little about this place, the rooms are micro - trendy - and affordable! The hotel opened at the end of 2016, so everything is fresh, and for a newly opened hotel I didn't experience many teething problems.
The hotel lobby is incredibly New York, there's a bodega in the entrance, which is 24hours, (ideal for a late night slice of pizza!) and also great if you need an early morning coffee. The entire hotel is pretty micro, the lobby is small, but cozy enough to be welcoming. One of my favourite perks of the lobby (besides the bodega!) is the photobooth, there's a GIF booth on the way to the elevator. Moving on up from the lobby is BARlo on the 2nd Floor, this was a great spot to wind down after a busy day shopping, and have a great cocktail. I never thought of it as a work space, but I am sure it would be a great space for meetings and to work.
I was lucky enough to have a Queen Sky room, and luckily I had a view almost exactly the same as from my old apartment. I got to look right out onto the iconic Empire State building. Now, the rooms aren't made for people who have a lot of luggage, they definitely are micro rooms, made for the ultimate city explorer. I found the room comfortable, and I do not travel light, I still managed to open my case and put it down the side by the bed without tripping over it! One of the best things about the rooms were how clean they were, and efficient. New York isn't known for its space in apartments, but the layout of these rooms was just right for a long weekend stay.
One of the final perks of the hotel, was the 31st Floor bar called The Heights. The bar had just opened the weekend I was visiting - so they didn't have a full menu just yet. I stopped by there to watch the sunset one of the evenings, and also to meet friends for pre dinner cocktails. One cool thing about the bar is they have a glass balcony which looks down 31 floors onto the road below!