My review of Melia’s new INNSIDE New York NoMad hotel

This is my review of Melia’s new INNSIDE New York NoMad hotel.

New York, I love you!   As my friend was getting married in the States this summer, I decided to combine the wedding with a New York trip and, as you do, review two hotels and two airlines on the way.

First stop was in Midtown at Melia’s new INNSIDE New York NoMad.

If you have an American Express Platinum card, you will have Melia Rewards Gold status and some 20% discount vouchers which makes this a good option for your next New York trip.

For clarity, the hotel provided me with three complimentary nights including breakfast buffet.  We paid all of our other costs.


After the brand’s success in Europe this property is the first INNSIDE in the US and only opened in spring this year.  Rob reviewed the first UK INNSIDE when it opened in Manchester last year.

Located in Midtown on 27th West, the location is great for exploring Manhattan.  Three subway stations are between 3 – 6 minutes away and Times Square is in walking distance (it took me about 20 minutes – you may not want to be much closer!).

The hotel has 313 rooms including 8 suites and 3 terrace suites with views of the Empire State Building.

I flew into Newark late in the evening on La Compagnie (my review of that flight is here) and took a taxi from the aiport which was $85.

innside new york nomad facade entrance

The design of the hotel is contemporary and fresh. I loved the yellow sofas in the bar area.

innside melia new york breakfast room and bar

Check in

Check in was quick and the girls who were working at reception were very helpful and really knew the area.  This was great as I made good use of their tips.

The room

My room was a 230 sq feet Queen Guestroom.

innside melia new york room bed

The room follows many of the trends we have seen in recent HFP reviews.  The wardrobe had no doors and only a few hangers and two small drawers, which meant I didn’t get to fully unpack my suitcase.  As I was only staying 3 nights this wasn’t a big issue. The lowest shelf bottom right in the picture below would fit a standard sized suitcase, which is useful in such a small room – mine however was a little bit too big.

The desk was quite small, but so is my laptop.   At least there was a desk which is getting rarer in new hotels!  There was a socket (hidden behind the TV manual) and the desk chair was comfortable.

innside melia new york room desk wardrobe

The room layout is pretty simple and practical. This is a picture taken from the door with the bathroom to the right and the bedroom at the back.

innside melia new york room hallway

The rooms at the INNSIDE New York NoMad don’t have a mini bar, but there was a small fridge with complimentary water, fizzy drinks and juice. There was a Nespresso machine with 4 capsules (2 decaf, 2 regular) but no kettle in the room.

As there was no socket anywhere near the Nespresso machine, I ended up using the one inside the safe, which was unusual but did the job.

innside melia new york room minibar coffee

The bathroom wasn’t the biggest, but the shower was great with a rainfall and a hand held shower head and good water pressure.

innside melia new york room bathroom shower

The sink was a good size, however water kept getting onto the area around the tap and the amenities kit was soaking wet after having washed my hands once.

innside melia new york room bathroom sink

Usually those shampoo and shower geld bottles attached to the shower wall are not my thing.  These were brilliant, however, as the Sampar products protect your skin and hair against the city’s pollution – shame they were attached and I couldn’t bring them home …..

innside melia new york room bathroom toiletries

The view from my window was the backside of the houses in the parallel street with their fire escapes and roof terraces. As there wasn’t a road outside my window, the room was super quiet.

innside melia new york room view

Dining and drinking

Breakfast was being served in the ground floor restaurant/bar opposite the reception area. It didn’t look like a lot, but there was bread, all kind of pastries (fresh from a local bakery), cooked vegetables, scrambled egg, cheese and cold cuts. Included in the breakfast buffet was also coffee en masse and the option to order pancakes.

innside melia new york breakfast room food

You can either eat your breakfast outside on the terrace (yes, the hotel has its own outdoor terrace, a rarity in New York) or inside.

innside melia new york breakfast room terrace

On the lower ground is the Italian restaurant Impero Caffè. I didn’t get to eat there and can’t say anything about the food.

innside melia new york restaurant


The gym was a good size with all the key machines and an outdoor area where you can do yoga or pilates on provided mats. Thanks to the large windows the room was very bright.

innside melia new york gym

The INNSIDE New York also has two meeting rooms. There is one standard room with table and chairs and one room for creatives that reminded me a bit of WeWork work spaces.

innside melia new york meeting room creative


I didn’t plan to spend much time in my hotel room as I had too much on my to-see list and for that purpose the size of the room was ok. The bed was very comfortable and the shower great. With two people and two suitcases the room might have got a bit cramped, but as I was travelling on my own it was perfectly fine.

The lack of a kettle might be a problem for some (!) and the size of the desk could be an issue with larger laptops. However the downstairs bar is serving tea and has got larger tables where people were working during the day.

I didn’t get to see any of the other rooms or suites, but if you look at the website you can find a variety of options.  The rooms higher up seem to have a great view over Manhattan.

I liked the INNSIDE New York NoMad and I think you would too if you are looking for a new, contemporary hotel in a good location at a fair price.  I would definitely stay there again.

The INNSIDE New York NoMad website is here.

Bits: Virgin East Coast 50% off sale, HFP in the Daily Mail, a good Club Europe meal
My review of La Compagnie's all-business-flight from London to New York (Part 1)
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  1. Thanks for the review of the property. Just a couple of small but annoying things (to someone fussy like me!!) This hotel, if located on West 27th St (please note this is the correct way of writing the address, rather than the way it is written in the review) would be better considered as located in Chelsea. Did the hotel have any spa facilities and how was the WiFi speed? Was it sufficient for audio/ video calling? These two factors would be important to me if I wanted to book the hotel for a work trip. Thanks.

    • There were no spa facilities. I should have mentioned the WiFi. It was decent which means that FaceTime worked perfectly fine. I used it in my room and in the outdoor breakfast area. When watching Netflix it took a few minutes for the movie to load, but then it was fine.

  2. The taxi from EWR to Manhattan is a metered fare, not a flat fare, but it usually comes to around $50 (+tolls).

  3. I have the Amex Plat and Melia Platinum now, but where are these discount vouchers :-) ?

    • ElectroGoblin says:

      Should be on melia website, under “promotions” tab.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        I was just upgraded to Gold because of my Platinum a couple days ago but no 20% off vouchers, assume they aren’t giving these for Plat upgrades anymore or did they take a while to show up?

        • ElectroGoblin says:

          Can’t tell you for sure, but I think it is unlikely; I became gold by reaching a 5000€ expending in Melia’s AMEX, and the discounts are (were) indeed there. I’ll drop an email to them; they are pretty fast answering.

  4. That looks to be slightly downmarket from a DoubleTree, and if I have it right the desk chair is the same – a nice designer one that costs $500+ each.

  5. Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    What’s a typical room rate?

  6. Hi.
    I have Amex platinum and Melia Gold account (current balance of 2000 points). Where do I find the discount vouchers mentioned?

    • Ah- I’ve just found the discount codes in the ‘My Promotions’ section of my Melia account. Thanks for the tip!

  7. The_Real_A says:

    What price point is the hotel?

    • We tend not to put prices in because, especially for big cities like New York, they move around hugely from day to day and month to month. Sub £150 seems to be available at times but I saw a midweek day in September when it is over £400. Next Saturday is £150.

  8. Enjoying the reviews, especially of these more “practical” than “aspirational” places, but:
    “These were brilliant, however, as the Sampar products protect your skin and hair against the city’s pollution”.

    • Honestly, my hair looked great! :) Living in London I know what pollution can do to your skin and hair…

  9. Why oh why do hotels with small rooms put circular tables/desks rather than square ones.
    It is so much less efficient in terms of useable flat surface / floor space taken up.

    • Maybe they do that so you don’t get bruises when you run into them (not that that’s what I tend to do…)

    • I agree. What possible benefit would a round desk ever have? Its incredibly impractical to use, doesnt use the space at all well and looks terrible in a rectangular area!

    • the_real_a says:

      Because creative types that do the design have never done a days business in their lives!

  10. ElectroGoblin says:

    Regarding the lack of kettle, you can get hot water from a Nespresso machine just running it without capsule 😉

    • Yes but is that suitable for tea?

      Coffee needs 90C, which I assume would be the Nespresso priotity.

      Personally, I have a temperature controlled kettle !

  11. Peter Kemp says:

    I’ve only stayed in a couple of American Hotels but none seems to have a kettle. Trying to make tea in a coffee machine does not work that well (I’ve tried it!).

    • I was going to mention this. I just spent 7 weeks travelling around the USA, staying in about 12 different hotels and Airbnbs, and not a single place (no matter how expensive or how otherwise well-equipped) had a kettle. I understand it’s to do with the voltage rating of power outlets over there; they just can’t handle kettles (or not easily – I’m sure that if you pay enough money there’s some sort of solution!). I had to resort to boiling water for tea in coffee filters or in microwaves.

      • Some hotels (like the HI Brooklyn) have Keurig machines where you can make tea or coffee from capsules but in general Americans are not really known for drinking tea…

        • Disgusting lipton tea is usually available at all breakfast buffets – or bring your own!

          • Raymond Hennessy says:

            I’ve never had any problems getting a nice cup of Earl Grey when staying at Hampton Inns.

      • Americans do not tend to use kettles. They are not a Hot Tea nation. They boil water on the stove or in the microwave. This is true if hotels and residential family properties. I’m not saying that kettles don’t exist, but they are rare. Using the coffee machine for boiled tea water is not pleasant as the water will have a coffee taste. You will rarely find milk for your tea in the hotel… only usually coffee creamer or powder, so my advice is not to expect english breakfadt tea with milk in your room! A decent hot tea is hard to come by in the USA! :)

  12. I always prefer a new hotel in NY – bed bugs are so widespread there, it increases your chances they haven’t made their way in yet…

  13. O:T, sorry, I’ll be flying DUB-JFK 23rd September at around 9am I think. Does anyone know if I’ll get food on the flight? Unfortunately I’m flying economy.

  14. American Airlines that is.

    • A very quick Google came up with this on the AA website. It’s well worth doing a quick check Before posting here as it can be quicker :-). :

      Complimentary meals
      We serve complimentary meals in the Main Cabin on flights to and from Europe, Asia and select flights to Latin America that depart within traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner meal windows.

      So it seems the answer is yes you will get food.

      • same point with hotel prices, too obvious to make lol but some people can’t be bothered or maybe just want the interaction?

        • I don’t think Rob minds as the more lazy/silly questions/interactions the more hits/exposure for the site :-)

          • Quality not quantity is the plan! But I’m not deleting stuff which is relevant.

            If I was bothered about page views I would seen the emails as teaser paragraphs instead of full articles – most of the readers never visit the site at all. I could add 30% to page views overnight!

            Shopper Points is even more extreme in the gap between email readers and on-site readers …..