Life Hotel Nomad

8.0
Excellent

Based on 1,901 reviews
 
19 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001, United States
  +1 212 615 9900
Life Hotel Nomad - New York, NY, United States
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Distance to city centre 0.9 mi
Location rating 9.5
Nearest airport New York John F Kennedy Intl
Distance to airport 13.2 mi

Rooms

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Classic rooms

£82+

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King bed
£100 per night
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King bed
£100 per night
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Unknown
£101 per night
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Unknown
£104 per night
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Queen bed
£105 per night
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Unknown
£109 per night
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King bed
£125 per night
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Queen bed
£131 per night
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Queen bed
£143 per night
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King bed
£188 per night
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King bed
£189 per night
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Unknown
£82 per night
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Unknown
£84 per night
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Queen bed
£85 per night
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Queen bed
£86 per night
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Queen bed
£87 per night
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Unknown
£89 per night
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£89 per night
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£89 per night
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Unknown
£91 per night
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Queen bed
£92 per night
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Unknown
£92 per night
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Queen bed
£93 per night
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King bed
£95 per night
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King bed
£95 per night

Premium rooms

£97+

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King bed
£103 per night
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Sofa bed
£113 per night
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Sofa bed
£113 per night
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£122 per night
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Unknown
£125 per night
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King bed
£129 per night
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£130 per night
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Unknown
£132 per night
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Unknown
£137 per night
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King bed
£147 per night
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Queen bed
£153 per night
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Queen bed
£169 per night
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King bed
£183 per night
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King bed
£208 per night
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Sofa bed
£229 per night
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Unknown
£97 per night
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Unknown
£98 per night
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Unknown
£99 per night

King rooms

£113+

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Sofa bed
£113 per night
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Sofa bed
£159 per night

Standard rooms

£114+

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Unknown
£114 per night
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£114 per night
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£123 per night

Deluxe rooms

£90+

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£156 per night
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£166 per night
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£90 per night
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£91 per night

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  • Good
    Nov 2018
    8.0

    Nice hotel

    This is a nice hotel with great restaurants and shopping close by. The room was really nice: no drapes and no carpet - a plus!!! The room was very clean and roomy. The bed was the most comfortable ever! I recommend this hotel and I’ll stay here again.

    The ac/heat was very loud, perhaps it needs an update.

  • Good
    Sep 2018
    6.2

    3 Star Rating

    It’s pretty, loved the design work- especially the lights in the bathroom

    Online it said that the hotel offered a 24r airport shuttle and free late check out- these were both 2 big selling points for me. We were traveling from Italy and stopping in Paris one last night before flying back out to head home to the USA. We called before arriving in Paris to arrange for the shuttle and was told that wasn’t actually a service provided and were offered apologies.... so we took an Uber. We had litterally spent the entire day traveling and showed up late, exhausted, dirty and hungry. I just wanted a bath and dinner. After stripping down I discovered the bath did not work- the tub would not hold water. I got dressed, went downstairs and spoke with the front desk staff, who then came upstairs to check it out- he couldn’t figure it out and said he would leave a note for the morning crew who would know more. My husband went downstairs in the am to get coffee and set up the late check out- was informed it would be $30€ for one additional hour (online it says 2hr late check out included). I went downstairs to address the issue with our confirmation in hand and was then told “Okay, if that’s what you booked online then it’s okay”. I also brought up the shuttle and he said that they do actually offer a shuttle- only one way though to the airport and he could call / arrange it for me. Come to find out that the “shuttle” is actually just them calling a cab, which I can do myself - its actually more expensive than if I called an Uber. The tub situation never was resolved- apparently it was missing the drain cover- he said someone stole it and he would talk to house keeping- they never showed up with one. The front desk guy was super nice when we showed up, but after the whole late check out controversy- kinda developed an off putting attitude. Long story short- the rooms are nicely decorated and clean. We saw lots of businessmen, which it’s probably perfect for them. They don’t need shuttles, late check outs and baths. The location is pretty okay- walking distance to train station and a busy street with restaurants. The amenities and customer service get a “boo” in our book though. We stayed at a place on our way to Italy at the beginning of our trip, also in the 14th that was cheaper, just as cute and treated guests better.

  • Okay
    Sep 2018
    5.4

    My room had fake windows and noisy, non-cooling air conditioning.

    The bathroom was large and functional. The staff was pleasant. The WiFi (eventually) worked.

    The room was on the second floor and the "windows" had an opaque film over them. When I peeked around the edge of the film, it showed what appeared to be some infrastructural steel beams within a foot or so from the window and behind that a storage area for janitorial or maintenance equipment. Pretty oppressive. And the air conditioning unit made a great racket, but never seemed to blow out cool air, even when I kept lowering the temperature and making sure it was on Cool mode. Oh, and the desk was a very narrow thing that had just enough room to slide a chair out before it hit the bed. The latter isn't terribly uncommon for NYC hotel rooms, but this was billed, I thought, as a 4-star hotel. It wasn't.

  • Excellent
    Oct 2017
    8.2

    Great potential, overall a very good place to stay in midtown. Great potential when renovation is done.

    Bathrooms could be cleaner

  • Excellent
    Aug 2017
    9.1

    Definitely stay again

    They provided a complimentary happy hour and breakfast. The bed was comfortable. The shower was amazing. Would definitely stay here again.

    Construction in the lobby, which I couldn't hear but it was slightly unsightly and cramped as things were walled off and the reception desk was pushed back. But honestly that was it.

  • Excellent
    Aug 2017
    10.0

    Nice location

    People are nice I like the location

    I was charged twice

  • Excellent
    Aug 2016
    10.0

    Quiet and comfortable

    Centrally located in Herald Square, this hotel is perfect for a visit to New York City. We had a renovated queen room, and though it was small (all hotels are in the city), it was well decorated and incredibly clean, comfortable, and quiet. Romantic lighting, flat screen TV, good sized fullly-equipped bathroom with tub, comfortable bed with plush white comforter, black out shade on the window, air conditioning, and accommodating staff. I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived because I'd read some mixed reviews and the lobby is a bit outdated, but my room was beautiful and my stay was flawless. Highly recommended.

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  • Good
    Aug 2016
    8.0

    Staff was very helpful and friendly. The bed was very comfortable and the location was great walking distance to subway stations.

    The bathroom toilet didn't flush properly without holding down the handle, very dated and no towel tracks.

  • Okay
    Jan 2016
    4.8

    Awful Experience

    Perfect location. Close to all the attractions and the stations.

    Staff at the front desk were rude. All you get is an one word answer from the receptionist. Complimentary WiFi was not working at all. They did not have an answer when asked about it. Rooms were very small. Will never choose this hotel again

  • Excellent
    Mar 2015
    8.2

    Excellent Value

    If you are looking for a great location, this is the place. There was nothing exceptional about the rooms but the bathroom was clean and well-appointed, the bed was very comfortable, and the staff was kind.

  • Good
    Feb 2015
    6.2

    Affordable

    I like that when I booked the hotel online, I wasn't scammed. We got to the hotel have them my name and was not able to check in until 3 that day. We had to leave our luggage in a storage room.

    When I called to confirm the reservation the guy who answered the phone was already rude. The reception staff wasnt welcoming at all. If you need a place to stay in NYC that is affordable for a couple of days, this hotel is the place to stay.

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About

Overview

Opened in 2017, Life Hotel is the latest incarnation of the 19th-century building that once held the offices and staff living quarters for “Life" magazine. The boutique atmosphere that the hotel offers makes it a welcome alternative to the many characterless hotel options in this part of Midtown. The surroundings of the hotel aren't the most exciting or picturesque. The hotel is located on a lackluster block with neighboring vape shops, liquor stores, jewelry and cellphone accessory wholesalers, and empty storefronts. Despite the unattractive surroundings and scenery, the hotel is central to many downtown and Midtown destinations. Koreatown, Herald Square, home to Macy's flagship store, Empire State Building, and Madison Square Park are short walks away. Central Park, SoHo, the 9/11 Memorial, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art are short drives away. Life Hotel's on-site features are slim, which is typical for a boutique hotel. The cozy-casual Henry at Life Hotel bistro offer staples like oysters, pastas, and roasted fish. Across from the restaurant is Life's lobby bar, which serves draft beer, wine, and cocktails, and acts as a work space during the day. The rooftop Chef’s Garden off the second floor can be booked for cocktail events or private dinners for up to 16 people. Guests have access to this outdoor space when it’s not occupied with events. A secret staircase behind the elevator leads guests to Gibson + Luce is Henry's subterranean cocktail bar. The hotel's mini fitness center has one of everything and a small business center offer the necessities. Accommodations include a variety of styles and sizes, but all are charming and retro. Amenities are extremely modern, with every room featuring large 60-inch flat-screen TVs with Google Chromecast and Wi-Fi hot spots.

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Features

Free parking
Free airport shuttle
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Pet friendly
Air conditioning

8.0 Excellent

Based on 1,901 reviews

9.5

Location

8.5

WiFi

5.2

Amenities

4.6

Wellness

Things to know

  • Friendly service
  • Comfortable beds

Check in

15:00

Check out

11:00

Cancellation/pre-payment

Policies vary by room type and provider.

Amenities

Fitness centre
Free Wi-Fi
Pets allowed on request. Charges may apply.
Disabled access
ATM on-site
Babysitting or child care
Business centre
Internet
Concierge service
Laundry service
No smoking
Restaurant
Bar/Lounge
Air-conditioned
24-hour front desk
Safe
Storage available
Lift
Hairdryer
Cable or satellite TV
Night club
Parking (surcharge)
Laundry facilities
Coffee shop

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Location

Most popular landmarks

  • Empire State Building 223 yd
  • Bryant Park 0.5 mi
  • New York Public Library 0.5 mi
  • Grand Central Terminal 0.6 mi
  • Times Square 0.8 mi
  • High Line 0.9 mi

About the neighbourhood

Flatiron District is known for: fast-paced, outdoor spaces, distinct architecture

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