Hotel review: I spent a night at MADE, in Manhattan's NoMad neighborhood — here's what I liked most about the understated, boutique hotel


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  • A relatively new spot in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood, the

    MADE Hotel
    is a great spot for travelers who crave convenience,
    comfort, and creativity while traveling. 
  • MADE was designed by a team with a passion for art and style,
    which can be seen in everything from unique textiles in the guest
    rooms, to rotating art exhibits lining the lobby walls. 
  • Nightly rates start just over $200 for a standard Studio,
    though prices vary depending on time of year. There are a range of
    options to fit different budgets; I spent a night in a
    Creative Suite
    and loved the unique look and feel of it. 

Whether you’re visiting New York for the first time or have
lived here for years, the city has a vibrant energy you can’t
ignore. A calm oasis to refresh and recharge is crucial, and I
found one at MADE Hotel. 

MADE Hotel New York is a relatively new addition to the
neighborhood — it opened in 2019 — but has quickly become
popular with both tourists and business travelers for good reason:
the location is central, the design impressive, and well, it’s just
cool.

An expression of New York’s eclectic culture, MADE features
industrial yet simple furnishings and innovative work on display
from local artists. With corners spilling over with lush greenery
from fresh plants, there’s almost a tropical vibe that makes you
take a step back and savor things slowly. It’s a stark, yet
refreshing contrast to the grit and frenetic pace of New York
streets outside. 

I spent the night in a
Creative Suite
, comped for review purposes, which typically
books for around $320 a night depending on the time of year.
Smaller rooms like Studios are more affordable and priced starting
around $200 per night. 

Keep reading to see why I was so impressed by the
MADE Hotel NYC
.

You won’t find big signs shouting that you’ve arrived at MADE.
Rather, subtle signage showed itself only in the form of a simple
MADE logo emblazoned on the sidewalk. 

Once I opened the big wooden door, I immediately felt at ease in
the casual space. The lobby didn’t really feel like a lobby at all,
but rather a relaxed communal space. 

I smelled the aroma of Paper Coffee, the hotel’s coffee shop
right away, which was directly to my right when I entered. The
space was open, meant to encourage guests to meander freely.

While there was barely a line when I checked in, if there had
been, I could have easily sat and admired the pastries (okay, and
eaten one) in the coffee shop, or perused the menu at the bar while
I waited.

Check-in itself was quick and easy. It was prime time, but there
was only one person ahead of me and the whole process only took a
few minutes. The hotel concierge was friendly and informative,
quick to answer my questions or offer tips about the surrounding
area.

I loved the casual, yet inviting vibe, made warmer by lighting,
natural wood finishes, and potted plants. The collective look gave
the space an aspirational living room vibe, and it felt like the
kind of space my chicest friend would design. The room was full,
with many people working on computers, or ordering small bites from
the bar. There was also a nice outdoor terrace filled with
picnic-style tables and plants. I’d surely have spent some time out
there if it was a nicer day.

Lobby walls also acted as art exhibits. When I visited, the “On,
Line” exhibit explored digital mediums and unique expressions of
lines. Art typically rotates every two to three months, curated by
MADE’s own art consultant, who also leads a calendar of art and
culture events, from meditation to painting.

After getting off the elevator and moving through the dim
hallway, I arrived at my room — a
Creative Suite

It was clean and tidy, yet colorful.  The open layout felt
particularly luxurious for New York, and I had more than enough
space to move comfortably. Long windows flooded my room with
natural light, brightening the space even more. Instead of a
closet, there was exposed, bronze shelving.

Exposed red piping and a fire sprinkler was visible along the
ceiling, which was actually a bit of an eyesore in comparison to
the carefully crafted look of the room, but was easy to
ignore. 

The suite struck me as a good option for those coming to New
York for a special occasion, on an extended stay, or need to spend
a good amount of time in my room. With a sitting area and bathtub,
the higher price tag still seemed reasonable compared to pricier
hotels in the area.

Though, if I was traveling alone or just wanted a cozy launchpad
to explore the city, I’d probably go for the more budget-friendly
studio, which is just as design-forward as larger options.

I liked the unique and functional desk, which could be pulled
down or folded up when not in use, which was a nice way to keep the
space open.

The minibar was stocked with local, artisanal (and pricey)
treats like Hal’s potato
chips
and Cactus Candy. I
was surprised to find a Byredo candle in the minibar, though I
suppose that speaks to the experience MADE creates for its guests
— something special but comfortable. 

I also appreciated other small, thoughtful details such as an
arts and culture magazine and a retro-looking Revo SuperConnect deluxe table radio,
which gave the space added character and something to play with
right off the bat. 

The highlight of the room, however, was the incredibly
comfortable mattress. My room, like all at MADE, had a Leesa
hybrid mattress
, which also happens to be Insider Picks’
favorite mattress
. Laying down on the cloud-like surface, I was
lulled to sleep by the sounds of the city. Though if you are
sensitive to sound or a light sleeper, you may want to ask the
front desk for a quiet location. Similarly, I also heard noise from
the rooftop bar.

The bathroom was small, with grey tile walls, a stone sink, and
bronze fixtures that set a soothing tone. There was a bathtub (a
perk of the suite) that felt like an unnecessary, but lovely
indulgence, equipped with two showerheads. My bath and shower was
elevated by the addition of MOMO shampoo, conditioner, and shower
gel, which felt luxurious, rather than cheap hotel
throwaways. 

Though, some features weren’t totally practical.

The sink was shallow, which made water splash out while washing
my hands. The mirror was also just a sliver, and not wide enough to
actually get a good look at myself. Though this was likely a design
feature of the Creative Suite, as I was able to take a peek at a
standard room, and mirrors in those bathrooms were far more
traditional, and useful.

During my stay, I was able to compare my experience against a
cheaper Studio room.

While the space was more humble, it boasted all of the same
amenities that I had in my larger suite. I particularly liked how
the lofted bed offered some storage beneath it.

The Studio room felt small, but not cramped. Sized between 185
to 200 square feet, it was actually pretty spacious by New York
bedroom standards. If you’re looking for a cheaper price and can
compromise on space, it’s a good option that’s both affordable and
sophisticated.

Compare
MADE room types and prices at Booking.com

MADE’s lobby bar is open from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (and 2 a.m. on
Friday), making it a convenient spot to grab a breakfast bite
before a busy day or craft cocktail in the evening. There’s a small
menu of bites too, such as avocado toast, Cacio e Pepe, and a
classic burger.

On the top floor, don’t miss Good Behavior, the hotel’s rooftop
bar known for cheeky tiki cocktails. Open year-round, the
sun-drenched space offers great views of New York City inside and
out. They also host fun events; during my stay they were setting
up for an alien-themed Halloween party, attracting New Yorkers in
addition to hotel guests. 

For something more mellow, head to the patio on the second
floor. Food and drink aren’t served, but it’s a nice open space
that only hotel guests can use, and easily accessible from the
lobby. If I had been here on a summer day, I would have found it a
great place to relax in the sun. 

MADE’s prime NoMad location means you’re a short walk to Madison
Square Park for people-watching with a burger from the original
Shake Shack. 

It’s also well-located for sightseeing: the Empire State
Building is also a quick walk away.

When it’s time to eat, try anything from fast-casual spots like
Bondi sushi to the experiential Italian food hall Eataly, or a
classic New York haunt like The Smith. 

Located near most major subway lines, MADE’s location is
convenient but with more of a neighborhood feel than you’ll find in
tourist-trodden Midtown Manhattan. 

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With a
4.5-star rating on Trip Advisor
and a
9.0 on Booking.com
, reviewers generally have positive things to
say about MADE.

Most comment on the friendly staff, fun rooftop bar, comfortable
bed, and overall “cool” vibe.

One of the more common complaints was that furnishings proved
more aesthetic than practical.  Additionally, many reviewers
commented on the small size of the bathrooms. If you are traveling
with another person, this is definitely something to consider.
Still, MADE NYC makes the cut as one of
Booking.com’s top picks
in New York. 

Read
reviews, compare prices, and book MADE Hotel on Trip
Advisor

Who stays here: Business travelers, families
and couples, and creative-minded travelers. 

We like: The leafy, art-filled lobby. You’ll
want to grab a coffee, melt into one of the couches, and get some
work done in this inviting space. 

We love (don’t miss this feature!): The
design-forward aesthetic, super comfortable Leesa mattress, and the
culture calendar, which is filled with all kinds of cool events and
shouldn’t be overlooked.

We think you should know: There’s a $25 daily
curation fee that gives you a free beverage, Liberty Cruise line
tickets, and access to bikes each day. This has become somewhat of
a norm in boutique properties like MADE, but is not a fixture of
all New York hotels and can drive up the overall price. It is a
pet-friendly building too, but you’ll have to pay a one-time $100
pet fee for your furry friend to join you. 

We’d do this differently next time: Stay on a
lower floor. I like to go to bed early, and the 17th floor was a
bit loud as it’s directly under Good Behavior, the hotel’s rooftop
bar.

With a prime New York City location and in a space focused on
art and design, MADE offers an exciting, untraditional escape for
business and creative types.

It’s cool without feeling pretentious, and the range of rooms
offers affordable options for multiple budgets.
MADE
is a comfortable oasis in a busy city (no doubt due to the
plethora of gorgeous plants) with rooms as creative as the hotel’s
own art-minded ethos, making it a perfect counterpart for New
York’s boundless energy. 

Book
the MADE Hotel NYC, starting at $200 per night

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Hotel review: I spent a night at MADE, in Manhattan's NoMad neighborhood — here's what I liked most about the understated, boutique hotel