Alex Catarinella

Arlo NoMad

with Alex Catarinella
  • Where:New York City, New York

  • Why:Cute staycation with my boyfriend.

  • When:First very snowy weekend of 2017.

  • Who:Me and my boyfriend.

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Highs & Lows

  • The lobby, the restaurant (MASSONI) and bar (BARlo) are so impeccably and uniquely designed. I love the peaceful “library” on the second floor - massive, great natural lighting, funky furniture and art, super chill vibes.

  • The breakfast at MASSONI was superb. I could have their polenta pancakes paired with a Liquiteria juice (get the Grasshopper, obviously) all day, everyday.

  • The lobby-located “Bodega” is 24/7 hours - offering JOE coffee, eclectic savory bites (like the Koreatown-friendly “True Gentlemen Korean BBQ Jerky”) and sweet mouth watering-inducing treats (via chocolatiers like Nunu, Liddabit, and Cacao Prieto). I highly recommend MOUTH’s (to die for!) Flat White chocolate bar.

  • I regret not having MASSONI’s self-described “inauthentic Italian” dinner after our Italian-born waitress at breakfast filled us in on its deliciousness. She had me at “Italian/Asian fusion.”

  • As for Arlo NoMad’s best highlight? The bed and those city views! It literally feels like you’re sleeping on air.

  • No room service, but I didn’t mind considering the “Bodega” in the lobby is 24/7. (You’ve got to get the Chicago-y pizza. The sauce is delish.)

  • I wish there was a bathtub. And I wish I could steal the great Blind Barber products (the shampoo, conditioner and body wash are secured to the shower’s wall.) However, you can snatch a bar of soap and the moisturizer, which I’m lathered up in right now.

  • Rooms are on the small side, but the Instagram-friendly view, the price and the dream bed totally make up for it.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Stylish boutique hotel with reasonably priced rooms.

  • Vibe

    Pretentious-free, kind of hip, artsy, and super cute.

  • Location

    In the heart of lovely Koreatown.

  • Rooms

    248

  • Music

    Heard hip-hop in the evening, and more lush dream pop in the daytime.

  • Year Opened

    November 2016

  • Designed By

    Avroko, Leeding Builders Group, Quardrum Global and Eagle Point.

  • Pool/Gym

    No gym, but they offer guest passes to hotel guests to the New York Sports Club located at 200 Madison Ave (36th and Madison).

  • Restaurant

    Yes, and it rules.

  • Bar

    Yes, and it’s hip as shit.

  • Minibar

    No minibar, just the Bodega which is open 24 hours.

  • Wifi

    Free and fast.

  • Children

    Please don’t ;-)

  • Price

    Pretty inexpensive for such a hip NYC hotel.

You’ve got to take advantage of being in the heart of Koreatown. I suggest the hot-stone Bimimbap.

Have dinner at the perma-bustling BCD Tofu House

5 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001, United States

You’ve got to take advantage of being in the heart of Koreatown. I suggest the hot-stone Bimimbap.

They’ve got a great song selection - you can change the song key! Rooms also have a strobe lights and a stripper pole.

Head to 5 Bar Karaoke with your homies, and get a private room.

38 West 32nd Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001

They’ve got a great song selection - you can change the song key! Rooms also have a strobe lights and a stripper pole.

Waking up with a hangover is a blessing when you can drag yourself over to one of the many skincare shops. It’s all about the Korean brightening and/or moisturizing face-masks at The Mask Bar.

Go to The Mask Bar

316 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001, United States

Waking up with a hangover is a blessing when you can drag yourself over to one of the many skincare shops. It’s all about the Korean brightening and/or moisturizing face-masks at The Mask Bar.

Arlo NoMad

11 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016, United States

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