August 12, 2022

Marriott’s newest luxury property has opened in New York City this week, and it’s probably worth being aware of if you’re a Marriott Bonvoy loyalist, especially as you can redeem points here.

Basics of the Ritz-Carlton NoMad New York

The Ritz-Carlton New York NoMad has welcomed its first guests as of July 2022. This complements the brand’s existing property in the city, which is the Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park. Many New York City hotels are a bit past their prime and/or have classic decor, so in that sense the Ritz-Carlton NoMad is noteworthy, as it’s a newly built property.

The hotel is located in the North of Madison Square Park neighborhood (hence the “NoMad” name), and it’s located in a 50-floor high rise, rising 500 feet above the city. The property features 250 guest rooms, 19 of which are suites, plus 16 one and two bedroom penthouse residences.

Ritz-Carlton NoMad exterior
Ritz-Carlton NoMad entrance
Ritz-Carlton NoMad lobby
Ritz-Carlton NoMad guest room

The Ritz-Carlton NoMad has a club lounge, as is standard at most Ritz-Carlton properties. Ritz-Carlton club lounges are a step up from your typical hotel club lounges, though they’re priced accordingly. The property also has a 6,800 square foot spa and fitness center, including eight treatment rooms, and a sauna and steam room. Spa treatments feature products from Augustinus Bader.

The property also has some noteworthy food & beverage outlets, including:

  • Zaytinya, offering a mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese cuisines
  • Nubeluz, located on the hotel’s rooftop, which features 270 degree views across Manhattan, with an extensive list of signature cocktails, light bites, and more
  • The Lobby Lounge & Bar, where guests can enjoy coffee and pastries in the morning, or drinks in the afternoons and evenings
  • The Bazaar by Jose Andres, which will debut in late 2022
Ritz-Carlton NoMad Zaytinya
Ritz-Carlton NoMad The Bazaar

Admittedly I’m not particularly brand loyal to Ritz-Carlton, since the group isn’t great about honoring Marriott Bonvoy elite benefits. That being said, to me this looks like a pretty appealing luxury option in New York City, at least based on my preferences — it has great views, a good location (which to me is anything but Midtown), and a modern design, all of which are things I like.

I also think it’s worth acknowledging that the hotel has a strong food & beverage game, especially compared to other points hotels. For example, the Park Hyatt New York still doesn’t have a restaurant.

Ritz-Carlton NoMad New York rates & points requirements

So, what are points requirements and rates like at the Ritz-Carlton NoMad New York? They’re roughly what you’d expect, given the overall state of hotel pricing.

Marriott Bonvoy has dynamic award pricing nowadays, so pricing varies by night. Points requirements seem to start at just under 100,000 Bonvoy points per night. To maximize value there’s a fifth night free when redeeming points, which will stretch your points further.

Ritz-Carlton NoMad points cost

Cash rates at the Ritz-Carlton NoMad seem to start at just under $1,000 per night.

Ritz-Carlton NoMad cash cost

If you are going to book a cash stay at the Ritz-Carlton NoMad, I’d highly recommend doing so through the Marriott STARS program, so you can receive complimentary breakfast, a $100 property credit, a room upgrade, early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability), and a welcome amenity. At the moment the hotel is even offering a confirmed upgrade at booking for those who reserve through Marriott STARS.

This is only available on cash stays, and you’ll have to pay whatever the regular “flexible” rate is. It’s not available when redeeming points. The Marriott STARS program is especially valuable on Ritz-Carlton stays, since the brand doesn’t otherwise include breakfast for elite members.

Bottom line

The Ritz-Carlton New York NoMad is new open, and seems to be a great new option for those who want a modern luxury property in a fun area. The hotel has great views, and an impressive selection of food & beverage outlets.

This is a solid new option for those looking to redeem points, though it’s a shame that Bonvoy elite benefits are limited at Ritz-Carltons when redeeming points. This is a non-issue on cash stays, when you can reserve through Marriott STARS.

What do you make of the new Ritz-Carlton NoMad?

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