Ranked #96 in our countdown of the 100 Best Hotels and Resorts in the World.
Though the hotel’s name refers to its location (NOrth of MADison Square Park), French designer Jacques Garcia has wittily woven the concept of travel (albeit up-market, old-world nomad) into the décor.
The 1903 Beaux-Arts building is crammed with rich colours, vintage rugs, polished boards, leather trunks and moody lighting.
Rooms, from Classic (read small) to the Suite Royale are equally as characterful, if a smidgeon more modest.
There’s an atmospheric library plus laptops and iPads on loan.
Super chef Daniel Humm has turned the Atrium and oak-furnished Parlour into New York foodie hotspots. Cocktail maestro Leo Robitschek steers the mahogany-panelled Bar.
Size 168 rooms
Did you know Barack Obama has eaten here with his entourage.