The Life Hotel, a historic building in the NoMad area of New York

The Life Hotel has a perfect location in the NoMAd neighborhood, NOrth of MADdison Square Park. The building is old, but the hotel is very recent, with a restaurant that has just opened a couple of months ago.

History of the Life Hotel

The building holds a particular significance in NYC because it was the Life Magazine premises. It was built in 1893, and at this time, writers, artists and reporters of the magazine lived or stayed there. Life magazine was purchased in 1936 by Time and the offices moved to Rockefeller Plaza.
Then it became a residential building and a low-end hotel called The Herald Square.
Since 2017 it is a completely renovated building, with a name that recalls its glorious past, the Life Hotel.

How is the hotel?

The hotel mixes tradition as the facade, wooden elements, apparent bricks, marble, with modernity. The decoration is very simple.
Upon entering you see a large bar on the left.

On the right, you can see the Henry at the Life Hotel restaurant.

How are the rooms?

The hotel offers double or single bedrooms, some are like little suites and have a sofa bed. The size of the room may vary, but the decoration is the same: wooden floor, metal bed frame, white paint, modern paintings on the walls and gigantic LED screens.

The bathroom is more traditional, with a magnificent white marble. The faucet is golden.

The bed is very comfortable, perfect for a recovering night.

What are the good plans of this hotel?

Breakfast is included in the room rate! In the morning all you have to do is go to the bar on the first floor (or now the restaurant) and have a large selection of hot drinks, bread, cereals, fruits. They really have what it takes to start well the day.

But the best thing is that in the evening they serve an aperitif with several alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks: cold cuts, vegetables, cheese, hummus …

How much does one night at the Life Hotel cost?

It all depends on the period of your stay, but they are about 150 to 200 dollars per night.

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Where is the hotel?

It is very well located, one block away from Herald Square, 5 minutes from the Macy’s store, behind the Empire State Building. It is one street away from the Radisson Martinique Hotel if you want to compare the rates.
Address: 19 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001


If you are looking for a hotel in the heart of Manhattan, the Life Hotel could be a very good option. In addition, you will sleep in a mythical building in New York!


My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

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