Why We Like It:
The Bowery’s 17 floors tower over New York’s buzzy East Village allowing its rooms some of the very best views around.
The hotel has a buzz all of its own too and is something of an A-list hangout. Photos are strictly prohibited in the lobby bar for example and its upper level suites are not available to be booked online, just to give you an idea.
It’s not cheap by any means, and some guests do complain about the size of the rooms, but The Bowery has such an uber-cool reputation that it doesn’t really need to care.
The location is very convenient: you’re a short walk away from East Village, Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Little Italy, Nolita, SoHo, NoHo, and the Lower East Side.
The Bowery has 110 rooms and 25 suites, with all but one type of suite – the 400 square feet studio suite – being unavailable to book online.
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The rooms range in size from 250 to 350 square feet and are certainly comfortable, if not very decorative. They have something of a vintage feel too, and lots of dark woods combined with brightly colored upholstery and linens.
The marble bathrooms are particularly vintage in style. Entry-level rooms have walk-in rainfall showers while higher up the chain you will also find bathtubs.
All are supplied with luxury C.O. Bigelow or Lingua Franca bath amenities and terry robes.
The views, as mentioned are a real highlight, from pretty much any floor. The floor-to-ceiling, warehouse-style windows can also take much of the credit.
Prices & Availability:
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Food & Facilities:
The Bowery’s signature restaurant is Gemma – a well-known celebrity hangout. It is a rustic, trattoria-style Italian located on the ground floor.
The food is mainly traditional Italian with a seasonal menu and an extensive Italian wine list, but the menu is varied and doesn’t shy away from giant burgers, fries, strip steaks and the like. Its pizzas too are legendary.
Guests of the hotel can happily order from the menu 24 hours via room service.
Breakfast, sadly not included in the room rate, has a whole lot of choice too, some of it also Italian/European flavored – Tuscan toast, contorni, croissants, maple coconut chia pudding, steel-cut oatmeal, eggs as you like, frittatas, blueberry pancakes and more.
The Lobby Bar at The Bowery might be more famous than the hotel itself. It is as glamorous as it is dimly lit and cozy, and a place to be seen for movers and shakers in the city. It has an extensive wine list and does famously good cocktails.
There’s little in the way of other facilities at the hotel, save for a small, but reasonably well-equipped, gym on the bottom floor.
Very convenient for exploring downtown The Bowery is right in the East Village, Manhattan, no more than 15 minutes walk from Greenwich Village, NoLita, NoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown, SoHo and the Lower East Side.
Some Guest Reviews:
“The Bowery is beautiful! From the tiled walls and mosaic floors in the lobby to the beautiful, huge windows in the rooms. There was such care taken in decorating it and the care taken to maintain it and keep it looking fresh is evident. Also, best shower ever!…..”
“This is my “go to” location when I am in New York. I love the location because I can travel alone, and this boutique hotel is near everything I want to do. There is a restaurant attached (Gemma) that has a full menu and offers room service as well. After an early morning flight, it was fantastic to be able to walk over to Prince Pizza grab a quit bite, relax in our room, and then enjoy a several course meal just downstairs. I also love the amenities. There is a fireplace in the lobby where you can enjoy the day’s papers, socialize, and grab a quick bite to eat or drink if you like (Gemma’s chocolate croissants are to die for)…..”
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