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Downtown Luxury, Walk to Village / SOHO / Everything -- Easy Cab Uptown
We booked through the hotel website due to the "soft opening" of this Brand New Hotel. But this hotel is going to be great once the restaurant opens. Our room was not available at 3pm because we requested a tub (note that not all rooms have tubs). The tubs are luxury soaking tubs by Waterworks, as are all the plumbing fixtures in the completely old-world marble bathrooms. The manager bought us drinks at the bar off the lobby while we waited near the fireplace and read a magazine. Saw several low-key "big names" coming in and out -- so apparently the word is already out about this great find.
The lobby features found and new furnishings akin to a European bed and breakfast hotelier. The fireplace and the imported tile is definitely a departure from the rest of Manhattan's ubber-stylized hotels. They were hiring staff while we were there, so to say it's new is an understatement. But they are going to get it right, you can tell.
The loft-style bedroom has a floor to ceiling, wall to wall window. Suite 518 overlooked the front of the hotel which has great views of the city. My photos are from my PalmTreo, so not the greatest, but you'll get a great idea of the charm and luxury of this place. I usually stay at 4 or 5 star on Central Park, but this was a great hotel downtown which was in walking distance to the Village, SoHo, and all the great restaurants.
The MiniBar has everything you could ask for including snacks and candies from Dean & Delluca, a StreetWise Map of Manhattan, Condoms & Other "Products" as well as imported beers, wines and liquor. There is room service, and the breakfast was VERY reasonably priced for such a nice hotel. The big LCD Hi-Def TV was great, and they offer free DVDs for in-room use. There's a deli/coffee shop across the street in case you want a bagel and a $1 coffee in the morning. You will have to walk a block or two to get to the good shops, but they are literally a block or two away, so don't be afraid to venture out, it's NYC afterall. I'm used to trekking in Europe, and this hotel made it feel like an old school trip. A great experience.
I would agree with other travellers who state that there is not much in the way of hanging storage, but there are two hidden drawers under the TV on the huge custom desk console. I wound up leaving most of my clothes in my bag and only hanging my shirts. If I were staying for business for a week with a few suits and a partner along for a holiday, it would have been a fight for hangers. But no biggie. The HUGE bathroom and loft space are worth limited closet space!
There are tons of lighting options with many of them on dimmers. The tub and C.O.Bigelow Bath Products are great too, and our suite had a shuttered window which allowed for overlooking the room from the bathtub and gave a view of the city while scrub-a-dubbing. No peeking cheeky monkey!
Elegant hotel in a great location
This 135-room hotel felt authentic, not at all bland, like boring chain hotels. The Bowery's handsome lobby felt old-world decorated with Moroccan tiles and Oriental rugs. Loved the floor to ceiling factory windows in my room which provided a great view outside and gave the illusion of of being bigger. My home away from home was quiet, bright and beautiful.
Even though my room was compact (Rm 709) it was decorated with nice custom touches (recessed headboard, oriental rugs, dimmers on all the lights and blackout shades for the large windows. In the bathroom, a rain-forest shower head felt grand). The toiletries from C.O. Bigelow, a local Greenwich Village store, complemented the authentic look.
Location - For those travelers not wanting to stay in NYC's touristy area, The Bowery is a great alternative. Located in the East Village, this property is an easy walk to Union Square and So Ho. (Whole Foods is right down the street). As a solo traveler, I felt fine with my safety and was happy to not be in a "sanitized" neighborhood. This area has texture!
Service - Staff was caring and wanted to make a difference in your stay. Very helpful.
Recommendations - The only negative I cam away with is the thimble size closet for storage space. Recommend luggage racks. Also, go before The Bowery becomes an "it" hotel.
Would I go back? In a heartbeat.
Very Cool Hotel!
Just got back from a two night stay at the Bowery Hotel for business. I have to say that I love the decor of the hotel. It feels like you just stumbled off the hectic streets of Manhattan into a relaxing scene straight out of the Ethan Allen Hemmingway Collection Catalog. You feel like you are in an exotic location with dark wood bookcases and leather furniture in a cozy lobby. The rooms are wonderful with the same tropical decor (dark wood fans) and a huge marble bath tub with a window view of the city.
I'd definitely stay at this hotel again because it is a pleasant change from the uber-hip sterile hotels that have become so common these days.
Beyond expectations - strongly recommended
Had a wonderful stay at The Bowery Hotel with girlfriend (2 nights during Easter). Altogether a great hotel: stylish and beautiful room (stayed in room 811), spacious bed and bathroom (esp considering NY), wonderful lobby for hanging out, and nice/relaxed staff.
Perfect for "girlfriend gettaway". Would strongly recommend this hotel for couples and for younger travellers (age 25-40) that want a real treat and have a great location for 'wine and dining' on lower Manhattan (off the usual tourist track).
Only three less favourable observations (although depending on one's perspective):
1. Booking: Still a bit unacessible to get info about the hotel and to book it on the web. I practically stumbled over this hotel thanks to an article in The Times (UK). So, my booking felt a bit like a gamble at first - although it turned out to be fantastic. Look forward to when the hotel is fully accessible on Hotels.com and other sites, hopefully with last minute deals as well...
2. Location: For a younger crowd, the location is brilliant. But would probably not recommend my parents, who are more concerned with secutriy, to stay there... Not that we felt insecure or were threatened in any way, but be aware that there is quite a few homeless people hanging around in the neighbourhood, which some prospective guests may not feel too comfortable about (esp during night time).
3. Service: we found the reception staff service minded, relaxed (in a good way) and hospitable. Only - minor - complaint is that the cleaning staff had a tendency to be overly ambitious (we stayed in for one afternoon and had them coming by some 3-4 times before we understood the importance of using the "privacy" sign on the door).
It should be stressed that none of the abovementioned observations reduced our overall positive experience of this hotel. We will certainly stay at The Bowery Hotel again.
The Bowery is Amazing
The Bowery Hotel is a wonderful hotel in a great location, Our room (901) was spacious and had a great view out of both floor to ceiling windows. Friendly staff, clean and central it is a great place to stay, However I believe the rates are going to increase dramatically once it has opened officially later in the year. At the moment there is no restaurant and the the terrace isn't open. Still, I highly recommend it.
El Bowery es asombroso.
El hotel de Bowery es un hotel maravilloso en una excelente ubicación. Nuestra habitación (901) era espaciosa y tenía una gran vista desde ambas ventanas desde el techo al suelo. El personal es simpático, es limpio y céntrico, es un estupendo sitio para alojarse. No obstante, creo que las tarifas van a aumentarlo dramáticamente cuando haya abierto oficialmente más adelante este año. Por el momento no hay restaurante y la terraza no está abierta. No obstante, lo recomiendo mucho.
Le Bowery est fantastique
Le Bowery Hotel est un magnifique hôtel très bien situé. Notre chambre (901) était spacieuse et avait une superbe vue grâce aux fenêtres du sol au plafond. Le personnel est sympathique, l'hôtel est propre et central,c'est un bel endroit. Mais je crois que les prix vont augmenter drastiquement une fois qu'ils auront ouvert officiellement plus tard dans l'année. Pour le moment il n'y a pas de restaurant, et la terrasse n'est pas ouverte. Enfin, je le conseille fortement.
My new favorite
I was a bit worried about staying at the Bowery given the location and the reputation of the area. However, those concerns were unfounded. The hotel is fantastic. The rooms are really amazing for the money and the common areas, while dark, have a great vibe. The fireplace and lobby bar are real gems. Drink prices are steep ($20 for a beer and Gin and Tonic), but that's New York. Another bar/club is being constructed on the second floor, but it is not yet open.
The room: We booked a queen deluxe and it was a great corner room with two banks of windows (all rooms have floor to ceiling factory windows) plus another huge window over the giant tub in bathroom. The bed and sheets were fantastic and I was even tempted to raid the mini-bar as the snacks and booze were first-rate...but I resisted as it was a ripoff (like all minibars). Ask for a high floor as some of the lower floor views are of a brick wall of a nearby building.
Service: Discrete and timely. We felt as though there was hardly anyone else in the hotel. The doormen were very helpful and friendly...even though it was not always easy to get a cab quickly.
Location: If you are going to NYC to see all the tourist sites...this is not your place....stay in Midtown. I have been to New York a lot so I like to just wander the neighborhoods and find new places. The Bowery was perfect for this as it forced us to explore NoHo and the Lower East Side. We found some great bars and restaurants and it was an easy walk to Union Square and Soho.
My only complaint was that my wake-up call came about 15 minutes later than I requested. I suppose it is always smart to set an alarm.
I highly recommend the Bowery...especially if they keep the prices where they are at...fairly reasonable for New York and a good value considering the rooms. Try to go before it becomes the new "it" spot and gets ruined by the throngs.
Beautiful Hotel Fantastic Location
We stayed in the Bowery Hotel for 5 nights and thought it was fantastic. We were in a corner room and the view was breathtaking. - floor to ceiling windows on 2 sides of the room. The huge windows continued into the bathroom so the place was bright and beautiful. Bath was lovely and great shampoo, soap etc
The location was great - especially if you don't want to be in Times Square. For hip shops and nice places to eat, things to do and see we loved it. The staff were very friendly and though it wasn't finished, you wouldn't have noticed. The interiors were really interesting, completely different from your normal bland chain hotel. The bar was very nice too. I had read about the area being dangerous but certainly didn't feel this to be the case at all.
The only downsides were the storage space which was pretty small. And I'm afriad the toilet didn't work very well.
I would highly recommend this hotel and this area. A real gem.
Gorgeous new gem of a hotel
I just returned from a two-night stay at the beautiful new Bowery Hotel and highly recommend it. After searching and searching for something romantic and unique in NYC that would not break the bank, I can say with certainty that we found it. This is a boutique hotel with a unique feel - as though you were staying in an old (but very updated and clean) mansion.
First of all, the rooms: beautifully appointed with dark hardwood floors and oriental rugs, velvet headboards, incredibly comfortable beds/pillows with elegant sheets, dimmers on all the lights, blackout shades (needed for GIANT windows), lush drapes, flat screen tv, cordless phone, fully stocked mini-bar, and ipod docking station.
Very quiet (very minimal street noise but no noise from neighboring rooms).
The best part though was having a view! That's right - a view in NYC for less than 300 a night. We could see the Chrysler and Empire State buildings from our bed. Amazing!!!
The rooms have giant factory windows which not only provide a great view but make the rooms seem bigger (remember rooms in NYC are always going to be on the small side).
The bathrooms were also lovely - marble with copper and brass accents, extremely soft towels and robes. Nice products and soaps.
Service was excellent - everyone was very nice and helpful.
The neighborhood is great, funky and fun - some of the best brunch spots in the city are close by. (but keep in mind its not quite as convenient as being in midtown. But the view and elegance of the hotel are totally worth it to me! Its was like having our own apartment in NYC because it felt like an elegant home and not a hotel. We loved it!)
Great bar and lobby area - giant vintage couches and arm chairs, low lighting, fireplace and tiled floors. Definitely different from the standard boring hotel but absolutely special.
Although not yet completely finished, I did notice any disturbance or noise.
Only downsides I can think of:
- Toilet is very loud when it flushes
- Basically no storage in the room - just a tiny closet. They really need to provide luggage racks for suitcases in the rooms. But for a weekend getaway it was perfect.
- No exercise facility but you can get day pass to nearby fitness center.