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“Good to experience- but not perfect”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Bowery Hotel

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The Bowery Hotel
Ranked #172 of 467 Hotels in New York City
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Los Gatos, California, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Good to experience- but not perfect”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

I loved mixing it up and staying at The Bowery Hotel for the first time. It definitely has the vibe that you are in a special place. Plus, I like that its not this uber-modern trying-to-be-hip hotel, but rather a dark place with a bohemian chic feel. They even use the old gold tassel keys instead of the cheap plastic ones. I like that.
You just have to fully embrace the environment to be happy here. Such as the small patio that would be lovely on a warm afternoon, but instead is filled with smokers (warning- a californian is reviewing). The paparazzi waiting for the latest celeb to walk out, or the neighborhood that gets interesting at night. Just a few things that I thought took down the luxury aspect of this hotel a bit. Also, the service at the front desk was average. They weren't super friendly and looked too busy to be helping guests.

I have to say that they make amazing cocktails at the bar, and their restaurant Gemma, shouldn't be missed.

I would still recommend it given it didn't meet all my preferences. I would just stick with recommending it a certain set of friends who can appreciate the edginess of it. Its definitely one of the best places in NYC to people watch.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

I returned recently to the Bowery Hotel for a night, this was my second stay there, and it was just as pleasurable as the first time. My queen room was small but well-appointed. In fact, the design is really great - the overall look is very well done, and I love the bathroom's old-school tile, wonderful rain shower, and nice products. I was greeted with a bottle of wine on the table for returning - great touch. And the staff at the desk was efficient and friendly as I remember. I like this hotel's approach: cool design, behind the scenes staff who are attentive when needed, and great location. For anyone living near, returning to, or coming to NYC for the first time, the Lower East Side is a great spot to discover.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2012

We visited friends for a few days and then decided to splurge and spend a weekend at the Bowery. It was worth every penny. We loved the location, the rooms, the hotel details, the cocktails at the bar, the service, and had a really great time.
We will never stay anywhere else!!!
From Trip Advisor, I knew to request a room with a bath tub, and it was AMAZING!! We had bubble baths on both nights and felt utterly pampered and in luxury. The outdoor bar is a total scene at night, and the number of smokers is kind of appalling, for us California folks. :) But the cocktail was delicious, and it was fun to see the scene and then retire to our room.
We appreciated the NY Times on our doorstep, and we had yummy cappuccinos downstairs at the restaurant, Gemma. We hope to eat there next time.
We had some weird room charge on our credit card when we got home, but when I called the following week to resolve it, they were extremely helpful and apologetic and removed it immediately.
Can't wait for our next NYC adventure!!!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

This is my favorite hotel in nyc. The rooms are comfortable and nicely decorated. The bathrooms are nice, not large, but not small by nyc standards. The location can't be beat. There are several great restaurants and shops all around the hotel. The New Museum is less than a five minute walk, and you can easily walk to the shops in Nolita in about 5 mins as well. There is also a Whole Foods just down the street in case you need something.

Love the vibe and the fabulous bar/deck/lounge area. The bar is very popular at night, and we've seen celebrities here several times.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

This is a cool hotel. Dark and broody with a terrace for drinks where the young and beautiful hang out showing each other pictures of cool things on iPads. Even better, the hotel will remove these beautiful young things to make way for paying guests which (partially) compensates those of us envious of their youth.
We spent a fortune but it was worth it. Ate at the Italian place a couple of times (good) and spotted Jody Foster there (obviously we pretended not to notice, to notice would be not cool).
Free rental of bicycles (cool ones, obviously) a big hit that you should do. Local area is bohemian - very mixed crowd and lots of little bars etc.
Rooms are NYC big (read small) but again, cool.
Service was excellent and I suspect that all the staff were 'resting' models and actors but not pretentious at all.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Bowery Hotel
Address: 335 Bowery, New York City, NY 10003-7138
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > East Village , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#58 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#78 Business Hotel in New York City
#127 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#154 Family Hotel in New York City
Price range (per night): $553 - $997
Hotel Class:5 star — The Bowery Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 135
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bowery Hotel, a delightfully atmospheric luxury hotel in downtown Manhattan has opened its doors on the historic Bowery ushering in a new era of hospitality in one of New York's most exciting and desirable areas. Room types range from standard rooms to one-bedroom terrace suites, all of which boast hardwood floors, floor to ceiling factory windows and sweeping views of NYC. ... more   less 
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