Just got back from a four night stay. Very quaint, clean and unique experience. I felt like it was not a hostel, and geared towards the budget minded traveller. It was easy to walk most places and of course the subway is pretty good (though we had to use the net to search for subway stops as they are not right nearby).
Staff was awesome! Cleaning staff and front desk staff friendly and responsive.
Tips & Points of Improvement:
It is noisy - I got ear plugs on my second night and that was perfect! The doors have no cushioning and slam hard and loud at all hours. Bed incredibly comfortable and clean. Could use some hooks in the cabin we were in, as it rained two days and there was no where to hang our wet coats and umbrellas.
Bathrooms beautiful, but not easy to negotiate to put makeup on (no place to put toiletries). Bring a mirror ladies might be easier.
Not near enough space in the main common area to sit and use your laptop. Internet connection in our cabin was spotty due to its location on the other side of the wall. No internet in the garden which would have been nice on the warm nights.
Booking was spotty and we were very glad we double and triple checked our reservations. I recommend people do that to ensure. We had a little issue at first, and saw many people with booking problems when we were there. It was FULL too!
My husband and I felt very secure here. Did we get what we expected? Yes, we did. Would we return? Yes (with earplugs for both of us). Affordable, unique and not a bad location for getting places in NYC. Felt like I was in the city. Yes, the area is run down (not the Bowery House itself though). I did like the quaintness, and felt a bit like I was in an old 1940's film. :)
I do recommend The Bowery House, but realize the deal you are getting and it is an experience in itself. If you are there to experience the energy of New York, this was great!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our property, 220 Bowery, was built in 1927 as a manufacturing building. It operated in this capacity until it was reborn as The Prince Hotel in the 1940’s to serve as temporary lodging for soldiers returning home from World War II. All floors of The Prince Hotel were rebuilt with single room cabins that were just large enough for a bed and storage of essential items. The bathrooms were made communal so that the hotel operators could maximize its occupancy and house as many soldiers as possible. With its prime location and easy access to vices such as gambling, prostitution and saloons - some of the soldiers never left and decided to make the majority of the 200 cabins their long-term homes. It was in these single rooms that many of the Bowery’s most eccentric characters lived for decades adding to the lore and drama of New York’s former skid row. At The Bowery House, we have decided to preserve and restore every detail of the remarkable 1940’s cabin craftsmanship and in turn provide unique, authentic and historic accommodations to travelers from around the world. Part museum and part hotel, we hope you enjoy not only the neighborhood but also the living history that is The Bowery House. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Bowery House Hotel New York City