I stayed at The Bowery House for two weeks in September. After reading some of the reviews on here, I do agree with some points, though it just seems people are being to picky.
To begin with, the website clearly states that the single cabin beds are smaller than normal single sized beds. It also states that the rooms do not have a sealed roof. So people should really learn to read carefully.
When you arrive to check in, if you are lucky you will be greeted by the lovely Val or Tiffany, if not another friendly staff member who will greet you and lay out the rules. If you arrive before check in time (3pm) you can leave your bags there.
I stayed in a single cabin room my entire stay and yes after the initial shock of how little space you have, I got use to it. To give you an idea of the size of the room, I am 5’10” and when laying on the bed, my feet were right up against the wall of the room. The bed is surprisingly comfortable. You do get ear plugs to try and drown out the most horrendous snoring you will ever hear. People are not meant to be talking/skyping/watching movies or pretty much anything that is loud in their rooms. So if you find this happens, go to the reception desk and security will sort them out. You will find every night there are people who do not follow the rules, so if you are a light sleeper you will not be impressed. I do recommend having a few drinks before you go to sleep. If you pass out, you won’t hear the snoring etc.
There are big couches in the common area near reception with a TV. This area is a good place to plan your day in the morning. The Bowery House also has an amazing roof top. There is a decent view up there. You get a good look of the Freedom tower. Most nights there are people up there having some drinks, so if you are traveling solo be sure to head up there when the sun goes down to make some new friends. They did start showing movies on the roof top on a Thursday night which is a fantastic use of the space.
The amenities in the hostel I found to be of a high standard. There was always shampoo/body wash/soap in the showers and bathrooms. Even small things like toilet paper was always replenished. The bathrooms and showers were always clean. In fact the whole place is kept spotless.
The restaurant downstairs called The Bowery Kitchen has amazing food. Guests of the hostel get free coffee/tea and 10% off meals. I highly recommend the Italian Burger!
The hostel is in a great location. There are plenty of subways stations within a block or two. The Soho shopping precinct is a 5 min walk away. There is a Whole Foods (supermarket) down the road. The New Museum across the road is pretty cool. It’s free Thursday nights if you want spend a bit of time lining up. The East Village is down the road where there are a lot of cool bars/pubs.
All in all I found my experience at The Bowery House to be enjoyable. I had never stayed at a hostel before, so I was a bit hesitant to stay here but I am glad I did. I had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people. I feel the value for money is very good. You pay a quarter of the price you would for staying at a hotel and the location is so much better and it isn’t as touristy as say Time Square.
I’d definitely recommend The Bowery House and I would stay here again myself. Make an effort to speak with the people that work there, they are extremely hospitable and are just cool people!
Next time I’d be booking a twin room though.
- 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