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“Small rooms but great location” 3 of 5 stars
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The Bowery House
2.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   220 Bowery, New York City, NY (Nolita)   |  
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Ranked #39 of 95 New York City B&B and Inns
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“Small rooms but great location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012 via mobile

First off let me just say that if you are a light sleeper or claustrophobic I'd suggest staying elsewhere.

Otherwise if you can handle these two things and are looking for a place to sleep and store your stuff then it's not bad. The location is close to several subway lines, really close to little Italy and Chinatown as well.

I will call the sleeping quarters rooms but they are more like mini pods. Approximately 5 feet wide and maybe 6 feet in length. I stayed in a single private that has a twin bed and a small nightstand. The baths are shared but are very clean and look fairly new. Also the ceilings are open even there is a lattice overhang you can basically hear those around you. They do provide linens including towels and ear plugs and if you're by the window facing the street you're probably going to get additional noise from that.

For the location it's a good value but only if you are staying for a short time.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

I stayed in a full cabin with a friend. We were woken up throughout the night by noisy people arriving back and shouting, stomping up the stairs, etc. The bathrooms and showers were really clean and nice, but when we left I was covered in bites. Think carefully before you stay here because your bags have no where to go but on the floor and you definitely don't want to bring these bugs home with you. Any money saved was cancelled out as each bed bug bit started to itch - skip this place unless you want to get bitten and bring bed bugs home with you...

Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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sskunkel, Manager at The Bowery House, responded to this review, December 14, 2012
I am sorry to hear about your recent stay at The Bowery House. If you saw something, you should have alerted the staff and we would have gone to great lengths to not only rectify the problem but also manage the situation for you personally.

As any diligent NYC hotel does, we have monthly cleanings performed by an outside company (EcoLab) to avoid such situations. This is a city-wide challenge for all hotels as the pests can be unknowingly carried in to a facility by guests. As a traveler, a bug could have been attached to your clothing or luggage prior and therefore not indicative of an in-house problem.

Regardless, we continue to have the facility treated on a bi-weekly basis to avoid such situations. We only wish you would have alerted us personally, witnessed our dedication to eradicating and rectifying the situation, before making such claims in a public forum.
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Good location and clean bathrooms. Really near to everything. Basically there are no ceilings and yes you can hear people snoring. Only had one drink downstairs at the bar as I didn't find the staff friendly. If your looking to party hard and just want crash this will do. remember that they taxes on your bill at the end.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Brilliant location - eateries around here are ...aaaahhh delicious and you get to see real new york life. Stairs are a bit of a pain if you've got heavy luggage - lovely doorman but you gotta haul your own bags up there - and there's no lift (open to correction-I just didn't find one)
Cabins are the cutest things ever - to be honest - prefer this option when traveling - you're not in a new city to sit around in a nice hotel/hostel room - bowery reminds you of that. Place was newly opened when I stayed there Aug 2011 so I can't account for common areas or breakfast but the rooftop is a pleasure in itself. And the cabin I had was beautiful and that was such a pleasant change from grubby hostels or even bad hotels. Bathroom facilities luxurious I would even say. I did hear raunchy night time activities as the walls aren't to ceiling on all cabins by my understanding - but I guess I didn't have my ear plugs that night. No doubt would pick this place again and again. Staff were fantastic - Patti in particular.
Don't forget city tax - Europeans don't have this - so it's always a surprise to me - a lady who budgets every penny - only to later blow on shoes. Just remember that!
Had stayed in a "young funky hostel" in Brooklyn earlier in the trip - a reminder to everyone that the US don't do hostels like Europe so the options aren't so plentiful (for decent places) anyway much better to stay in the thick of the Manhattan - the Brooklyn thing didn't feel as safe and it was a waste of time and energy taking the subway especially on weekends when they upgrade/do maintenance - real pain to have to be delayed when you already have to commute into the city - a waste of precious NY time if you ask me.
Get Bowery if you can - I've tried to book a couple of times since - but needed to book further in advance - popularity speaks people.
P.S go to "the best chocolate cake in the world" - cake shop nearby - sells only one kind of cake - the best....light chocolate meringue thing...swoon...still dreaming about it.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seven Corners, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

It is hard to adequately judge this place. It is a hostel, plain and simple, even though they go a long way to hide that fact. As such, I think it is a little overpriced for dorm accommodations, but being in lower Manhattan probably justifies the price. It is located 2 blocks from a metro station and is relatively obscure, only a small green neon sign.
There are a lot of stairs, so if you're a girl with an unwieldy suitcase, you' re in for some work out. Girls on reception were super friendly, explained the rules, and gave me a key to the dorm room. These communal bedrooms are somewhat loud, not only because people snore or pack & unpack, but also because there are late night partying going on outside on the streets. Good thing the ear plugs were given to everybody. Nevertheless, I felt very comfortable and safe there. I even left my backpack on my bed when I went to town and nobody bothered it and nothing got stolen.
The bathroom facilities are the best I've seen in a hostel for a long time. Look brand new, upscale and modern. Bathroom gets packed by 10:00 am (which is also the time they get cleaned), but the wait is not very long.
You also get 10% discount at the restaurant downstairs "The Bowery Kitchen". I strongly recommend this place for light dinner and tasty varieties of beer. The latter does wonders to put you to sleep in such a place.
I will most likely stay at this place again when I'm in town next time. You just can't beat their prices.

Room Tip: It might be easier if you request a bottom bed in a bank-bed dorm.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

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.

Room Tip: If you are over 5'8" I'd recommend booking either a shared room or twin cabin. They ha...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Took a last minute 2-day swing into the city and found this little place while web surfing on the train ride over. Wasn't an area of the city I was real familiar with, but it was pretty easy to get to and find. 1st floor walk-up, so you must be able-bodied. It's a little pricey compared to other Manhattan hostels with similar amenities, but the location and style are top-notch.
Arrived around 8:30. The girl at the desk was not particularly welcoming, but was professional and efficient. Bored-looking Europeans sat in the lounge area, clearly unaware that New York friggen-city was right outside. I got a basic private room, which is a 30-sq/ft cubicle with a 5'8" bed, an end table, light bulb, and wall hook. A towel and pack of earplugs were placed on the bed. It was clearly a stylized homage to the building (and neighborhood's) history as a collection of flophouses for semi-homeless drifters. I thought it was super-cool. Not for light sleepers, as you can hear just about everything, though the earplugs helped a little. Also, if you're tall, don't get the basic 'cabin' with their short beds. I think the bunks are a standard length. The bed was otherwise comfortable, and the temperature was good. Despite the age of the building, everything seemed well-kept and clean. Shampoo/soap/conditioner provided in dispensers within each rain shower. Water temperature got real cold on me for a minute or two, but I just stepped out of the way and it warmed back up.
Coming and going, as well as check-out, was a breeze. There's a cafe/bar on the ground floor. Good breakfast (10%off and free coffee for guests) with friendly service.
Chinatown to the South, Soho to the West, Greenwich Village and NYU to the Northwest. New Museum for contemporary art right across the street. Bowery Ballroom one block down. Great area to walk around. Close to several subway lines. Would definitely stay here again with the same budget/location needs. Also-never realized there was a nice roof deck- definitely would have checked it out.

Room Tip: 437 is an original cabin right across from the men's bathrooms. Could be good or bad.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 220 Bowery, New York City, NY
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Nolita , Manhattan
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #39 of 95 B&Bs / Inns in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — The Bowery House 2*
Number of rooms: 110
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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