We stayed here for a long weekend (three nights) two weeks ago in a "Bowery Suite." Although I've never stayed at this hotel before, I went there when it was brand new and I was staying in Midtown and a friend was staying at The Bowery. I remember hanging out the beautiful lobby, and I checked out my friend's room, which although lovely, was tiny.
So when we decided to stay here, I went with a suite. Usually a suite at hotel means a separate bedroom and living room. Our suite was one big room, with a small table and two chairs in front of the huge window, another seating area with armchairs and a sofa, and finally the bed, with a very cute Teddy Bear on it. The room was very spacious and had the feel of a renovated industrial loft.
The weather was pretty warm while we were there, so we had the windows open most of the time, and the street noise was pretty intense (and I say this as someone who lives in a very noisy neighborhood in SF). But NYC noise takes it to a whole different level. What is it with NYers and their car horns? Anyway, I bring all this up just to point out that once you close the windows, the noise pretty much disappears. The window also has black-out shades, and since the bed was awesomely comfortable this all made for a good night's sleep.
We ordered room service several times, and the service was always prompt and professional, and the food was very good. Every hotel employee we encountered was friendly and helpful. When we called for things like a bucket of ice, help with the TV (the sound wasn't working and the cable box needed to be reset) we were always told, "We'll send someone up right away!" And they did!
Staying in this neighborhood turned out to be a good choice for us, and we were within walking distance to several places where we had plans. It's ridiculously easy to get a cab anywhere near the hotel when you need one. The doormen seem to take their titles very literally, and were constantly standing at the front doors opening them, but they didn't ever seem to be out on the sidewalk when we needed a cab, but like I said it was no problem getting one. I think our longest wait was about 30 seconds.
All-in-all this was a great stay and a beautiful hotel, and we got great service. I'd definitely stay there again, and would probably try to get a suite with a patio if it was warm weather. We had a lot of plans in our short time there, so didn't have any time to hang around the common areas of the hotel to enjoy them, but just passing through on our way to our room, I couldn't help notice that all the guests/visitors look like movie stars, so good people watching!
And last but not least, I miss the huge bathtub. After walking around the city all day, it was a great way to unwind.