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“Nostalgic Comfort” 5 of 5 stars
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The Bowery Hotel
335 Bowery, New York City, NY 10003 (East Village)   |  
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Ranked #58 of 458 Hotels in New York City
Cambridge, MA
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
“Nostalgic Comfort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2008

Want a hotel that will remind you of your first apartment in NYC? Everything in the rooms -- from the white paint on the walls to the furniture that could have come from your grandmother's house -- will remind you of the days of your youth.

But now that you're a grown up, you can avoid the discomforts that came with that first apartment. Yes, the rooms are still small, but you'll have:
1. Privacy and quiet (we never heard anyone else, or much street noise, for that matter),
2. Excellent plumbing (bathroom was tiny, but with a marvelous glassed-in shower),
3. Terrific advice from the front desk on restaurants (we ended up at Mercat, which we loved),
4. A beautiful and comfortable lounge downstairs when you're in the mood for a drink and
5. Room service (delicious and promptly delivered).

What could be better? The decor in the restaurant was odd: trying to be retro, but ending up looking Disney-esque. This didn't take away from the great food, though.

I'll be back.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2008

Located on the noisy Bowery avenue, it is a beautiful building, very well appointed, with a small cosy reception desk and bar. The staff is extremely helpful, nice and unpretentious. The service is perfect and we fell like being home. The corner rooms offer beautiful views and light. The two rooms we had were very well appointed, nice small bathrooms (but no bath). Excellent wifi connection (free!) and comfortable beds. The only drawback is the noise. Bowery is extremely noisy and it is not easy to sleep unless you are totally deaf.
The breakfast is excellent and different. Service is friendly.
There is a nice garden behind,
We have tried over 20 hotels in NY and it is our best experience so far.

  • Liked — The staff and the atmosphere
  • Disliked — the street noise
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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New York, NY
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2008

My husband and I had the most amazing wedding day on March 28, 2008 only to have it end in a nightmare because of the night manager at the Bowery Hotel. Our friends were thoughtful enough to get us a room as a wedding gift - they had even had flowers sent there for us. The room was booked under one of their credit cards with my husband's name on the reservation. They had spoken to the front desk more than once that day to confirm it was all set up and to let the hotel know we would be checking in late since our reception would end late that evening.

We finally arrived at the hotel some time around 1am...and they refused to give us the room unless we gave them our credit card TO BE CHARGED. Not for incidentals (which is what I initially assumed they wanted it for) - they said they were only holding the room under our friend's c/c - but we had to pay for it ourselves. For our wedding gift! On our wedding night! We were obviously not going to pay for a hotel room that was a gift - so after much back and forth with the night manager we told him that it was fine - to just cancel the room and we would just go to our apt. We live in Manhattan and this was not worth the trouble!

We thought that would settle it and we could put our exhausted selves in a cab and go home, but the night manager's response was since we were within the 24 hour cancellation period, we couldn't cancel - so if we left he would charge our friend's card for the room! He said he couldn't charge her for the room if we stayed, but he could charge her for the room if we left. What a nightmare!!!!

We continued to go back and forth with the manager for far too long. At one point he had the nerve to say we could leave and he would try to resell the room - if he could, our friend wouldn't get charged. Resell a $500 room at 2am?!?!!! He must have thought we were idiots.

I had been up getting dressed for my wedding day at 5:30 that morning. I was exhausted, unhappy and just wanted to go home. I said to my husband - I can't believe this is happening right now - I'm going to have to write a bad review of this hotel. At that very moment the manager jumped in and said - You know what, I know it's your wedding night - I can go ahead and cancel the reservation - sorry for the miscommunication. Just like that. Like he could've done 30 mins earlier.

At that point we were just relieved to be able to go home. Our friend called the hotel the next morning and let them know what an important night they ruined. The day manager looked up the reservation and what had the night manager written?? Cancellation due to weather.

On top of that, although apologizing profusely for all the trouble, the only solution the hotel could come up with at that point was to offer us a bigger room AT THE SAME RATE. Not even a discounted rate, the same rate. We let them know none of us would be spending our money there.

We will never stay at the Bowery Hotel because of this experience with their night manager. And none of our friends will stay or recommend it to anyone either. We are not saying the quality of the hotel is bad - we will just never know.

Stayed March 2008
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2008

We just stayed at the Bowery hotel for five nights,we had the best time ever.The staff is incredible;they are all super sweet,young and good looking..really!
we booked a king size bed with bathtub,the room was brilliant.it is small but very well designed,and because of the floor to ceiling windows,we didn't feel claustrophobic.
the bath tub over looking the city was the best place to end the day.
the restaurant "Gemma "is fantastic,,and if you don't want to deal with the crowds,they'll serve you in your room,very romantic!
the bar is also great,they have a good mix of people but you don't get the eurotrash and the "bar hopers/losers"...just a nice crowd.
Even my wife who's" five stars luxe primadonna "loved it!don't look any further in the big apple,this is the place if you want to be downtown.
If you have the budget,get their junior suite on the 14th floor,or the suites with patio,you'll feel like a rockstar!!

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2008

We stayed at The Bowery for 4 nights in March 2008 to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, and both agreed it was the best hotel we've ever stayed in.
If you are tired of lookalikey chains with chinzy decor, I highly recommend the Bowery. The hardwood floors / antique rugs look is beautiful and the staff seem motivated and efficient. In the room everything is solid and thunky.
We asked for a high floor with soaking tub and ended up on the 12th floor although no tubs were available (the shower was fantastic though). Our view was unobscured over East Village / LES, although if possible ask for a room overlooking midtown as I imagine that would be breathtaking.
We ate at Gemma one night which is busy and buzzy.
The only word of caution I would offer is whether this area is right for you. It's not an area of office buildings and tourist attractions, but rather a mix of bars, restaurants, graffiti, gritty urban types, tourists, hipsters, low rise buildings in various states of repair etc. There is also a slightly dodgy looking place right next door called 'Kenton Hall' , which I've since read is a recovery centre for Heroin Addicts.
Gentrification is clearly in full swing but if you think you might feel uncomfortable stay uptown.
Having said that, in common with almost all the other posters, we never felt unsafe or threatened, and would definitely come back to this location. It's only a short walk to Greenwich Village, Soho, LES bars too.

  • Liked — quality and style of room, view, location
  • Disliked — it aint cheap
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2008

I really enjoyed my stay here -- spent a night in town to pretend that I didn't have children, and this was a great place to do it. The room wasn't at all large, but had great floor to ceiling windows, a nice high ceiling, and was well laid out. It really felt bigger than it was.

The staff was good, the bar was nice -- it was a bit crowded to get through the lobby in the evening, but all and all it was just great.

It's hard to find a nice hotel out of midtown, so I was thrilled to find the Bowery. It is close enough to the east village and Soho to feel like a part of two vibrant neighborhoods, and I really recommend it.

  • Liked — The Location
  • Disliked — Rooms are a bit small.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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British Columbia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2008

I was treated to a wonderful long weekend break at the Bowery Hotel. Not really having any expectations it felt like a wonderful adventure from the moment I arrived. This hotel is just oozing with character and happy staff who try their best to make your experience memorable. Our room ,although not overly large, was comfortable, luxurious and filled with first class amenities. Of real value, I was able to borrow a lap top computer from the front desk and enjoyed the free wifi. I would recommend this hotel to other travelers in New York.

  • Liked — the charm and character, scale
  • Disliked — street noise, but hey its New York
  • Stayed December 2007
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about The Bowery Hotel

Address: 335 Bowery, New York City, NY 10003
Location: United States > New York > New York City > East Village , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#32 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#138 Business Hotel in New York City
#218 Family Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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