I truly like this hotel, the rooms are great and the location is good because you can explore a lot of neighborhoods that are a little more off-the-beaten tourist path like the Lower East side and Bowery itself. They have bicycles in the summer and the restaurant is great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner... it feels like a French Café for breakfast and lunch then a very authentic Italian trattoria for dinner. And you can eat dinner in the lobby area or the outdoor space if you are a guest. Here is what makes me feel a little uncomfortable when I stay at the Bowery. Because the lobby seating area and outdoor patio are highly coveted places to sit and they're supposed to be only for hotel guests (plus celebrities or other important people who know the maître d and are ushered in right away) it can feel like you have to prove yourself any time you just want a quick drink or a rest after shopping. I like to consider myself well-dressed and pretty presentable but every time I've even tried to look out onto the patio to see if I'd like to sit there (are there a lot of people smoking? etc.) I've been stopped by someone acting like a bouncer saying, excuse me , are you a hotel guest? And it feels uncomfortable, especially since I see a lot of people just walking in and out (but I also see a lot of other "regular" guests being questioned.) I understand the need but there must be some way to make it a less, "Are you someone important?" experience. Perhaps a way to slide your door key or press it against a sensor? Again it's a great hotel but this has become sort of a deal-breaker for me.