The thoughtful decor of the Bowery Hotel evokes an elegant bygone era. Mosaic tile floors, Faux antique carpets and fixtures, gilt and velour abound throughout the hotel.
This is a great hotel for "artsy" folk who enjoy people watching, and basking in carefully contrived elegance.
The beds are very comfortable, the service is very good, the decor is very unique and celebrity sightings at the hotel are common.
However, the hotel lack amenities that some travelers might really miss. For instance, the ability to control the temperature of your room, take a bath in a bathtub, or a watch a decent sized TV, instead of a tiny flat screen dumped on the corner of a writing desk.
Also, keep in mind that the hotel is right across the street from a fire station, and isn't in a "no honk zone", so it can get pretty noisy at night.
However, if you're looking for a very hip hotel that does its best to live up to the hype, the Bowery Hotel is a great place to be.