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The Bowery Hotel
335 Bowery, New York City, NY 10003 (East Village)   |  
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Ranked #66 of 452 hotels in New York City
State College, Pennsylvania
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“The best hotel of New York City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2011

We stayed at The Bowery Hotel for two nights in February and what an amazing stay it was. We had a high floor, corner room meaning windows everywhere with amazing views. The staff is more than friendly and very helpful, the room was actually decent size for NYC. The lobby is the place to be at the hotel. Everyone hangs out in the lobby and it is more than beautiful, comfortable, and downright relaxing. Drank many glasses of champagne while discussing the day in that lobby. The restaurant, Gemma, is great as well. Dinner, lunch, and breakfast were incredible. I can't say enough good things about this hotel. I will definately be back.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2011

I have been a regular guest at The Bowery since 2008 and can happily say that it is consistently excellent and has remained throughout this time the best place to stay in the lower east-side. The design of the hotel is unique and exudes 1920s style. The rooms are very, very comfortable, well decorated and furnished, and also large for the rates that the hotel charges. The restaurant (Gemma) is also very good, particularly for brunch. Ignore the previous writers who have criticised the hotel regarding its policy on access to the lobby lounge. Once you stay at the hotel you will understand why a strict policy is required for non-hotel guests wandering in--the place would be overrun without it. And for the record, the staff are really nice too.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2011

We love the Bowery Hotel. Above, I wrote "September, 2010" as my date of stay, but I'm not positive that's when I last stayed there. We've slept at the Bowery Hotel about a dozen nights a year for the past several years.

The rooms are beautiful in a stylish, tasteful, timeless way. The sheets are great, the assortment of tiny cookies they leave every night are delicious, the rooms are quiet. Some of the bathrooms have really awesome tubs with views of Lower Manhattan, but they all have wonderful showers and great lighting.

The service here is exactly what we expect from fancy hotels. Every member of the staff has been unfailingly friendly and helpful. Laundry is returned quickly, maid service is incredibly efficient yet invisible, room service is prompt, etc., etc.

We also adore the lounge area. It's true that the cocktails expensive. Of course they are! It's a very popular meeting spot in a 5 star hotel in New York City. Is it actually 5 star? I never pay attention to star numbers. It's certainly a very expensive New York City Hotel, so expect the cost of your cocktails to be representative.

Most weeknights and very late at night, the lounge/bar is elegant, yet super comfortable and relaxing, and the drinks are very good (I once received a disappointing Pimm's Cup, complained, and got an improved one immediately). At other times, the lounge can be crowded and a little crazy.

By the way, we're regular urban Adults who are not terrifically hip and stylish. I mention this because I noticed a few reviewers thought they were being discriminated against for being older or uncool or whatever.

Oh, and for the best coffee in Manhattan, go across the street!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2011

This was a great hotel with lovely rooms and very good service!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2011

I've never written a review of any of my many stays at The Bowery Hotel...I think perhaps it was because I didn't want to be responsible for any more visitors...I wanted it all to myself! It is, without question, my favorite hotel in the world. But instead of another glowing review, I write only to respond to those NON-GUESTS who have besmirched the Bowery's good name because they were turned away from the bar or the lobby even though there were seats available. If you are considering staying here, then you should REJOICE about this policy. The hotel lobby and bar are gorgeous--every detail is perfect. I think this is the only hotel lobby that I have ever wanted to actually spend time in, as opposed to rushing out to go eat and drink somewhere else. The first thing I always do after checking in, is to head down to the lobby or the terrace and wind down from my travel. And, every visit, I am overwhelmingly grateful to the hotel for doing their best to ensure that there is always room for me to sit down and enjoy the public areas instead of losing my seat to the hordes of people who would want to hang out there or who want to stalk the celebrity who is just trying to enjoy a quiet pot of tea by the fire. I don't care if the policy seems elitist or snobby. It's merely a policy meant to ensure an inviting atmosphere for those of us who have discovered the best hotel in the world and actually want to enjoy our stay there. THANK YOU, Bowery Hotel, for not turning your gorgeous hotel lobby into just the latest "hot spot" and ruining it for those of us who cherish what you've done with the place.

Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2010

I loved this hotel and the location was perfect. The rooms are very clean and the staff is super friendly. I'll definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2010

The scene; A cold December night. The sparsely populated lobby of the Bowery Hotel.
The people; A group of well dressed, well behaved 50 somethings in search of a drink in the opulent, beautiful setting.
The way it went down: Upon arrival, the first 3 of the out of towners are approached by an unsmiling manager who asks if they are guests of the hotel. Upon hearing an answer in the negative, he promptly informs them of the hotel policy not to serve anyone who is not a guest. Eventually offers a table. As 5 more arrive, the manager flies over to them and insists they all move over to a frigid, empty terrace. Once there, they are allowed to sit
in the outermost part which is unlit. Requests to move closer to heat and light in the empty terrace are denied. The policy is again invoked. Feeling unwelcome and offended, the visitors quickly imbibe the $17 dollar drinks and head out. While putting on coats in the lobby, the manager stands by them ensuring that a nearby palm is unharmed.
Postscript: Eight prosperous, potential guests? The Bowery Hotel doesnt need them. Just ask the manager.

Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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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:
#60 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#66 Business Hotel in New York City
#212 Family Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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