Our suite in the Best Western Bowery Hanbee was a pleasant surprise. Spacious living area with microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker, along with roomy king bedroom with comfy bed and lots of pillows. There was a wide desk and enough electrical outlets for your gadgets. We had plenty of drawer and closet space and room to stretch out, all of which made our 4 day stay exceptionally comfortable and relaxing. The only crunch was the bathroom, which while a good size, had a pedestal sink and only a glass shelf above it for toiletries. We ended up using the windowsill over the tub for some of our necessities, but when showering, you will get whatever is stored there wet. There is no apparent heat duct in the bathroom, but the floor is heated--note the dial on the wall near the light switch. There is free internet access, which is also a nice plus. We have noted that the most expensive hotels seem to feel justified charging as much as $20+ a day for this, while the major moderately priced chains are wisely offering it at no cost.
Breakfast is included in the room rate. The offerings should satisfy most guests, considering the cost of breakfast in New York. There were bagels, toast, sweet rolls, English muffins, a waffle maker and batter, some egg dish which could best be described as a scrambled egg "pancake", breakfast meat, oatmeal, and assorted dry cereals. There is a small dining area, and a nice outdoor patio for good weather. Should you choose to venture out for breakfast, try the Bowery Diner a few blocks north on Bowery Street.
The location is most interesting and convenient--in the heart of Chinatown and close to Little Italy. The open stalls surrounding the hotel offer everything you can imagine for Chinese cuisine, including many kinds of whole, fresh fish. It made for continuously fascinating strolling to and from several nearby subway lines and the nearby neighborhoods and attractions. the 9-11 Memorial is within a couple of miles, and Soho and Tribeca are also close by. The staff is courteous and extremely helpful with directions, restaurant suggestions, and attending to requests. They also arranged a car service for us to the airport, and waived the posted luggage storage fee because we had booked this with them.
The only problematic aspect of this visit was the street construction below us, and this is certainly not the fault of the hotel. There is a long-term underground project underway, and they work work well into the night. The greatest noise seemed to come in through the bathroom windows, where there are no drapes. The sound seemed more muffled in the bedroom, where there are heavy drapes, so we always closed the door to the bathroom upon retiring. I don't think our sleep was really disturbed much, since we come from a big city, but the possibility certainly exists for those not used to urban sounds.
All in all, this hotel is a real "find." We would definitely return here for another visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel is located in the heart of Chinatown. It is a modern seven story non-smoking hotel with 102 guest rooms. Many of the guest rooms overlook the streets of Chinatown. The property serves a complimentary continental breakfast daily. For the guests convenience all rooms have hairdryers, iron and ironing board, coffeemakers, clock radios, telephones with voice mail and in-room safes. The hotel offers free wireless and hardwired high speed Internet ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western New York City
- New York City Best Western