This is a well-run, very clean, very comfortable hotel. However, it's not for everyone. It is in the middle of the bustling Chinatown area which, coupled with the extensive construction on Grand St., can make for extremely crowded sidewalks. But once you pass over Elizabeth Street to the westor Bowery to the east, it all opens up again.
We had a King suite which is amazing. Huge is an understatement. Two TVs, a large sitting area which is really another room, good size bathroom with shower and tub. The king rooms do face Grand so it can be noisy on the lower floors. We were on the 9th and it was fine. The bed is one of the most comfortable hotel beds I've ever slept in - good pillows, nice sheets and bedding, towels in the washroom are soft and plentiful.
The staff is excellent and very helpful.
The only downside I can think of is the breakfast but, hey, you're getting breakfast! The eggs and sausage are mediocre at best. The baked goods are OK but after sitting out for a few hours they could be fresher.
My suggestions for improvement....have the waffles premade in a chafing dish. It takes 3 minutes to prepare one waffle so if there are 4 people ahead of you (which is common during busy times) you are looking at standing there for 12-15 min for a waffle. Second...get a quality Nespresso coffee machine. They used to have a machine that did a fairly good cappucino and hot chocolate. The machine they have now serves very mediocre coffee and nothing else.
All in all, we loved our 3rd stay and would not hesitate to return again and recommend this place to our friends.
- 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