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The Bowery House
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

I booked a room with a window that was confirmed 2 days prior arrival for 8 nights. When I arrived, they didnt have any left. They actually told me they only had 3 or 4 and if it was almost impossible to get one... Luckily they had a single cabin with no window for me... but still i wasnt very happy. However this is the only negative point about my stay because it was very clean, staff was fairly friendly and showers and toilets were permanently cleaned by staff. It's noisy yes, but very bearable with earplugs and it has all you need for a cheap stay in NY right next to SOHO in a very very nice neighbourhood... I recommend and I would go back !

Room Tip: The sigle cabin comes out at almost the same price as a youth hostel anywhere else in NYC... but with more privacy !
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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1  Thank AmaurySpe
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

The amount of pleasure you will get from staying here is directly related to how open you are to having new experiences and how much you are willing to pay for similar accomodations nearby in this expensive city.

I stayed for 5 nights in late October in a private "room". Before I continue, allow me to offer the following disclaimer: I was travelling during the shoulder/off-season so I would expect my experiecne to be different had I been travelling at the height of summer.

Despite what other people have stated, I found the staff at check-in to be extremly helpful and friendly. It was my first time in NYC and I had a lot of questions and they were able to help me out quite adequately! The location is excellent, right in the heart of the NoLIta area with access to multiple subway lines (B, D, F, J, M, N, Q, R, 4, 5, and 6 within a 4-5 block radius?). Many local eateries nearby as well if you are feeling peckish. There is no elevator, so you are stuck lugging up your pack etc. up the stairs. (A LOT of buildings in NYC don't have elevators, so I don't know why people are complaining)

I found sleeping quarters and lounge areas to be exceptionally clean and tidy. Cleaning staff were always around cleaning and keeping busy. The washrooms were extremly clean. Shower stalls are quite small with not a lot of room to move around or put your things, so be prepared to shower like you were at the gym (which I, personally, have no problem with). Water pressure is good. If you want hotter water temperature, press the button on the rim of the temperature control down before turning the knob to the left!!!! Also, ladies' facilities are not on the same floor as most of the sleeping areas, so unfortunately, you will have to traverse. Clientele is mostly younger people, but during my stay I saw a variety of business and family travelers as well of all ages (and backgrounds, it seems).

Other contributors are right, however: this place is a hostel, not a budget hotel. So if you go into the experience knowing this, perhaps you can mentally prepare yourself better. Private "rooms" are no bigger than a good-sized closet with only a wood lattice roof open to the larger space, so you can hear what is going on in other rooms. If you are taller than 5'9", your feet are likely to hang off the end of the bed. You likely WILL be able to hear the person a few rooms away snoring loudly, so bring good earplugs or good headphones/earphones and music to drown it all out. The music on my iPhone saved my life! I was able to sleep soundly all five nights I was there. It can be done! Also, be warned that the sleeping areas are kept quite dark and you may or may not have trouble seeing your way through the halls. I personally did not mind this.

Rooftop hangout area is a plus, expecially on warm nights. Free wifi is strong and useable throughout all areas. Bikes are rented out at a comparitvely cheap rate of $30/day.

Staying here, it would be in your best interest to be an undemanding traveler and to only use this place to sleep, and not to lounge or hang out in. If you think of this place as a hostel, you may be able to get over the cramped shower facilities and not having the 100% privacy you expect from an expensive hotel, and the snoring and door slamming, etc. Would I stay here again? Likely. Why? My room cost $65 a night. You really can't get that anywhere else in the city, given the area, proximity to attractions, and the cleanliness and upkeep. Staying here is a NYC experience in and of itself. Be open to new experiences and situations and you will have a great time!

Room Tip: Bring earplugs or headphones/earphones and music to help you sleep at night! Also, rent a bike and discover the city on two wheels -- an adventur you are not likely to forget!
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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7  Thank derek890
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

We stayed at this hostel for 9 nights. It is dark, dismal, noisy, dirty, full of mosquitoes, mice and unhelpful surly staff, and seriously lacking in provisions for privacy.
We booked a room with a double bed - the room was the size of the bed, although we expected that - the top bunks of the dorms next door can easily perve into the 'private' room. The female bathroom was downstairs and through reception so a pajama parade was required for any shower or toilet trips. The showers provide zero privacy and were cold every time. There are 3-4 flights of stairs up to the accomodation, so if you are a girl with chicken arms and lots of luggage, good luck getting to your room.
Coming 'home' after day out in the delights of New York, to a dark dingy crap hole, was extemely depressing.
The only positive was the location, which was perfect for getting the vibe of the funky side of manhattan. The place was also secure from the street with a night doorman (although presumably not from fellow guests nor staff).
By all means stay at the Bowery House - its the cheapest place you'll find in Manhattan - but only stay one night, or two at the most.

Room Tip: There is no benefit to selecting a room with a double bed - you and your partner may as well save $20 and sleep in separate bunks - you will be equally uncomfortable either way.
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Anna M
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Its a historic boutique hotel. Doesn't have all of the modern luxuries, but the ones it does have (bath products, robes, sheets, pillows, mattresses, WiFi, roof) are phenomenal. I came for 3 days and stayed in an original cabin. A great value and the location was perfect with beautiful decor to boot. Would recommend this to anyone on a budget. Just know that for $62 a night you're not going to have the Plaza Hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank kathleen K
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

If you are in your late teens, early twenties and don't want / require much / any sleep i would recommend this place. Also if you want absolutely no privacy and like hearing the guy at the opposite end of the corridor breathe while you are sitting in your 'private' room - then this is the place for you.

This is not a hotel in any shape or form. It is a hostel. I should have realised for the price in Manhattan. I stayed in the 'Prince Room' (which is the biggest stretch of the word 'Prince' i've ever come across) which is billed as the best room in the 'hotel'. The door was made of a material as robust as balsa wood (hence i could hear the drop of a pin anywhere outside of my room).

At a glance, just some of the problems encountered before checking out early;

Arrived late on a Saturday night, jet-lagged. Check-in girl was polite but completely uninformative - "Your rooms at the top of the stairs.."

Discovered via word of mouth that there was a part on that night in the 'hotel'. Party ran all night, i believe until around / after 4am. Very loud. People attending the party (many of which didn't appear to be staying at the 'hotel' were directed to the toilet down the hall from and passed our 'private' room - you can imagine how distruptive and noisy this was with drunk kids going up and down and stopping to have loud banal chit-chat all night.

2nd night - false fire alarm in the middle of the night. Girlfriend stuck her head out the door of our 'private' room to investigate to be confronted by a very loud and somewhat abusive member of staff shouting "who the f**k pulled the fire alarm - did you do this?? Did you see anyone??"... no you stupid boy, we were sleeping until we heard the alarm followed by you stomping around like a teenager.

TV stopped working a few times and was fixed while we were out - this i can live with.

Part of the wall was crumbling for the duration. Where a giant old radiator hung from the wall at high-level above the bed. We reported the problem to staff who would investigate while we were out. When we got back, "I think someone had a look but i don't have a clue what the outcome was..." - great, very helpful.

Hot water in the female showers stopped working 1 day, great if you like a freezing cold shower in an open communal shower room with hard / cold finishes throughout.

To get to and from the communal shower rooms for females from our 'prince' room you have to pass through the public reception / lounge area. Not very well considered.

Shower rail fell down while i was in the mens showers with a female cleaner standing in-front of my cubicle. Noticed that they aren't properly fixed to the wall.

Terrible lighting throughout - appears to be on purpose, but this is just poor ill considered design and NOT mood-lighting.

Obnoxious very loud guests (not all - but they make up for the quiet ones by being extra loud) - who seemed to all be European. I am European and i was embarrassed by the behaviour of some throughout the duration.
I had to ask some to keep the noise down as it was almost 1am during the week to which i was told "i am here for a month, this is like my home.." to which i asked, "So, staying here for a month gives you the right to be as loud as you like at any time of day or night?" which is precisely what he thought. I informed the staff and they were good enough to stop by to have a word, but it didn't seem to have any effect.

Checked out the next day and into a far superior (actual) hotel just 2 blocks over.

All the girls on the reception were pleasant and tried to be helpful but i got the impression everyone who worked there was fairly inexperienced in the hospitality industry.

It should be billed as a noisy hostel for Euro-kids, NOT as a boutique hotel.

For these reasons i would never recommend this place to anyone.

Poor show guys.

Room Tip: I don't think there are any good rooms... we stayed in the top-billed room and it was poor at best.
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Gavin J
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