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“Cool, yes, restful no”
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The Bowery House
Ranked #22 of 78 New York City B&B and Inns
Singapore, Singapore
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“Cool, yes, restful no”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Other reviews have mentioned how the walls don't go up to the ceiling, so you basically have to deal with noise from all the other rooms on your floor. I felt that people for the most part were trying to be quiet--you feel as though even talking at a normal level is too loud and that people are able to hear everything you say. The mornings are difficult, with all the alarms and people going in and out of their rooms. But another important thing to mention is that you have to carry your bags up at least three flights of stairs, to reach reception. So if you have mobility issues please don't stay here! Also the hallways are very dark even in the daytime. It's a bit eery and unsettling and you just don't feel good coming back to your room.

I stayed in the women's dorm room which at least had nice big windows. There are only three lockers for six beds, so I don't know how it works when all the beds are occupied in terms of leaving your stuff there. I also left my baggage sitting out in the room and just hoped it would be safe there; no mention was made of storage for large bags.

Yes, so! The location is great, the staff is very nice. The restaurant staff were the best, very sweet and welcoming. They made you feel at home and I loved going down for breakfast each morning. The prices there were quite good too. Hope this is helpful.

Room Tip: Dorm room had nice big windows, while the interior singe and double rooms looked very claustrophobic...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Definitely concur with the words of the last 3 reviews.
Small box rooms - clean - comfy albeit small beds and high quality linen, shower products. Only 3 toilets on each floor - one separate and 2 in the shower room. Womens on one floor and men on the upper floor. So although it seemed women were mainly on the first floor (where we were), there were some men (like me!) and had to trek up stairs for the shower/toilet, which was through reception. They did give you a nice towelling robe however, but only one for a double room. Although we didnt ask for a 2nd we may have got one. Staff were friendly.
Great location - we used Prince Street and Spring Street Subways stations. The issue is the noise. Picture a high 14 foot high warehouse floor and they have created rooms with 7ft high walls. Sounds travel.
We spent 3 nights there and progressively nights sleep were better as we got used to things. Generally people knew the score and talked quietly and didnt slam doors so much, but heels on hard floors, loudly clicking locks and hair-driers (even at 5am one night!) were an issue. No radios or anything. The problem was alarm clocks (and texts coming in?) which would go off quite a lot. If you want can sleep in say till 10am, then things definitely got quieter later on.
Simply loads of really great restaurants and shops within 5 mins of the place.
Keys - one key and you hand it in when you went out.
Would not stay again unless ceilings were installed on the rooms!

Room Tip: There is one room in the place with a proper ceiling - but it wasnt available for us to 'upgrade...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2012

The rooms are roofless boxes of a former hostel for the homeless. Now they sell it as "Design". Actually you can't sleep, because you here your neighbours snorring, coughing or screaming ... At six in the morning the first I Phone's are ringing to wake up the early birds next to you. The beds are too short to stretch your leg's, even if you are short like Danny de Vito! Never again ...

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

The good: Inexpensive lodging in Manhattan. Friendly staff, especially if you make an effort to chat with them. Clean shared bathroom and shared shower space. Clean "cabin" (think office cubicle with higher walls, no ceiling, and bed instead of desk). Not right next to a subway stop, but the Spring Street station on the 6 Line isn't that far off, and Spring Street makes for an interesting (in a good sense) walk. Small shower stalls, but plenty of hot water (careful! water tends to flood the shower area making the floor slippery). Lots of restaurant options. Walking distance to Little Italy and China Town. A few homeless folks on the streets, but I never felt unsafe. Free wifi; free coffee/tea, 10% discount on food purchased at attached restaurant.

The bad: OMG - It was noisy noisy noisy! I stayed there on a Sunday and between midnight and 5am I was woken up repeatedly by: a radio being played in cabin next to me, drunk guys yelling for each other across the loft, someone in boots clomping his way to and from the bathroom, sound of a couple making love, a BH working knocking one someone's locked door telling them their airport shuttle is waiting, BH worker talking (loudly) into his radio asking for someone to bring a key for locked door, couple making love again, woman laughing and then crying, slamming doors (hey BH - put some felt or something in the door jambs), two guys who sounded like they were being choked but were in fact just snoring. The little earplugs the Bowery House provides blocked out none of the noise, so I switched to the higher-grade earplugs I always travel with but these were also in adequate.

Oh, and it was never actually dark. The was a string of lights left on all night so people could get to/from the backrooms. They were dimmed, maybe 1/3 the brightness of regular bulbs. But I needed to sleep with a sweater over my head to block out the light. I recommend BH to replace these dimmed overheard lights, which shine down into the cabins, with night lights along the hallway baseboards or floors.

At 5am I gave up trying to sleep, showered, packed, checked out, and found another hotel - more expensive but somewhere I could at least sleep.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Dublin
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

I stayed here with my friend and loved it. Its got a nice atmosphere, clean and staff are friendly. Food downstairs in the bar is great, I recommend the chicken sambo, eggs plate plus the hazelnut dessert. Guests get complimentary coffee and 10% off.
It is central for everything especially handbag shopping as Canal St is only around the corner. The subway takes you anywhere you want in a couple of minutes.
The only issue that you may have is space, the individual/double rooms are tight but we were not in the rooms much.so didnt bother us. Plus the rooftop makes up for it as you get to know the other residents up there or just chill out.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

It was the rooms decorated to look like ships' cabins that caught my eye - something different from than the usual same old-same-old you find in most hotels. In the heart of the Bowery, up two flights of black/white marble stairs and one short flight more. It did indeed look like the inside of a ship - dark wood panelled halls and doors that opened outwards. Bed, some space, a window - that's it. Tiny? Yes. Workable? Yes. Shared bathrooms. By the way, they're not rooms: they're cubicles with trellice-like slats above and the hotel offers ear-plugs with the towels. Great place to stay - they do have larger rooms if you want them. Watch out for the 15% tax on top of the cost - I forgot and the total bill was higher than I expected. One small downside: the lighting. So dark I could barely see where I was going. A little more light would have been good.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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New York
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

The hotel is ok and is well placed for getting about New York and is also near some great eating places. The staff on the desk are very friendly and helpful for most part. The rooms are not great but the Bowery House don't try and hide this in their description. I was surprised at just how thin the walls were though and was disturbed on more than one occasion, by lets just say inappropriate behaviour, by one particular male guest, even though I had my ear plugs in. This is also because the rooms have no ceilings. I had to ask for a change of towel half way through the week and my room wasn't looked at by a cleaner (not that there was much to clean) the whole week I was there. The bathrooms are clean and there is a good supply of shampoo etc if you forget your own. I wouldn't stop there again as the room was far too small and felt claustrophobic but for a budget conscious traveller you pays your money and takes your choice.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Property: The Bowery House
Address: 220 Bowery, New York City, NY
Location: United States > New York > New York City > Nolita , Manhattan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 78 B&Bs / Inns in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Bowery House 2*
Number of rooms: 110
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our property, 220 Bowery, was built in 1927 as a manufacturing building. It operated in this capacity until it was reborn as The Prince Hotel in the 1940’s to serve as temporary lodging for soldiers returning home from World War II. All floors of The Prince Hotel were rebuilt with single room cabins that were just large enough for a bed and storage of essential items. The bathrooms were made communal so that the hotel operators could maximize its occupancy and house as many soldiers as possible. With its prime location and easy access to vices such as gambling, prostitution and saloons - some of the soldiers never left and decided to make the majority of the 200 cabins their long-term homes. It was in these single rooms that many of the Bowery’s most eccentric characters lived for decades adding to the lore and drama of New York’s former skid row. At The Bowery House, we have decided to preserve and restore every detail of the remarkable 1940’s cabin craftsmanship and in turn provide unique, authentic and historic accommodations to travelers from around the world. Part museum and part hotel, we hope you enjoy not only the neighborhood but also the living history that is The Bowery House. ... more   less 
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