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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Bowery House Hotel New York City