Brilliant location - eateries around here are ...aaaahhh delicious and you get to see real new york life. Stairs are a bit of a pain if you've got heavy luggage - lovely doorman but you gotta haul your own bags up there - and there's no lift (open to correction-I just didn't find one)
Cabins are the cutest things ever - to be honest - prefer this option when traveling - you're not in a new city to sit around in a nice hotel/hostel room - bowery reminds you of that. Place was newly opened when I stayed there Aug 2011 so I can't account for common areas or breakfast but the rooftop is a pleasure in itself. And the cabin I had was beautiful and that was such a pleasant change from grubby hostels or even bad hotels. Bathroom facilities luxurious I would even say. I did hear raunchy night time activities as the walls aren't to ceiling on all cabins by my understanding - but I guess I didn't have my ear plugs that night. No doubt would pick this place again and again. Staff were fantastic - Patti in particular.
Don't forget city tax - Europeans don't have this - so it's always a surprise to me - a lady who budgets every penny - only to later blow on shoes. Just remember that!
Had stayed in a "young funky hostel" in Brooklyn earlier in the trip - a reminder to everyone that the US don't do hostels like Europe so the options aren't so plentiful (for decent places) anyway much better to stay in the thick of the Manhattan - the Brooklyn thing didn't feel as safe and it was a waste of time and energy taking the subway especially on weekends when they upgrade/do maintenance - real pain to have to be delayed when you already have to commute into the city - a waste of precious NY time if you ask me.
Get Bowery if you can - I've tried to book a couple of times since - but needed to book further in advance - popularity speaks people.
P.S go to "the best chocolate cake in the world" - cake shop nearby - sells only one kind of cake - the best....light chocolate meringue thing...swoon...still dreaming about it.
- 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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- The Bowery House Hotel New York City