This place is worst than a hostel as there is no privacy whatsoever. The small cabins are covered by a lattice ceiling. So even with sleeping pills, you can barely sleep.
The owner prides himself with the fact that lots of care went into recreating the original cabins and they have such an extraordinary garden roof. But to me, this is just cosmetics to cover the fact, that this is just an hostel, and that you cannot sleep in it. I upgraded to the Prince room, aka, the only private room in the house. All in all, I thought the whole thing was a gimmick. Overpriced.
On the plus side, this is well located, the staff is friendly and helpful and the roof garden is indeed nice.
- 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