The Bowery Hotel in New York was indeed an experience like no other! After completing a thirty day trip around both the east and west coast of America, We struggled to find availability of hostel/hotel rooms for our return to New York for our final four days. After three hours of searching, I discovered this hotel with only one room left so with haste, we booked the hotel without reading any reviews.
Without telling my travel partner about the reviews that I read after booking the accommodation, I panicked the whole journey back to New York.
The hotel does have good points. The location is perfect, located within a short walking distance to many attractions such as Chinatown/Little Italy district, Brooklyn Bridge, Ground Zero, Battery Park as well as close to a large shopping district. The Subway is a short walking distance away from the hotel and there are many affordable restaurants/grocery shops located close to accommodate everyone’s budget. Washington Square park, located beside New York Uni, is very close to the hotel and is a lovely area to sit and relax whilst listening to some amazing buskers. Baggage storage is free within this location which is very handy.
However, there are also many negatives about this establishment. Arriving early (10 am) after numerous days stuck on a bus from Las Vegas, we just wanted to check in and relax. Fair enough the check in time is three o’clock and they stuck to that rule. At Three O’clock; we checked in really tired to discover the small box we would be spending the next four nights in. This is explained on the website so we expected worse. The room was two beds on each wall with a small gap between the two beds. Storage room for cases was located under the beds which was good as there was literally no space to do anything with the suitcases standing up. Extra care could have been taking whilst cleaning the room as the storage board beside the bed was a little dirty as well as dust lying about the corners of the room. However the rooms were relatively clean.
The showers were ok. I found them really cold and didn’t enjoy standing on the floor outside the showers as the mats were soaking and a little dirty. I recommend taking flip flops for this part. Watch out as some of the shower doors don’t lock properly as I found when a blonde guest burst in whilst I was drying myself after a shower.
The toilets were kept really clean however the walls required a good clean as there was quite a few marks and dust on them. Again, just watch the toilet doors as one of them had a massive gap when you closed it, which I didn’t realise until watching people walked past and it was too late.
With the rooms being open, you hear everything around you! This would be fine is people respected the fact that people want to sleep, however there are some inconsiderate people who don’t really care about this. The first night was fine up until 7 AM when guests checking out that day banged and shouted all morning, taking no notice to the rest of the rooms telling them to shut up. The second night was a complete nightmare. I don’t understand why people would check into rooms so small/basic and want to stay inside them to talk loudly and laugh all night. From 11pm to 2 am, three groups ran up and down the corridors and shouted so loud it was impossible to sleep. After complaining to reception, the group went quiet until the women left and piped up again till 4 am. BY the third night, the hotel was quiet until 4 am when a lovely Australian guest thought it would be funny to shout “wake up everyone, I’m making a loud noise”. She might call herself cool for that one, I thought she was a bit inconsiderate to be honest. After a rude comment from myself back, she shut up. After four nights of disturbed sleep, it was time to check out and leave this place behind.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Whitehouse Hotel of NY is one of the most affordable hostels in New York, offering single and double air-conditioned units with the privacy and security you're looking for. Located in New York City's No-Ho district, our New York hostel is the perfect choice for backpackers, students and travelers on a budget. ... more less
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