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What We Love

  • Scandinavian 1970s leather armchairs in the lobby
  • An inventive house cocktail menu that features frozen slushies
  • Floor-to-ceiling French doors in each of the 200 bedrooms
  • Rain-head showers in all guest bathrooms

What To Know

  • The hotel’s self-check-in process encourages guests to log onto a website in advance of their stay for special requests
  • Instead of a wardrobe in your guest room, there are pull-down hangers and hooks
  • Rooms include nine bunk types, which can comfortably sleep up to four guests each
  • Though there’s no gym onsite, the hotel offers all guests a month’s free subscription to the Headspace meditation app

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet Friendly
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

No-frills boutique sleep with some of NYC’s most budget-conscious digs and panoramic city vistas

The Lowdown

The Ace Hotel group, known for redefining emerging neighborhoods, chose the Bowery, once one of NYC’s scruffiest pockets, for its latest act. Unlike its sceney counterpart in Midtown, however, this minimalist property, housed in a former Salvation Army building, offers a more stripped-down stay. Interiors are serene, taking design cues from Japanese bento boxes and Finnish saunas, and the vibe is decidedly fuss-free: there’s no turndown or room service, forcing guests to convene at the single all-day restaurant (think Mediterranean and Californian flavors) and chilled-out terrace bar (just don’t expect a hopping happy hour). Rooms are comfortable but compact, with wooden accents, but also eschew standard features like wardrobes, slippers, or robes; rest assured, the linens and lighting are both top-notch, as are the bathrooms, featuring copper fittings and amenities by Public Goods. Score a little more space when you book a Terrace Room, complete with downtown Manhattan views.

In the Area

Revitalization has transformed the Bowery, once one of Manhattan’s grittiest pockets, into a highly walkable district in an already pedestrian-friendly city. From edgy photo galleries to one of the city’s last surviving independent cinemas, where visitors can pair a matinee with a meal, the surroundings are bustling. Plus, the plentiful happy hour options here more than make up for Sister City’s hushed interiors: hotel guests have exclusive garden access to neighboring Freemans, a hip but hidden tavern that channels colonial America, and nearby rustic-chic oyster bar Sel Rrose.

How to Get There

Sister City
225 Bowery
New York, NY 10002 United States