The Bowery Hotel
What We Love
- The enthusiastic Italian menu at Gemma, the hotel's restaurant
- Settling into the darkly atmospheric lobby, with its wooden ceilings and leather club chairs, to read an actual paper newspaper
- Room 705, where you can step from the bathtub directly out onto the terrace
- The chandeliers in all the public areas, adding a touch of retro elegance
What To Know
- The hotel will lend you a complimentary bike
- Small pets can stay for free
- Free WiFi
Formerly a dodgy part of the city, the Bowery has cleaned up nicely and this faux-warehouse building is home to some of the most stylish rooms in town. For all the dimly lit sophistication of the lobby (the bar in particular is a local haunt), the rooms have lots of natural light coming through big windows and while they’re not enormous, they feel spick and span thanks to polished wooden floors and oversized mirrors. Views of the East Village and, from some rooms, the Empire State Building, are worth asking for a room on an upper floor. Gemma, the Italian restaurant, does excellent, full-bodied meals from breakfast to dinner, including hearty pizzas with spicy soppressatta. Save room for the dessert calzone, though, which comes stuffed with ricotta and Nutella.
In the Area
No need to go far for cool Lower East Side bars, restaurants and buzzy nightlife—the Bowery has a prime spot near fantastic food and drink options. Stroll 12 minutes north to David Chang’s Momofuku Noodle Bar for pork belly ramen or—why not?—a caviar and fried chicken dinner. The much-beloved Prune is just a few blocks from the hotel; try to get in here for weekend brunch if you can and don’t forget a Bloody Mary (they’re famous for their variations). If you want to get in on the Italian bitters trend, saunter over to Amor y Amargo, a cozy bar with super-creative cocktails flavored with toffee and clove, stone fruit and black pepper, and chili and cocoa. Art lovers should make time for a few hours at the nearby New Museum, an excellent contemporary art museum with a scintillating series of exhibitions.
How to Get There
This is the first time we’ve stayed at the Bowery Hotel. Typically we stay a couple block away at the Standard, but I have to say I was blown away by our lovely room and the excellent service throughout our visit. We got a corner room, and the view was beautiful. From the moment we set foot in the hotel, every employee we encountered was great; they were all positive, friendly, and helpful, which is an amazing feat nowadays.
The only less than stellar experience was Gemma’s, the restaurant. We ate there once and it was not good. However, for a drink and to people watch on the street, it’s great.
I absolutely recommend the Bowery Hotel and know we will back.
A very charming hotel in a very rivitalized area of nyc ! All details are so sofisticated !
The lobby is a real beauty !
the people at the front desk and at the bar extremely kind and careful.
they gave me an upgrading of the room and it was very much appreciated !
Just returned from my 2nd stay at the Bowery Hotel and it will not be my last. From the front desk to the room service to check out you are treated like royalty. There’s way too much to say and not enough room but I this is the best of the best in NYC.