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
Well, what can I say, I loved everything about this hotel. It hits all the right notes in an impressive way, and brings back the type of high-level customer service that has been lost among the majority of NYC hotels.
I stayed here between August 2 and August 5, 2019. We stayed in one of the Studio Suites, which is listed as their smallest suite but is a very large L-shaped room, with a sitting area -- couch, chair, and television -- separate from the bed area, AND an area with a long counter/table type of thing with two stools in front (perfect for spreading out electronics, makeup, purses, etc. etc.), an armoire for clothes, and another bistro table for two to eat at. Impressive.
The difference is seen right as you enter the hotel; there are always nattily-dressed doormen and bellman aplenty, holding the door, helping with bags, and wishing you a good day. The front desk / check-in counter always had multiple staff (what a concept!) behind it, who were warm, pleasant, and professional. Awesome.
The lobby bar area is large and fancy, but welcoming, spread across a couple of rooms / levels. The lounge decor and atmosphere is beautiful, dark, plush, and discreet, full of thick leather couches and chairs, and heavy wood tables as if from an ancient castle. If you're going to see a celebrity in NYC, this is likely one of the spots (and we did see them here, several times). Lounge cocktails and food (from the attached Italian restaurant) were top-notch. Servers were charming and fun. The dark, discreet aspect extends throughout the hotel, as some of the hallways are a tad on the dark side.
The rooms are beautiful, with an old-style turn-of-the-century glamour that is not fussy and precious, but that makes you feel cool and sophisticated at the same time: red velvet, tassels, lush drapery, black accents. But it's the show-stopping floor-to-ceiling factory-style windows, framing the entire guest room and keeping the room as light as needed, that are really something to behold. The bathroom in our unit was beautifully fitted-out in white marble, with old brass or copper accents in use throughout, for towel bars and the like. For New York, as others have commented, the water pressure was incredible, for a great shower experience from an overhead, ceiling-mounted rainfall shower. Two plush robes were included in the bathroom; I can't recall the soap and cream brands, but they were nice.
The armoire in the room's entry area contained a very full set of snacks, drinks, water, and booze, with a bar fridge containing even more. This was impressive, as so many skimp out on this. Also included was a ironing board and iron, and some other stuff I can't recall. There was a coffee pot that we didn't use.
The bed was very, very comfortable. The night was quiet and peaceful. Our room had a view of the Chrysler Building in the far distance. Wifi was free throughout the hotel. Plenty of great bars within less than a block of the hotel.
Finally, for some reason each day, we were surprised with complimentary bottles of wine. I have no idea why this was done, but wow, what a treat. Thank you to management for this.
Overall, thumbs way up. Bravo, Bowery Hotel.
We've wanted to stay at The Bowery for a long time, ever since we visited the hotel for a drink some years ago... and, on our most recent trip to NYC, we took the plunge and booked a King room for our New York visit.
We had an amazing stay at The Bowery. We had some excellent cocktails in the lobby and, although we didn't on this occasion, we have dined in Gemma (the hotel's restaurant) before, which I would really recommend.
Our room was well-appointed, and light, and we had terrific views from two full-length windows. We had an extremely comfortable bed and slept very well. We loved the design and the overall feel of the hotel. Also, it's in a very cool location - there are so many great bars and restaurants within walking distance and the Subway is only a short walk away.
Basically, we liked everything about The Bowery Hotel and look forward to returning there in the future.
Wow! What an exquisite hotel. I have been visiting NYC for decades and this is the first time I have had the pleasure to stay at The Bowery. What a treat! Splurge and GO. Wonderful staff and luxurious rooms!