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
My girlfriend and I had a fantastic weekend at the Bowery Hotel and highly recommend it. The service was impeccable, and we were given fantastic dining recommendations (The Smile for breakfast on Bond St. being a highlight).
Our room was great with a very cool view of some nearby water towers...quintessentially NYC. The lobby has a great scene (people watching paradise) and is comfortable w/o being stuffy. Sit by the fireplace if you can.
Overall a last-minute birthday surprise really came together and the Bowery Hotel was everything that friends told me it would be.
Also bonus point for getting us into Gemma for dinner at 8p on a Saturday night!
11/10 would recommend. :-)
Just finished a weeks stay here and it was awesome. Cosiest place to be during winter and ended up being a super location for hitting up my fave restaurants. What truly made my stay though was the kindness and competence of the staff. Everyone from Doorman to Housekeeper to front desk wanted to be sure i had exactly what i needed weather an umbrella heading out or directions or another bottle of water they were all the best at their jobs. Dinner and breakfast at Gemma was a treat too! Highly recommend it.
We love this place, the only hotel I’ve ever stayed at where the front desk people actually try (and succeed) to learn your name. Just an outstanding experience from start to finish.
The lobby lounge is reserved for hotel guests and is comfy and inviting. The rooms are old but refinished.
We will be back!
Having been to NYC numerous times I always felt that I was missing a bigger connection to the city. After staying at The Bowery I realized its where I stay that makes the difference. The Bowery is New York City, it captures the trendiness, the fashion, the environment, and offers the ability to escape the craziness of what makes NYC as well.
From pulling up to the curb, to check in, to passing employees in the hall, they’re all attentive and welcoming.
The old school keys, the lighting, and the inviting and warm environment of the lobby/bar area is incredible.
I found the elevators to be sufficient even during busier hours.
The room was really cool and for NYC, nice sized. Floor to ceiling windows with the right amount of shades, shears and ability to crack a window for some fresh air. The mini bar was so inviting,and well stocked, I wanted to buy it all!(but didn’t)
The bathroom really shines though, it actually has room to move around, excellent toiletries, and a waterfall shower. Enough said.
The hotel was the highlight of my two night stay here and can’t wait to return.
Small stylish old world hotel popular with trendy media / fashion types enjoying the cozy lounge and conservatory . Lifts are slow, narrow hall ways and nosy doors on rooms echoing in hall ways but room are very comfy, luxury bathroom products. A treat to stag here.