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
First time staying here... so far, the staff has been excellent. They are all very personable. The rooms were extremely clean, albeit on the smaller side but this is nyc, what do you expect? Room 812 has a great view but there is very loud construction going on starting at 6am. We came to get away from the kids and were hoping to sleep in but that didn’t happen. I would urge anyone staying here not to stay on this side of the hotel if you’re sensitive to noise. The hotel does provide ear plugs but they aren’t strong enough to block the drilling etc. Had dinner at Gemma which is always great, especially if you like to people watch. Would return!
The rooms are great especially the corner rooms with floor to ceiling windows. Hang out and have a drink in the bar, excellent people watching! The lobby is a bit dark but goes with the vibe of the hotel
This is a nice hotel...for the most part they do the best they can....however I had two very bad experiences within hours......
There is no parking in the area (It was about 11 PM on a Saturday evening)....(there is also a homeless shelter next to the hotel !!)...I went to get my car which was parked several blocks away... I pulled up to the hotel to pick up my wife and the doorman (Rather large African American, red vest...beard) came out to the street and advised me that if I wanted to wait where I was I would have to pay him.....he told me that the other cars in the area have paid him $100 !!!! I informed him that my wife and I are guests and that she would be coming out any minute. He again told me that I have to move or pay him. In all my years of staying at hotels I have never been asked for a tip or told that I couldn't pick up my quest. I wasn't in the hotel pick up or drop off area....I wasn't directly in front of the hotel...but the doorman acted as if he owned the entire street !!!
Later about 2 AM when we came back to the hotel there was a fight directly in front of the front door to the hotel. The hotel apparently employees a security person (large man, very bushy beard).....however as the fight started he ran inside and didn't want to get involved. He was smoking his electronic cigarette inside the hotel which I thought was against the law....the fight continued....my wife and myself stayed back until the police came and everyone dispersed.
All in all it was not a good experience. There are too many hotels in NYC where a guess won't have to put up with this !!!!
We stayed for 3 nights last week. We had a wonderful welcome from reception (staff member from Texas) . Our room on 8th floor was spotless, bright and well furnished. The shower was fantastic, plenty of power and water was hot . The staff were very friendly and you could sense great training and a passion for great customer service!! We had breakfast in Gemma one morning outside with the Empire State Building as the view !! Cocktails were excellent in the bar . We look forward to our next visit on our return to Nyc !!
We had a major project meeting in NOHO, which took us until 1.30 am, so associate led us to the lobby afterwards, which was tastefully designed with timeless ambiance, very pleasant! We were seated beside the fireplace to a truly enjoyable atmosphere of both clients as well as hotel's employees attending to every detail! I had to leave around 4.40am, so the manager personally organized my driver and despite the late hours he also arranged for a delicious meal! Very welcoming and professionally conducted place, will be back!