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
Very nice hotel with very friendly service.
Nice Italian restaurant and breakfast a la carte.
Nice cocktail bar.
Good location, +/- 10 minutes walk to nice neighborhood of Soho (full of shops and restaurants).
I loved the bear on the bed :-)
Don't expect a modern business hotel; but a charming and friendly boutique hotel
Our fantastic stay started from when we pulled up at the hotel... fantastic doorman welcomed us and sorted out parking for our car. We’d been given a much better room with chilled fizz to help us to celebrate our anniversary. Our corner room was wonderful... views, comfortable bed, stylish bathroom with lovely products.... we asked for and got a coffee machine. The restaurant attached gave us a great evening and followed by cocktails in the atmospheric hotel bar. Hotel has a high attention to guest comfort and staff are very responsive. And quickly resolve any niggles. We’ve tried so many hotels for our nights away and there was always something not right. We’ve found our hotel at last!
I have stayed at the Bowery three times over the past few years, and it remains my favorite hotel in NY. The beds are supremely comfortable, with high quality linens and great pillows. There is a lot of light in the rooms, and even those facing the Bowery are quiet because of the glazing/insulation. The downstairs area is clubby and cosy, perfect for a drink or tea. And the staff are exceptional. So professional and kind. On our last visit, they upgraded us to a suite for my birthday. It was by far the nicest hotel room I’ve ever stayed in in NY. Huge room with tons of light and 2 small sofas, large tub and shower—and to top it off, they sent up a great bottle of wine on the house.
It’s worth mentioning that the location is also fabulous. Great food everywhere. I highly recommend the hotel, particularly for special occasions.