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Rating: 4.03

Address: 335 Bowery, New York, NY, 10003

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    Comments (93):

    1. cate p.
    Better than Library Hotel!  It's beautiful, the detail in the rooms is amazing.  Never been to the rooftop but the restaurant Gemma is a feast for the eyes.  I LOVE their bathrooms but I was in a queen deluxe.  The bathroom was HUGE.  FABULOUSLY huge.  If you get one with a tub, you can fit 2 in.  Toiletries top shelf and the rainshower separate from tub makes this bathroom one of the largest I've seen (and I've stayed at  A LOT of 5 star hotels).  Beds were uber comfy and the french windows open out.  I don't love a lot of hotels and I LOVE this one.  It's new but designed to look elegantly old which I personally love.  The hotel is able to do wonders for neighborhood dinner reservations if you ask them - they can pull a lot of strings there as I discovered :)

    28/04/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Deidre C.
    first time staying at the bowery hotel and I would go back again in a heart beat. the downstairs bar/lounge is comfortable and warm, the outside patio charming, staff is friendly (doormen!) and the room simple but very well done. easy access to NoHo/Soho, the Village & LES and of course delicious restaurants. if you want modern and swanky ~ this isn't your place but if you want to have that feeling you've returned home, i say book a room.

    06/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Kim S.
    great location, my home away from home....awesome service, great views, another great establishment from Goode and McPherson.

    02/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. Ashley N.
    My sister was on a business trip and I had the pleasure of spending 2 weeks with her in The Bowery away from my lovely apartment across the river in Brooklyn - I find Manhattan to be a place of sheer amusement and figured spending some time on the island would be interesting.  The Bowery is in a great location - I could get anywhere easily.  The bedrooms were so nice and the beds were SO COMFORTABLE!  They had nice televisions and the bathrooms were AWESOME!  The showerheads came out of the ceiling and I felt strangely clean after each shower.  They supply the rooms with C.O. Bigelow tolietries which smelled divine and are quite expensive....considering the room was around 600/night I wouldn't expect anything less.  This hotel is slightly pretentious in decor and the staff were helpful but, again, slightly pretentious.  $35 for a hamburger!!!! (room service includes a $3 delivery fee, 18% gratuity included in the bill) - The minibar is so delicious but ridiculously expensive!!! Go here if you want to splurge your brains out on the LES.  It was close to everything and was completely fun - good thing my sister's company picked up the bill! I'm sure I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much should I have been paying :)

    04/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Ariel K.
    so sexy.

    22/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. Jennifer L.
    I love, LOVE this hotel.  It is welcoming and very cozy.  A great place to seek solitude in a space that is bigger than my 4x4 shoebox apartment.  The fireplace sold me, as I would curl up in a cushy armchair with a good book sipping on an Old Fashioned.  I would pretend this was my living room but with lots of strangers around me having idle conversation from time to time. Great place to meet friends for a drink with an endless tray of nuts as appetizers.  This is a great place to seek refuge during those torrential rainstorms and wait until the storm passes.  I highly recommend coming here with a board game of scrabble to spend a lazy afternoon.  

    The Bowery Hotel gets packed during Fashion Week and the rooftop is reserved for private events.  This is a fun place to people watch and catch a glimpse of someone famous walking through the lobby.

    13/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. BIll T.
    A GREAT small hotel. Old world intimacy, comfortable beds and linens, new tiled baths, skyline views from the room.  The lobby is beautifully paneled with fireplace and comfy old chairs and couches, free WiFi and library quiet during the day but busy and fun when it changes to a bar in the evenings.  Adjacent restaurant easy to get to by the back hallway.  Friendly and welcoming staff, valet parking if needed.  Truly a wonderful small hotel - probably the best one - for this part of Manhattan, my favorite part.  I'm coming back.

    23/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    8. Jodi E.
    Dream!!!  So romantic and fun.  Love it!!!

    27/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Adela P.
    The best place to stay in NYC! Sublime experience! Sweet sleep. Thank all Goddesses and Gods for the Bowery Hotel!

    22/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Renee G.
    I came here after promptly leaving the Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel in Manhattan a day after checking in. Two of us stayed from Christmas to New Years day, so it wasn't overwhelmingly crowded but not empty. The atmosphere of the hotel is wonderful, with very friendly and helpful staff and doormen.
    Prior to checking in (and also being completely unfamiliar with anything in NYC), I had heard some pretty questionable things about the Bowery - the area, not the hotel. It really wasn't all that bad. I felt comfortable walking around at night and never had any issues. It is close to NYU and a few hole-in-the-wall places that make New York so interesting. We walked the block over to Joe's Pub to see Sandra Bernhard, which is highly recommended if you're there during the holidays.
    We spent almost every night in both the adjacent/connected restaraunt, Gemma, and the hotel lounge. The staff was incredibly nice in both places. The lounge gets pretty packed, but it was still a good place to take a break from the hectic buzz of the city.
    The room was fabulous. Pretty big compared to some of the other NYC hotel rooms, with floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious marble bathroom and a big, comfortable bed. Everything down to the toiletries was a good quality. I'll definitely be back!

    11/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Zach E.
    All I did here was have a drink, but it was a good drink, the waitstaff was fine, and the atmosphere was cozy.

    19/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. Attiya M.
    I should preface by saying that I did NOT stay here.  They were booked, but I came in randomly so its understandable.  The rate was very reasonable for the next day though, much less than other places.  The doormen and staff were all very courteous and accommodating.  They tried to find us accommodation at a sister property, which didn't actually work out, but their effort was definitely appreciated.  Seems like pets are allowed, so when I want to bring my dog, I will definitely try to stay here!

    07/04/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    13. Vinny W.
    this hotel is the proverbial bomb.  i have stayed all over NYC.  this place is the one.

    i even did a blog post about it.   stay here.  trust me.  


    07/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. Julie I.
    Live in the area, so i can't say I've stayed here, although had drinks last night after dinner in the neighborhood, and was impressed.  The ambiance is cool, laid back and a great place to come with friends to hang out.  Only downside, is that you cant sit in the lounge area unless you are a guest of the hotel, and the drink the bartender recommended, some spice thing (which was yummy but too sweet for me) was $17.  yes, $17.  I know I know, I should know this cause I live in NYC, but dayum.

    31/05/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    15. Joey M.
    Definitely one of the cooler hotels I've stayed at! I love the fact that you can leave your room keys (which are awesomely cool looking) with the front desk, and I also love that the concierge was extremely attentive and helpful. I haven't been to the restaurant, but I've heard great things. The location is in a hip area, and there are plenty of bars around there. The only thing I didn't like? The rooms are a bit small for my taste, but they make up for it in decor and amenities. They have a wide array of items in the rooms (including condoms for those exciting new york nights) and the view is really nice. Reminds me of an old school Golden Age of Hollywood hotel--I'll definitely return.

    05/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    16. Lianna R.
    Went to an event here back in June. Loved it. I love the atmosphere. It's a really swanky place. The hors d'oeuvres were appetizing and the drinks were great. The bartender was kind of snooty though.

    10/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    17. Miss H.
    The hotel has  a very old European charming feeling.  Once you walk in, I loved the intimate feeling of a smaller boutique hotel rather than a sterile larger chain hotel.

    GREAT LOCATION - 5 min from SOHO - 5 min from Wholefoods - 5 min from the subway - 5 min from East Village etc., but there are always some sketchy characters (drugged up) loitering right next door.  Either walk around with a friend or directly across the street then cross directly where the hotel is.  One guy reached out and touched me on the arm one night - I was going to yell and scream, but when I turned around to look at him, he was clearly not here on earth with us.

    AMENITIES - awesome silky linens, down comforter and pillows.  It was like sleepy in a big cloud.  Bathroom goodies - Bigelow peppermint lavender shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap, and lotion.  Additionally, there was a body scrub, plush towels, robes, and individually wrapped q-tips from japan.

    ROOM - great window, loved the marble bath with the waterfall shower head.

    Ok, I have told you all the good and now with the bad:

    1.We arrived with 6-7 bags and clearly struggling with them, but there was no doorman in sight and there were no automated doors, just simple old push and pull doors.  We checked in and there was still no doorman nor anyone to help us with the bags.  

    2. Arrive in the room and it's stinkin' hot in there - the AC was turned off.  We turned it on and two hours later, I was still sweatin' a storm.  In addition to that, in the bathroom above the toilet, water was dripping on my head (I didn't want to even think where the hell that water was coming from).  We call front desk and instead of switching out of our room immediately, they made us wait for someone to come up and diagnose the problem.  They are fixed, the room begins to cool, we leave for dinner, we come back and it's stinkin' hot again.  We call down and the entire hotel's system is down for 4-5 hours.  At this point we really wanted to leave, but since we had so much baggage we decided to stick it out.  I was just surprised nothing was done for the guests such as a free bottle of sparkling/still water to make us more comfortable during the internal heat wave.

    3. Friday afternoon, I had the "do not disturb" sign because I was going to be in the room resting after a long two nights before (being displaced after the steam pipe explosion and residing in the frozen zone).  I got one call downstairs waking me up from my nap, asking me about the sign and if I wanted anyone to come up to tidy the room.  I understood it was just a courtesy call and politely declined and went back to bed.  Two hours later in deep slumber I get another call about the same question!!  They need to get their sh*t straight downstairs, there's a reason why people use the "do not disturb" sign - LEAVE ME ALONE.

    4. Last day there and we got an extension for a later check-out (1PM instead of 12PM).  We got a call at 12:15PM asking us if we were staying another day - her passive aggressive way of asking "hello, why the f*** are you not gone yet?" I was annoyed and told the woman that I got an extension till 1.  See, another issue with getting the details sorted...argh!

    5. We still had 6-7 bags plus now a gianormous box (33lbs) full of crap that we needed to ship home.  We called down asking for assistance with our bags.  A guy shows up with no cart.  He notices all the bags and says "sorry, when I asked the front desk if you would need a cart, the front desk said you were only here for only two days, so I wouldn't need a cart."  We ended up carrying down the 33lb box ourselves and left the guy behind with our bags.  Ridiculous!

    6.  Staff are always dawdling, gossiping with clearly nothing to do.  As a guest I don't want to see staff lingering around the front desk.  Go do something, pretend to be busy.

    7.  Overall design:  Looks aesthetically pleasing and well thought out in that aspect, but in terms of functionality Bowery hotel gets zero points. First, the door to the room - be careful, you can lose a finger the way it's designed.  You have to use a lot of force to close the door both inside and outside and if you are not careful, your finger could get caught in between this lip (they added to the door by the doorknob) and the door.  Second, the front doors in the lobby do not have a revolving door or automated push/pull doors to ease your way in or maybe they thought the doorman would solve that problem (if they are ever there!!) and it's way too narrow.

    All in all, I loved the charm and the location, but at close to $400 a pop a night and not including tax, it wasn't worth all the pain and suffering I went through.  Maybe 60 Thompson or Mercer hotel next time.

    28/07/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    18. Kristi D.
    Loved it! Exceptionally friendly staff. Nice room. Cool bar. Great location.

    28/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    19. John L.
    Excellent 19th century retro decor with a jaunty edge. Cheery front desk, good bellmen, they get you in and out quick. The room was pleasant and reasonably laid out, small but not as tiny as many NYC hotels. Great spacious lobby downstairs with a pleasant outdoors patio. The hotel seems to be a celebrity magnet, but I'll decline to name names. Next time round I'll insist on a room with a tub, the shower was fine but splashed onto the bathroom floor.

    18/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    20. Beth V.
    Well intentioned but not perfect.  

    Loved the linens.  Loved the Bigelow products.  Loved the old school charm.  

    Awful service (but not really unexpected given the boutique expectations that I have come to have- but really, at least pretend to give a damn about me).  Definitely a small-ish room.  Good restaurant that proved surprisingly easy to get into with no notice.

    As an aside, my boss stayed here for days when they first opened and there was no water in the building.  I would have died.  They sent them down the street to some spa for their daily showers.

    19/11/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    21. Eli B.
    Let me preface by saying that I would trade this place for CBGB's still standing in a heartbeat. Not that it is on the hallowed Bowery site that used to be CBGB...but the advent of a luxury hotel on the BOWERY in a building that undoubtedly was an SRO, on top of losing CBs a few years ago... just adds to the ickiness that is gentrification.

    On the other hand, apparently I can be bought, because I needed a hotel I could afford downtown, and I was told that the Bowery was nice.

    First of all.....it's a bit different from your usual boutique hotel. They are working an 1800's thing here, meaning hefty bronze keys with tassels, doormen in bowler hats, and dark, slow, old-seeming elevators. It doesn't seem luxury at first glance.
    However, the rooms are an ok size with great floor-to-ceiling windows; the service is very nice; beds are extremely comfortable; room service is excellent; and the lobby is full of old overstuffed couches and reading material.

    Problem: at night the lobby becomes a super-packed bar that apparently is happening, although the crowd seems middle-aged and not very downtown. As a hotel guest you will get fawned upon and receive a table...but only AFTER they realize you're a guest, therefore AFTER receiving the supercilious gaze and raised eyebrow asking exactly what you think you are doing walking into the bar?  (This WILL get its own review...never fear.)

    I'll stay here again as the location rocks and the vibe, bar excepted, is pretty cool.

    19/04/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Bella R.
    Awesome. Great ambience, friendly staff, comfy beds, fun location. A perfect New York experience. Try the cappuccino downstairs - yum! The fitness room was a bit warm, but at least they had one and I was usually the only one there.

    07/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    23. Toshi B.
    Great for just relaxing and people watching. Food service was slow...which is fine but had to ask for coffee three times! Food was ok.

    19/11/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    24. Eunice P.
    Close to my hood, the atmosphere is warm, homey, rustic "antique hipster" :) & eclectic.  Musicians, artists, celebs frequent the Bowery often, but no one cares because it's just that kind of place.  This is a great spot, and it's downtown.  yay

    12/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    25. Amme P.
    The Bowery is a (fairly) new, intimate luxury hotel. The old school decor was warm and inviting.  The room was spacious, with floor to ceiling windows, an incredibly comfy bed, and pretty good products in the bathroom.  Ask for a corner room with a bathtub.  You'll thank me.  The bar is cool, and you are very likely to spot an Olsen twin.

    The door guys are very "ahem" useful.

    03/03/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    26. Arthur S.
    Hands down my favorite hotel in the city.  Perfect pitch.  Luxury without ostentatiousness.  Attentiveness with discretion.  They always remember me and welcome me back with a bottle of wine and an upgrade.  Thank you Kimmie and Alicia.  Unbelievable place.

    16/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    27. Maureen H.
    This is the 2nd time we've stayed here. The difference is that we had Lauren with us. But we still had an awesome experience. Beautiful NY skyline views, great hospitality and a great location. We were pretty much walking distance to so many things.
    Definitely one of the places we'll always come back to.

    04/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    28. Peter G.
    I cannot believe I have walked past the Bowery Hotel probably 100 times without ever realizing that it was actually there, especially as I have a frenemy who thinks Gemma (the restaurant) is the best known place in the universe. I don't agree with her, but I was incredibly pleasantly surprised by the scene the other night.

    We sat in the surprisingly huge upstairs bar/lounge/patio area and the weather was perfect and it wasn't overcrowded and the level of obnoxiousness was strikingly low. I loved the decoration of the place; it reminded me very strongly of hotels I have stayed in in Spain and Colombia and makes for a striking contrast with the very plain exterior.

    Two notes of caution, though. Firstly, and unsurprisingly, it is quite expensive, though the prosecco we were drinking was unusually delicious for bar sparkly. Secondly, we went on a Monday night, so the crowd/scene that I dreaded was perhaps much thinner than it probably is at the weekend.

    10/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    29. Sandy B.
    Stayed here for a few nights recently and had a really mixed experience. I have to say...the morning front desk is pretty awful. Really unprofessional and their attitude was the last thing I wanted to deal with after a red-eye flight. Their afternoon and evening front desk staff, however, are exceptional and really went above and beyond to assist me during my stay.
    The rooms are, in my opinion, small...even for New York...and for some reason very DUSTY! The WiFi in the room was also extremely slow. The bathroom was quite nice though and I loved the C.O. Bigelow toiletries.

    31/10/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    30. Tania H.
    I think the best part of this hotel is the location and the story behind the hotel & surrounding area since it's one of the first settled areas. The Bowery Bar is good for people watching and the rooms are pretty spacious but I thought it to be a bit over priced even if it is NY.... our room was $700+ a night - and it was just a room not a suite

    08/01/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    31. Solbiato S.
    One of the top 5 hotels in NYC.
    -Gramercy Park
    -London NYC
    -60 Thompson

    Still need to get to Rivington and a couple of others.

    20/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    32. Lydia T.
    4 stars for the lounge. Best place to go if you find yourself in the LES with no where to rest your feet. Grab a drink, (bring the AMEX)  sit in front of the fire and relax.
    Garden patio is inviting, very appropriate for almost all seasons.

    3 Stars for the rooms. Rooms are a tad larger than some NYC rooms with excellent views. Well more like large windows. Tastefully outfitted.

    16/11/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    33. Kriti S.
    This review is for their bar: I love this spot for its relaxed vibe and atmosphere. The very English country manse influenced interiors like the rugs, bookcases filled with old editions of classics, dim lighting, etc., make me feel like I need to pull out a pipe, some slippers and sit up with my feet near a fireplace while reading a good book. The place is pretty chill too - we walked in with 20 people and had a great time chatting and sipping cocktails.

    18/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    34. Nick L.
    It was well priced and food was great.  Great wine list

    02/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Tamara I.
    Even the noise is nice at the Bowery Hotel
    My mom and I stayed in May and left our windows open at night to hear the muffled conversation of late night diners and drinkers seated outside the hotel restaurant. Instead of being annoying, it lulled us into a  lovely New York state of sleep.
    The Bowery is one of the rare outrageously priced downtown boutique hotels that doesn't make you feel ripped off at all.
    If you have the means, I highly recommend it.
    we stayed in one of the cheapest rooms. Realize at the Bowery,"cheap" means $500 a night.  We splurge on a fancy New York trip once a year, and picked the Bowery for its incredible location at the crossroads of the Lower East Side, East Village, and all our favorite downtown spots.
    Our  was spacious for a New York hotel room, and had windows as walls  on all sides, making it appear even larger. We've stayed in similarly priced rooms at other hotels that were much smaller and less comfortable.
    Plus, I'd always had a craving for a bathroom with a view, and some of the rooms at the Bowery feature huge windows by the bathtub.
    As I sat and soaked in the bathtub, looking out over the Lower East Side, I felt I'd reached hotel heaven.  
    One of the main perks is the star-studded scene in the lobby lounge and bar.  No one can use it except for hotel guests , their companions and famous people.
    Wander around for a few minutes and stealthily survey the faces  and  I promise you'll see at least one celebrity.
    I spied Justin Long sitting against that bar way off to the side. We walked by a couple times and stared him down to make sure.
    Liev Schreiber was walking in right as we exited. We only saw the back of the head of a blonde woman accompanying him. But I like to think it was Naomi Watts.  
    The amazing, skilled staff is as polite and charming to the famous as they are to humble tourists  from Kentucky.
    You must go. Tell Justin I say hi.

    19/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    36. Alexa V.
    If I picture in my mind what I would want in a nice "NYC" hotel, the Bowery would match the picture in my head completely. Topiary trees next to the doors, and handsome bell man opening the doors for you.

    Requested a corner room when we got there and the view of Manhattan was gorgeous. The ladies at the front desk were very helpful in helping us find some breakfast restaurants around the area.

    Make sure you take a bubble bath in the tub, it's an absolute must after a long day of walking the streets. Love this hotel :)

    24/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    37. Dicky A.
    Recently opened (not fully at time of my visit in March - so got special "preview" rate) in an excellent location in NYC for bars, restaurants and clubs.

    500 thread count cotton sheets - WTF? I hadn't a clue what this meant when I booked. But now I do! Luxurious (read expensive!) and very soft sheets; finishing touches like this really made the stay.

    Room was superb - we got a corner room - with a huge bath and really comfy bed.

    View of the city was good too - with no-one looking in.

    I will return, even though the price will shoot up when fully open (restaurant etc. expected end April 07).

    18/05/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    38. Noel J.
    i adore this hotel.  i could live at the Bowery.  i bathe when i get up and when i come back from my many adventures in NY, a little wet rat in the most lovely bath tub ever.  heaven.  what i love about the Bowery:

    1. the sheets
    2. current, interesting magazines in the room when i arrive
    3. the superb bigelow toiletries, stocked daily
    4.  the hot doormen that are so polite and their devilish grins
    5.  the best bath tub in new york.  you must request this
    6. you can take a cool, red bike anytime of the day
    7.  room service are gracious about my picky requests
    8.  having drinks outside, surrounded by lush green plants
    9.  the free wifi
    10. minutes away from the subway

    27/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    39. Geraldine K.
    Gorgeous beautiful rooftop space.   One of the best outdoor spaces I've been to in the city.  It is spacious, with very nice structure to lounge, drink, dance, watch, walk around.  I can't believe I had never been here - guess I need to do more exploring around this area of town.

    28/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    40. Georgina D.
    I've found my home away from home. Like @Charlotte B. it's obviously all about the location.

    My room was a lovely spacious suite, with fantastic views. Towels were soft, bath product was good, minibar was stocked with good items. The service was prompt, polite and really helpful. The doormen are all super sweet. Not sure about the caliber of the staff in the bar/lounge however.

    This could be due to being frozen solid after being out all day but I think the floor in my bathroom was heated. Perhaps it was just clandestine plumbing/piping. Ohhh and those bedsheets! Yeah, my bed is having major jealousy issues right now.

    13/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    41. Maya F.
    Sweet, swank bar in the lobby of the Bowery Hotel: a sexy space serving up tasty cocktails and featuring a fireplace; comfy seating; taxidermy; paintings of hunting dogs and ladies' naked booties. And, it's dog friendly... awwww, cuuuuute!

    13/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    42. Halle T.
    We picked up our old-fashioned tasseled room key in the dark, nineteenth century lobby and immediately knew we'd love this place.  The nondescript entrance opens to another time-- a lobby filled with dark wood, antique velvet chairs, and persian rugs.  The entire place is haunted with charm.

    The room was decently sized for NYC and included beautiful factory windows with views of the East Village.  I couldn't figure out the TV for the life of me and the wifi was down, which meant I spent time in the private outside garden patio which is reserved for guests.

    The staff was friendly; and when we noticed we had booked the wrong days, they helped us fix the problem without a fee.  Overall, great stay and I hope to be back!

    23/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    43. Charlotte B.
    To state the obvious:
    1. Fab, fab, fab location, but you can see that for yourself on the map.  
    2. $425 a night, ouch.
    3. Retro-neuvo-boho-chic.  

    The not so obvious:
    1. Windows that open, a true luxury.
    2.  Minibar I actually wanted to eat out of.  
    3.  Toiletries I loved and tried to purchase more of.  

    The bad:
    1. For some reason my room was much smaller than my friend's.  Why?  Rooms seem to really vary, as you read below, some have tubs, some don't, some are bigger, some aren't, so I would really have a dialogue with them when you check in.  My friend and I paid the same price and had quite different rooms.  
    2.   In my room, deadbolt on door did not work.  TV did not work (and yes I called the front desk to have someone come up and fix it--it wasn't just my being inept).   Room was too hot despite turning A/C to maximum.   These flaws were rather surprising at these prices.  

    I still had a nice time.

    08/11/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    44. jodi p.
    Ok sad to say but I am changing my review due to my last stay.

    Ok, ok  so in one day I saw Shawn Colvin, Keifer Sutherland and Agynes Dean all in the lobby on mothers day...  I guess cool but not what I care about when working  a 10 hour day on set.....seriously all I want a damn drink after...... and some good service! Some hotels are actually for staying at.... not a lobby for the muck scene of NYC...

    NOTE: If you are a starfucker go here......if they will seat you....

    The service overall was HORRIBLE. The attitude of cool has gone to the heads of most the staff!

    I was rudely asked every time I was in the lobby - was I a guest ?!?Instead of saying preferred seating is for guest, can I offer you a seat..... then if I was NOT a guest say-  ok let me escort you to the bar.

    I get the celebrity spotting and crowd control..... I don't get my friends who waited for me were NOT allowed to sit down night 3 of staying there..... I called and yelled at the front desk what is going on?!? I am spending up to 700$ a night to have myself and my valued friends be treated like squatters?!? If they say my name they should be allowed a seat!

    Due to a mix up with checking in they gave my room away and then just left me standing there for 20 min with no info.....  fun, really fun thanks for the VIP treatment for your f-up....

    I am allergic to lavender and all the toiletries are ALL lavender. My skin breaks out into hives (no biggie) and when I asked for alternatives.... Nope- jesus even crappy nyc hotels offer to grab crap from a corner bodega and send it up.... (yes I will pay)

    I was sad... I wanted to love it... but the staff blows and note to the hotel not only celebrities have a lot of money to spend..... AHEM treat all guest with respect...

    That helps not be a New York minute when you over cater to the scene who stops coming cause it is a scene- learn to manage the balance.

    I will make sure to tell peeps to stay away from your SCENE and your staff!!! say goodbye to $$$$
    I heart it..... It ranks up there and I have stayed at almost every hotel.

    Best breakfast, great lounge, retro style.... as mentioned by a lot of peeps....

    But I like the old school Noveau /British manor vibe and it beats the over sterile UBER chic look of most high-end NYC hotels...

    GREAT SHEETS! cozy cozy

    11/11/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    45. Meghan B.
    This place is so cute!  I love the decor and when you go for a drink, you MUST order the polenta fries.  Amazing.  Just a great place to head for a chill drink and fun crowd.  Need a place to stay?  Pretty adorable rooms too....definitely a great place all around.

    01/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    46. Jane K.
    Always a pleasure.

    While I've never actually stayed at this hotel, I have gone here for everything from casual tea time to raucous parties. The atmosphere is upscale, antique hipster and ultra comfort. Guests can stroll into the lobby lounge and cozy up to a roaring fire and rest on 19th century velvet couches and knobby leather armchairs. The staff is attentive without being intrusive and you'll likely have a random celebrity sipping discreetly on a cider in your midst.

    As the evening approaches the upstairs event venue begins to stir. Dim lanterns, clay tiled floors and the same subtle yet chic-ly antiquey rooms fill with smiling, beautiful faces. The drinks are strong, the bartenders couldn't be more friendly and attentive and the music leads the charge on the dance floor. In the warmer months you can take advantage of their (large) outdoor terrace. This is the house party that I'd always wanted to have. In fact, the Bowery Hotel is the home I'd always wanted to own: great location, designer and a bar that just won't quit.

    30/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    47. Niko P.
    What can I say, it's the coolest place to stay in NYC except maaaybe The Standard...  Easy as that, if you wanna stay west-side, go for The Standard, East-side, go for The Bowery.


    Oh, and did I mention that the last time I stayed there I met Arcade Fire and we were just chilling, yeah, its cool as sh*t.

    30/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    48. Emm C.
    Our room 904 had some weird knocking noise. Nice location and well-priced on hotels.com They were also really nice and accommodating with getting us a relatively quiet room for our anniversary and light-sleeper ways. Great location to lots of places and action.

    09/09/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    49. Amanda H.
    Last summer I decided to take a trip to NY. I was meant to stay with a friend, but that didn't pan out so well so i ended up hotel hopping for the next few days. The other hotels i stayed at are not even worth mentioning,but on my last night i ended up here at The Bowery. Oh man.

    I walked in tired and hot and was greeted by an adorable wannabe model bellboy. After composing myself, i focused on the interior of the lobby, cute and simple with a slight air of pretension. The girl at the front desk was super nice and told me they had given me a corner room but it wasn't ready yet (for reals, always request the corner room) so i strolled around the block and familiarized myself with the area. When i returned i got my key and headed up. Seriously, the best hotel room i've ever stayed in, and not to toot my own horn, but i've stayed in some none too shabby hotels. The views were almost panoramic and the tub was heaven!

    I really loved my stay here and would love the opportunity to stay here again. I am docking a star for a)being so expensive and b)the recommendation of the woman at reception to go to Bond Street Sushi for dinner, yuck.

    03/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    50. Sim D.
    I adore this hotel bar, classy and sophisticated. Located in the center of all the restaurants and bars in the neighborhood, and it shows a different scene. People normally come in pairs sitting on the couches, there is a small lounge area in the back room for small group to hang out. Good for a lazy night drinking, quiet date, very low key.

    15/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    51. Julie G.
    My experience at the Bowery Hotel was less than satisfying.  The atmosphere reminded me a lot of Raine's Law Room at first - it has that old school speakeasy kind of feel to it.  Then you get to the back bar and you feel like you're in The Back Room.  So, speakeasy vibe for sure.  Depending on what you're in the mood for, this place is certainly hit or miss.  There is no music and the energy is very low.  Also, the drinks will financially sodomize you.

    On another note, I was not pleased with the "bouncer" in the outdoor patio area.  He kept trying to eject us from the area by telling us that the outside area is reserved for hotel guests.  Seriously dude, it's like 11pm and I don't see a line of angry hotel dwellers, so chill out, thanks.

    02/10/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    52. David W.
    Best hotel in NYC!

    Some reviewers have complained about the lounge being reserved for guests. That's true - the seating is reserved for hotel guests. But that's what you expect when you pay these prices. Great restaurants close by. Great decor. Friendly staff. I had a back room looking out over the garden. Slept with my window open and didn't hear a noise! Try and find another place in NYC where you can do that. Ignore the 1star reviews. You will love your stay.

    24/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    53. Ki G.
    Well, I only come here for the bar, the lounge and now, perhaps, the rooftop.*

    So this review is for the above-mentioned, although maybe I'll stay here one day when I want to pretend to be a mysterious tourist.

    The lounge outback is really sweet - a laid back, colonial feel to it, over-looking a surprising expanse of verdure in one of the more densely developed areas in the city. I found out that it was a potter's field and hence cannot be developed at the moment, which is great because it provides the illusion of being out somewhere in the country as opposed to on Bowery.

    The drinks are fantastic, expensive, but sip and sit and you'll feel like you've paid well for the drink. Or just paid well over what you're used to. (ha!)
    About 2 weeks ago, my brother found out that they were opening up their rooftop* to revelers and sent me the "password". I promptly dragged my foreign friends (visiting from Dubai) here to check out the space and possibly wow them. Possibly is the key word here.

    *I* was impressed - the rooftop* is fantastic, it has this Victorian atrium feel to it, with a large outdoor patio and open space. I would love to rent this place for a large event, but not sure what occasion would warrant such a large price tag.

    The crowd was odd, but the space, the atmosphere and the night was beautiful. If I get a hold of another password, I'd love to come back.

    *edit 4/18/2011 - it's not a rooftop, it's the second floor to this hotel - a really cool space. Thanks for the correction, Alicia H.!

    20/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    54. Yana B.
    The sort of place that charges $9 for an Amstel Light and doesn't let in friends coming to a birthday party because I suppose they assume the only people that would ever come here are vapid douchebags who wouldn't think twice about picking $9 piss-beer over their friends. Nice couches, though.

    27/10/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    55. lillian l.
    For a classy hotel, the people who work here sure are low class.

    The "host'" of the lobby bar (not the upstairs/roof bar) gave my friend and I a very hard time when the place was actually half empty with open seats. "Hotel guests only" he said, then let in 6 random people in who he didn't even ask if they were guests. After telling us to "stop aside" to wait  our turn, he finally let us in so that we could find our friend's birthday party but then proceed to follow us around,  harassing us with "Hello? Can I HELP you?" and telling us we were "In the way" and couldn't stand pretty much anywhere I tried to move. Again, pretty empty on the Wednesday night so I'm not sure why we were "in the way" and what we were actually in the way of.

    Not wanting to deal with this Asian "Host" anymore, who obviously wanted to feel superior for no apparent reason, we said we were going to leave but told him that he was being unnecessarily rude. He was clearly offended that someone would actually call him out on it, so he proceeded to YELL, ACROSS THE LOBBY and the front desk, "YOU'RE UGLY - DON'T EVER SHOW YOUR FACE HERE AGAIN!"

    This is a REALLY CLASSY PLACE, guys.

    13/09/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    56. Benjamin C.
    So, I haven't slept here.
    I couldn't. The party in the second floor's event space was too loud,
    and too many people recognized me.  

    Huge sweeps of raw, thin-ribbed factory windows divide the warm
    brick and wood-walled rooms, leaving space for a variety of moods.

    The central room throbbed with music and banter, under bare-bulbed chandeliers. I lined up at the bar for an Ol' Smokey-based "Dolly Parton" cocktail. (It was...very well endowed.)

    Half-way through my drink, somebody piped in a dance remix of Adele's "Someone Like You", so the guests could all cry and dance...at the same time.


    My eyes welled up, and I stumbled through the myst onto the open-air patio. There, I found plush couches under heat lamps where I could restitch the broken pieces of my life...and cry some more. (Just kidding...heh.)

    Tired of all the bustle...and crying? You can sit by a roaring fire in the cozy intimacy of a pink sofa-littered sitting parlor.

    If the guest-rooms are anything like the event space, I won't be getting any sleep here. I'm okay with that.

    31/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    57. Chin Y.
    Very accommodating.  Great location and design.

    05/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    58. C Z.
    This place has totally dialed in on the perfect mix of charm and class and lack of attitude--all the while still being tragically hip and fresh.  I like the playful touch of the teddy bear on the bed (and so did my little 4 year old!)  We ordered breakfast--I had the polenta with over easy eggs and my aunt had a $12 kale drink (Which we almost cried about when she spilled!) We had a suite with an amazing view--esp, of the chrysler building--love that building!  I love that the staff there does not act too good to make chit chat or smile.  And they think of everything here--the little extras like bringing you slippers and comp. wine and cookies(!) Also, just a side note, the movie list is so good there--they seemed to have all my faves--BONUS! The bed was amazingly comfy!
    Also, I heard the owner is a super cool, philanthropist sort of guy and has given a lot of money to a foundation that protects turtles(!) Love that!

    01/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    59. Arturo H.
    Gave it 3 stars because its in a good part of town with lots to do in that area.  the beds are terrible. woke up with a stiff back the 1st night sleep there and didn't get any better.

    and the rooms are small.  if your an above average sized person your gonna hate it.

    if I'm paying for the stay myself i would rather stay else where

    19/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    60. Brion F.
    The thing that impressed me the most about this hotel, was that the whole thing was a new build. It's been done so well, with such attention to detail and high level of finish. The location is really great too. I can remember the area being pretty much no go several years ago.

    The hotel has these really charismatic doormen, in dapper waistcoats and bowler hats, who welcome guest. The reception area is a bit too close to the entrance and can create a bottle neck with guests checking in and checking out.

    We had corner room, about half way up. Fantastic views. The rooms have a industrial, converted factory feel, as do the bathrooms. All the usual knick knacks are included, such as iPod dock and robes/slippers. The signature red and white bedding is very covetable.

    The gym, in the basement, was ideal, but short on equipment if you happened to be there at a busy time.

    The bar is open to anyone. It's tucked away behind a sea of antique looking sofas and armchairs. You feel like you are in a country pile. As guests, we just got a drink and sat down. A guy came over and demanded to see our door key card. Once we proved we were guests, he just turned and walked off. I called after him and asked if he'd like us to sit else where. He just shrugged and wandered off. It's odd how he thought that was an okay way to interact, given how charming and smiley all the other staff were.

    I really enjoyed my few days at The Bowery Hotel, but there was nothing there to make me want to return.

    02/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    61. Morgen B.
    Very friendly doormen and excellent service, extremely polite and helpful and the lobby is comfortable and well decorated, if not a bit on the gaudy side.

    21/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    62. Sean S.
    I like walking in the hotel lobby and acting like you own the place.  I get that feeling when I walk into Bowery Hotel.  It's definitely a see-and-be-seen place, a sort of rockstar hangout.

    Walk around past the front desk, through the main lobby which feels like a living room complete with fireplace, and off to the left you'll find the bar.  Therein always some trouble is to be found.  And tonight was no exception.

    Odd banter with the bartender, a guy thoroughly drunken, crawling on the floor and licking feet, a couple making out on the couch like they were ready to get a room, and of course standing at the bar commenting on the scene with other more civilized drunks!   What a classic scene.

    One cocktail for my *ahem* partner in crime, the name of which would give away her secret identity, and an IPA for myself.  Pricey, but worth it for the wacky scene.

    01/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    63. Susan B.
    Great hotel ambiance, late night room service and bicycles available to guests. Don't be surprised if you run into a celebrity during your stay, the hotel has become a trendy hipster hangout. The rooms are a decent size, the location is great, the only complaint is the price.

    07/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    64. Vivian H.
    Some nights you know that it is an alternate reality that you are living in. And when someone waves the magic wand, you will snap back into reality.

    I remember it being after midnight and by that time, Cinderella was not going home and the carriage already turned into a NYC yellow cab.

    I remember walking into the hotel and passing through the lobby.  There were endless chairs in the lobby and it was extremly quiet. There may have also been a fire place.

    The bar was somewhere deep in the hotel and it just jumps out at you. So for a few minutes, you don't see a soul and then you stumble on some people. There were probably 20+ people left. I guess most had filtered out by then.

    I ordered a cocktail. I am actually named after the cocktail.

    At this point, the night gets pretty strange. A Scottish man decided to chat me up and clearly he has had a few too many drinks. I leave him be and try to enjoy the rest of my night. I am on the couch, and before I know it, the man is somewhere near the floor getting ready to lick my shoes. Now, yes they are a pair of shoes that I covet and they are pretty nice, but at this point, it is drunken debauchery at its high point.

    New York City has never a dull moment and some moments are actually in another world...

    09/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    65. Starr C.
    I didn't actually stay here (why am I writing a review, right?) but I visited someone who was staying here and WOW.

    The Bowery Hotel is a beautiful and deliciously swanky place. A doorman (or 2!) open the doors into the dimly lit lobby. The entire hotel is dimly lit, but that adds to the very intimate feel of the establishment, as if only those who you want to see you will be able to. As it was so dim, I wasn't able to see what they were hanging behind the reception desk, but it was either the key or, what I later found in the room to be the "Service"/"Privacy" sign. All I saw was the tassel.

    Walking down the hall to the elevator, I was simply enchanted by the decor of the place. Beautifully tiled flooring, warm lighting. I ventured over to the bar to ask the bartender a question and found all these great lounge chairs and was-it-even-possible dimmer lighting. I won't lie, I felt ridiculously fancy.

    Got up to our friend's room and it was lovely. Average size for a Manhattan hotel room, with a pretty nice view. (It was also so much brighter in there because of the sunlight!) Pretty large closet, also. The bed took up about 80% of the room, but there was still a little table and chairs.

    Took a little powder room break and was even impressed in there. C.O. Bigelow products in the spacious shower (no tub) and a nice little tub of other goodies by the sink. So nice.

    Mmm, I can't wait until I can afford to stay here and give it a 5th star!

    23/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    66. Lynn G.
    I flew in from San Francisco, arrived around 11. Got to the hotel to pick up my keys for a bed and breakfast around the corner, (after-hours the keys at Bowrey) when I realized I forgot my wallet in the cab (BONEHEAD). I was so downtrodden I had no id, no money, no cards, nothing. I was hungry, no way to pay for dinner. I told the folks behind the front desk (Asia, Werner, Maya) what happened, and they were completely amazing and took care of me. They helped me figure out a way to pay for my dinner (sent a form for my husband to fill out with his CC number) and didn't wait to get it back before they sat me and a very sympathetic waitress who was briefed of the situation took my dinner order (stiff drink, delicious kale salad and salmon). Then the Mater D Billy said he heard what happened and would take care of my dinner. What a sweet heart. Then what happened? The cabbie called with my wallet! I gave him a huge wet kiss and a hug and then paraded my wallet around to my new friends at the hotel. They all gave me big high fives it was very triumphant. It sounds crazy but I was so happy and grateful to the cabbie, to these sweet kind people who took pity on me. What a lovely place. Massive good karma and juju to Maya, Werner, Asia, Billy the sweet waitress (sorry I didn't get your name too!) and my cabbie. I will always stay at the Bowry hotel when I am in NYC! Also the food was great and so was the moscow mule! Thank you thank you.

    02/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    67. Laura H.
    I think this may be my favorite hotel in Manhattan.  I don't know if it's the doorman in the red jacket that meets you are the door, the plush couches in the main lounge area or the gorgeous lighting in the upstairs bar area.  Either way I feel like it transports you to a different area where you can still smoke cigars on the veranda.  I was here last week for a concert series.  The concert was terrible but the ambiance was magical.  I can't wait to force my parents to stay here next time they visit to I can wander in again.

    07/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    68. Pamela J.
    Love this hotel.  Laid back vibe with upscale amenities.  Rooms with tubs are especially superb.  Location can't be beat.  Proximity to Tompkins Square Dog Park makes my furry friend happy and the myriad of cafes and restaurants along the way make me happy.  BTW, that lady with the bad review is totally whack - ignore.  I've been going here for years.

    25/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    69. Nick C.
    Best place of rest in NYC!   (If you are getting any.... rest that is!)

    Perfect location, great stylized hotel, honestly nothing bad to say about it.

    The decor sets the mood.  You can tell they were going for vintage style through and through.  No key cards, an actual turn and lock key.  Huge factory style windows for a great view of the lower east side on all sides of the building.  Room was cozy, but everything about it was just right.

    The lobby/lounge/bar area is a sight to behold as well.  19th century area rugs perfectly placed underneath the same era's velvet couches, all while getting cozy by the fireplace.  

    Classic NY style tile work also lines the floor of the whole 1st level.  You can rent a 50s style bicycle to give yourself that old New York feel as you tour the village.  Even the employees are dressed in throwbacks.

    Wrap Up;

    Is it pricy?  Of course it is.  It's a hotel in NYC, where even a Days Inn is well overpriced.  But if you are paying over head anyway, why not have a unique experience and do it in style!  Pictures do not do it justice, it is beautiful.

    19/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    70. Aaron M.
    Maitre D was only letting in "hotel guests" on this busy Wednesday night. AKA, was the rudest individual I have ever met in NYC. An Asian "gentleman" who called my friend ugly and fat and said don't ever come back after we finally called him
    rude for pushing us aside, telling us to move, and generally being a d-bag when we were stopping by to celebrate a friend's birthday...in a nearly empty bar. I promise to come back, to every other resto in the area other than you!

    12/09/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    71. Krissy P.
    Bowery Hotel is a special place for my family. My husband and I have staycations here, sometimes over holidays, sometimes just because we like to get out of our apartment for a night and feel a little posh. We bring our pit bull with us which is awesome. Dog friendly hotels are few and far between. When my mom comes into town this is her favorite place to stay. She loves hanging out downstairs in the enchaaaaaanting lobby or in the bar having a cocktail and making friends. Thats always the vibe here. Its like home but better. Is it pricey? For sure. But its worth it. The rooms are the coziest. My personal preference is the king room with the giant tub looking out onto the street. Its a dream.
    The big deck/events area is beautiful. If you're not on a list for a private party, don't be offended when they tell you to step. Thats nothing new. Seems like the negative reviews are about being personally offended by things like that.
    This is the only place where I see a celebrity every time I'm there, and I'm going to admit right now, that tickles me.
    I have had one or two issues with staff being a little less than helpful, and a little too close to being cunty, but I won't hold it against the hotel as a whole. Most of the time I leave the Bowery wishing I could stay for much longer.
    Side note, go downstairs and have pasta at Gemma. If you're in the mood to get a little faded, ask for a Chupacabra at the bar downstairs. Oof. So good.

    11/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    72. Guy L.
    Amazing hotel. Definitely one of my all-time favs.. Love the location and everything The Bowery has to offer. Highly recommend staying.

    15/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    73. Brian W.
    Great hostel for what I was looking for. First time in NYC, location was perfect. As I was touring all day and bar hopping all night, I only needed a place to lay my luggage, sleep, and shower. Staff was awesome, friendly, and helpful. Price compared to other hotels in NYC is unbeatable (typical 3 star hotels start around $230/night and this was not a high season when I visited).

    29/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    74. Shista C.
    Really cool low-key vibe.  Very European I would say.  The lounge is reserved for hotel guests, although they do make exceptions for non guests.  There isn't really standing room.. Only chairs and tables so get there early.  The one downer is that they don't have any background music so all you really hear is random chatter.   Other than that, it's a cool spot to see celebs (example: Jude Law) in a non pretentious spot.

    13/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    75. Navriti S.
    Came here to get coffee and lunch with some friends. The place is beautiful and has a gothic victorian look and feel to it mixed in with a dark greenhouse/atrium look. No matter how bright the sun is shining outside, the atmosphere is always dim in the lobby. Feels like entering a vampire's lair who misses the sunlight and the tropics. And that yearning is expressed through the random walls plastered with colorful tiles reminiscent of central America. I think they keep it dark to hide all the bugs we found flying around our food. It's hard to imagine that this is a hotel. The only comfort it offers is a fire place-- and its heat is blocked by the ceiling fans.

    08/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    76. Michael H.
    what an amazing reception. the front desk was fully efficient and welcoming, no bullshit and no waiting.

    this hotel seems to have all the logical guest needs covered with stealth accuracy and speed.

    all amenities and features are well designed and thoughtful.

    The hotel itself is a cozy quiet hideaway in the middle of the city with everything within walking distance.

    a gorgeous design.

    19/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    77. Linas V.
    I stay here when I want a nano-getaway. I also stayed here for two weeks when my apartment building burned down. When you order a room, ask for a high floor, a good view, and a big bath with a shower. Really cool, comfy and pleasant. Lot's of stars (that you leave alone because you are a good New Yorker). They love Boris (my Norwich Terrier, he has carte blanche). Treat and tip the staff well, they are very very nice people. I do love the place.

    11/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    78. Rebecca K.
    Stay away this hotel. This hotel is a scam!   PLEASE CHECK YOUR CREDIT CARD.

    They charge you small amount like $10 to $15  after 3 to 5months or later.  This small amount we don't check right? and they do it .

    I called account office of the Bowery Hotel because they charged me for drinks after 5months.  They were like "Geee  you found out...."

    STAY AWAY THIS HOTEL if you don't want to be charged  later.

    19/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    79. Jason N.
    As always with "hotel" reviews on Yelp- why even read those for people who have never actually stayed here?  Like The Plaza, there seem to be several of those for the Bowery.

    Anyway, we got "stuck" here for a week while we had our floors refinished, and enjoyed ourselves.  Our king room (#1103) was comfortable, spacious and outfitted with a small, window front table with two cushioned chairs, a leather topped barstool at the desk, a wideplanked white beadboard ceiling, a hanging Edison bulb, a very new large flat screen TV with access to the hotel's DVD collection, complimentary (and speedy) wifi, an ipod/iphone docking/speaker station, C.O. Bigelow toiletries, a roomy armoir, tasty mini-bar snacks (mainly from Dean and DeLuca), walnut floors covered with large area oriental rugs, bedside table lights on accordion hinges, exposed painted brick and huge "factory style" casement windows that looked east toward our homeplace.  Oh, and I almost forgot, we were sent a bottle of complimentary red wine upon check-in.  The vibe here is definitely old school and comfortable.

    Our favorite thing was that we did not hear any neighbors, and on the 11th floor of the back side of the hotel, very little city noise.  It was difficult to get a sense for how many people were actually staying in the hotel at any given moment-- we saw other guests only once on our floor.

    Paper  daily versions of the NY Times and Post are complimentary and delivered each morning.  An in-room coffee maker is available on request and complimentary trays of cookie samplers are delivered each afternoon.  

    The fitness area is a bit small given the size of the hotel but it is adequate. It has sets of dumbbells from 5 lbs. to 50 lbs., inflatable exercise balls, a weight bench, one weight machine, a couple yoga mats, a few leather medicine balls, a stationary bike, a treadmill and an elliptical machine.  There is something about the ventilation system in the fitness room, however, that might tickle your nose and throat.  

    The lobby, bar and dining areas on the ground floor are very nicely appointed and feel a bit vintage. This area is reserved first and primarily for hotel guests and is a bit of a scene due to the manufactured exclusivity.  There is a fireplace in center of the lounge but in cold, gusty weather, chilly breezes can sweep through the lounge from the main entrance.

    The location was a neat, less gritty change of pace for us, as it is very close  to a number of not-top-end-but-generally-a-bit-more-upscale-than-­the-LES-and-East-Village great restaurant options.  Bowery (the street) has definitely gone the way of gentrification but you can still encounter some interesting if not sketchy characters after you exit the hotel.  There are a ton of doormen, perhaps in part to screen entry.  SoHo is just steps away for shopping.  

    The staff here was welcoming and helpful.  They were eager to please.

    From here to the East River, for this level of property, there is essentially the Bowery Hotel and the Thompson LES.  I would unquestionably recommend the Bowery between the two.  I will, however, be curious to see if the new hotel being finished on Ludlow Street will give the Bowery a run for its money.  At this stage of its construction, the facade of the new property on Ludlow looks strangely similar to the Bowery.

    23/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    80. Christin M.
    This hotel is magical! It's super classy and comfortable from top to bottom. The service and staff are impeccable. Be sure to have a meal and a few cocktails in their living room lounge or on the patio. You won't regret it!

    20/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    81. Hayley G.
    I have not one bad thing to say about this hotel.

    My mother and I come to NYC at least once a year to visit my sister, and have had some very mediocre experiences at many different hotels in Manhattan.

    This hotel has incredible service, the most amazing ambiance in the lobby/bar area, and the most beautiful rooms! The beds are comfortable, the bath products they provide are amazing and everything is quality at this establishment!

    We can't wait to come back!

    14/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    82. Alix H.
    I heard so many great thing about the Bowery Hotel - You can imagine as I passed the historic hotel, I was ultimately drawn into the building. The decor depicted everything I could imagine and I was truly amazed by the staff. However, the UTTER MOST DISTURBING part of my experience was dealing with the general manger, RICHARD he treated us as second class criticized and I HIGHLY recommend NOT walking into his "establishment"  because clearly he believes after 1 AM ONLY people staying with the hotel deserve proper treatment. #richardgetanewcareer

    07/03/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    83. Kristin L.
    My favorite hotel.....beautiful bright big rooms, amazingly comfortable beds, lovely staff that are so helpful and welcoming. The lobby bar is my go to office space that transitions into the perfect spot for client meetings and cocktails.

    04/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    84. Jessica S.
    Cosy rooms although not very "business"-friendly (dim lights, etc...) but it's nice for a quick stay in NY.

    02/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    85. Noah G.
    Boo and I stayed here in late August while in town to watch Penn State play Syracuse at Met Life Stadium. All I can say is 110% class. We stayed in the single queen room which is their most basic but was perfect for us for the weekend. There were all the things you can expect in an upscale hotel, a big flat screen, ipod dock, iron board and iron. There was also an extremely nice bathroom with plenty of maneuvering space which you may know is essential for keeping the peace while trying to get ready to go out.

    After a looooong night out where we drank our weight in Absolut, we stumbled back to the room and decided we were hungry and wanted room service. The menu I believe is actually from the restaurant on the first floor Gemma. It was $40 for two meals and sodas, I couldn't believe it. I can't confirm this but I don't think there was much of a mark up at all. That's a really nice offering for your guests and by far the least I've paid for room service for so much food.

    While all the services and amenities the hotel provides are great what really struck us most was the atmosphere there. It had the look of a more cheery Union League (if that makes any sense) but instead of stuffy business men smoking cigars it was full of friendly and accommodating staff, and to be honest the guests there seemed pretty nice as well.

    This is not a cheap hotel but given the location and our experience we certainly had no buyers remorse and will absolutely be staying here again.

    30/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    86. Stella A.
    Great place for events especially if the weather is warm since they have outdoor patio.  It's really old so parts of it was kinda sooky.

    27/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    87. Kimberly T.
    While I wasn't staying at the hotel, I was fortunate enough to attend a charity function at the Bowery. The staff was accommodating despite the hoards of people and were fairly organized as well. The event space upstairs was beautifully staged and the food was wonderful. The bar tending staff and waiters were very helpful and attentive to the raging (and later rowdy) crowd. The lobby bar could use a bit more seating that accommodates somewhat larger groups (I'm talking like 3-4) to make things a bit easier, but overall a wonderful experience.

    26/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    88. A Z.
    Very cool hotel, my new favorite. It feels like you're stepping into another decade, however the rooms are fresh and modern while keeping with the theme. We had a tiny glitch with our reservation (requested a certain room, wrong check out date) but the staff fixed everything quickly without breaking a sweat or making us feel weird.

    The suites are fantastic and generously sized especially for New York. Get a room with a tub if you can. The bar is great but gets busy at night. There are couches reserved only for hotel guests, which was classy. Room service goes all night.

    Neighborhood is interesting but generally upscale and hip. Lots of places to eat right outside plus a bunch of cool shops. You can walk to stuff or not walk but there's plenty in very close proximity.

    I loved our stay here, I'd definitely come back.

    16/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    89. Erikoko T.
    Really really Cute hotel :) and also pet friendly !! My dog KOKO and I loved it !
    Great location && Rooms are clean !
    Close to many good restaurants. So happy we get to stay few more nights here!

    25/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    90. Bobbie J.
    I had my wedding party here in December and it was the best venue I could have hoped for.  My out of town guests were expecting like a standard hotel ballroom, but this is so much more!  And so much cooler!  The space is enormous, has different rooms, and your party can move through the space and end up in my favorite part: the fireplace room.  That's where we had the dance party at the end of the night.  

    The event staff at the Bowery as well as all of the servers, floor captains, sound guy, and bartenders are all the nicest people you'll ever meet.  They really have their stuff together and know what they're doing.

    The space is clubby, rustic, and cozy, not a pinkies-in-the-air super fancy kind of place.  Also not especially girly, which wedding venues can be.  The space does not scream out for tons of decorations so you can save on decorations.  There are gorgeous large plants and tapestries on the walls.  Candles and flowers is all you need - - if that.

    I feel so lucky and grateful that I got to have my event here.  So New York-y!  So beautiful!  So cozy!  We and our family members also stayed at the hotel and they were incredibly accommodating and friendly.  The staff are as nice to my great-aunt from Ohio as they are to Johnny Depp.  They were knowing our relatives' names and how they liked their eggs by the time they left.

    Can't say enough good things about this place.  If you're thinking of having an event there, DO IT!

    25/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    91. Rita A.
    This is my second visit. I love trying new hotels but this is one of my all time favorites! Only one potential problem: The hotel is so cozy you may never want to leave it!

    The staff  again were all excellent and extremely helpful, from the doorman, to the front desk, to the server in the bar. The hotel has these really charismatic doormen, in dapper waistcoats & bowler hats, who welcome guest.The bar is so lush & cozy & the bistro next door is delicious with an equally friendly staff as well.

    If you're lucky enough you can even get a corner room which has two walls of windows. It's got a relaxing not-trying-too-hard (while secretly trying totally hard) starlets you don't recognize being interviewed by a magazine you haven't heard of at the bar kind of vibe. Oh, & it must be noted that the bathroom has the best shower in NYC. It's a high-pressure rain shower & I could've stayed in it all day.

    The street noise can be a bit much if it's a weekend, lots of horns and crowds, but that is at any NYC hotel. The windows are soundproof, but I still heard a lot of activity out there until the wee hours. They also have black out blinds so I was able to get the best sleep.

    Free wireless was easy to deal with in my lobby and in my room and always worked.

    There is a classic key holder behind the front desk to hold all keys & messages really cool & fun place!

    I'd highly recommend this hotel ... but selfishly I want to keep it a secret! ;)

    I cannot write this review without also mentioning that the hotel sent me a thank you letter after my first stay & this put them over the top. I've stayed at expensive & 5 star hotels in numerous countries & this is the only hotel that has gone so far as to send a personal non-form letter. Complete class.

    08/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    92. Lee K.
    The Bowery has real old world charm with many of the amenities of modern hotels including high quality internet access and a fitness room.

    The hardwood floors, brass fixtures, ornate woodwork and fixtures take you back in time.

    Though I've not tried the restaurant and 24 hour room service, the menu looks very enticing.

    All staff are super warm and accommodating.  When you ask for their help, they go a step beyond.  For example, I returned from an all day meeting to drop off my laptop before heading to a Broadway show.  Because I had a cab waiting outside, I didn't have time to run up to my room... so I asked the front desk to keep my belongings (and a peer's).  They offered to take our bags to the room.

    Having just returned home, the manager of the hotel sent a nice email asking if I had anything positive and/or critical to share.  This was not your standard hotel survey but merely outreach to make sure the experience was a good one and to strive to improve.  I thought it was a nice, earnest touch.

    18/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    93. Jessica W.
    Love the bar here. Took my  boyfriend for his birthday since he is a man who loves his bourbon (yuck) but this bar came up on a list of top 10 old fashioned in NYC. He had 3, so I am willing to say they must have been pretty kick a$$! Excuse my language !
    I had a delicious gin drink, that had strawberries and some kind of tea in it. The bartender warned me it was sweet and it was also delicious.
    I loved the small Hispanic, or Asian bartender. He was diligent, attentive and sweet while the other bartender who was Caucasian, glasses wearing, and had a sleeve, he was the WORST. His drinks were also well made but his attitude was totally lacking, it was as if he was beneath him to make our cocktails? I'm confused, I thought that was the job of a mixologist.
    The drinks are pricey, but that is the way with hotel bars. Expect to spend 18-17 dollars a drink, but they are totally worth it!!
    Hopefully if you go, you get the awesome bartender and not the sour faced grump :)

    10/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0