- Style Retro glamour
- Setting Post-punk East Village
Once a dodgy part of town, Manhattan’s Bowery neighbourhood has cleaned up its act, but has still kept its edge. The Bowery Hotel illustrates this transformation to the hip and elegant. Bright rooms with big windows (some offering spectacular view of the Empire State Building) and moodily lit corridors, it captures the style of a classic New York apartment building. And the dark wood-panelled, art-deco-inspired Lobby Bar is a fashionable favourite of both visiting and local tastemakers and hipsters.
Need to know
- Rooms 135, including 25 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $305.00, excluding tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $3.50 per room per night on check-out.
- More details Breakfast is chosen from an à la carte menu.
- Facilities Gym, DVD library, valet parking, laundry, free WiFi. In rooms: HD plasma TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock and stereo system, CO Bigelow toiletries.
- Check–out Midday; later-check out is subject to availability. Check-in, 3pm.
Children Welcome: high chairs and baby cots are available, and extra beds can be added to larger rooms for $40 a night.
The Bowery works with a nanny service to provide babysitting, from $25 an hour.
- Also Non-smoking – except in the bar's patio area. As a concession to the Chihuahua-toting crowd, lightweight pets (30lbs or less) are warmly welcomed.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The north-facing rooms offer glimpses of the Empire State Building from the comfort of your bed. Number 705, a One-Bedroom Terrace Suite, has a marble-tubbed bathroom that opens directly onto a surprisingly spacious private terrace. Wherever you end up bedding down, you can expect classic NYC-style, with hardwood floors lined with intricate Oushak rugs, marble bath tubs, and oversized factory windows.
- Packing tips A CBGB T-shirt in honour of the Bowery’s punk-rock glory days.
- Also No smoking (apart from on the fifth floor). Your shoes can be shined and your back can be rubbed – just ask.
Food and drink at The Bowery
- Hotel restaurant With thatch-covered wine bottles swinging from beamed ceiling, distressed wood tables and a
copper-topped bar, Gemma is a picture of Tuscan rusticity. The food, however, is more polished than peasanty, and
the Nutella calzone is a particular treat.
- Dress code Edwardian dandy, backstage with the Ramones.
- Top table Gemma only takes reservations for hotel guests, so sweet-talk your way to a window table for people-watching, or to one of the leather-banquette booths – it’s possible to lose hours in them.
- Last orders Gemma’s pizza oven is switched off at midnight (1am weekends). The bar’s open until 2am (4am weekends).
- Room service A full menu based on Gemma’s à la carte offerings is available 24 hours a day.
- Hotel bar Since its opening, the Lobby Bar has shot to the top of the New York hot list, becoming a favourite destination for A-listers in search of a glam-drenched venue.