Review of The Bowery Hotel in New York City

Having spent a few days at the very cool and trendy Ace Hotel in New York City (see our review here), The Boy booked us in to the lovely and refined Bowery Hotel near Bleeker Street Station for a weekend of relaxing bliss.

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Lobby

Upon approaching the hotel, we were greeted by doormen in red coats, black slacks and black top hats, the striking signature Bowery uniform. With a carpeted entrance, the hotel has a vintage design, reinforced by a cosy fireplace and old school bar at the back of the lobby, tucked away to the side. You can order food and drinks or just sit on the stuffed leather chairs or out on the patio and browse one of the numerous newspapers available.

bowery hotel new york city lobby
bowery hotel new york city lobby fireplace
bowery hotel new york city lobby
bowery hotel new york city lobby patio

Room

We booked a queen room (US$651 including tax per night), which had a beautiful, old school white brick wall behind the double bed with Bo, "the Bowery teddy bear" wearing the hotel's signature red vest and black pants, lounging on the bed. While you are invited to cuddle with Bo during your stay, if you want to keep him, he can be purchased for a whopping US$75.

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bowery hotel new york city bo teddy bear
bowery hotel new york city queen room

The room had a functional glass topped mahogany desk, but no visible power outlets (although there were quite a few near the bed), with a flatscreen TV on top. The only other furniture were two deep green suede chairs and a small brown circular writing table, which was just enough to seat two people with one dish each in front of them. 

The Boy was clever enough to specially request a corner room, so we had two floor-to-ceiling windows framed with the typical black New York window frames, which let in a significant amount of natural lighting.

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The best thing about the room was the impressive bathroom, because The Boy had requested a room with a bathtub, which adequately fits two people. What I loved most was the old school brass taps and shower handle in the shape of a vintage telephone. The bathtub rested against the back wall, which opened up to a pretty view of the crossroad below. With brass taps and a brass soap dish, and white lamps hanging above the bathroom mirror, the bathroom is gorgeously retro-meets-vintage.

bowery hotel new york city bathroom bathtub
bowery hotel new york city bathroom bathtub

As an added bonus, the amenities were plentiful and beautiful, with Co Bigelow Apothecaries lemongrass products and even traditional Marvis toothpaste.

bowery hotel new york city bathroom bathtub
bowery hotel new york city bathroom bathtub

Service

The service was slow but friendly, with the people at the reception remembering our room number when we approached them to check out. The only disappointment was that check in was supposed to occur at 3 pm, but we weren't given our room until 3:40 pm.

Dining

The restaurant on the corner of the hotel, Gemma Restaurant, looks as though it is not connected with the hotel in any way, but it is in fact the hotel's Italian dining option. While the restaurant was bustling and quite full on Saturday, we managed to get seated for lunch without a reservation.

bowery hotel new york city gemma restaurant
bowery hotel new york city gemma restaurant
bowery hotel new york city gemma restaurant
bowery hotel new york city gemma restaurant

The food was delicious: I had the baked eggs with tomato and basil in a hot pan (basically a shakshouka) that came with a slice of crisp sourdough bread for dipping into the deliciously gooey mess, while my companions had a classic Bowery Burger with grass fed brisket and truffled fontina, and a creamy and decadent pasta with eggplant. 

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bowery hotel new york city gemma restaurant burger
bowery hotel new york city gemma restaurant pasta

  1. Definitely request a corner window room - these rooms have beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows that let in a lot of natural light. Be warned though, you will hear the traffic noise at night.
  2. I wouldn't recommend the queen sized bed if you and your significant other are large - I'm 5 ft 4 and The Boy is 5 ft 9, and it was a bit of a tight squeeze.
  3. Apparently you are not permitted to take photos in the lobby - and you will be asked not to if you try!

xx Carmen

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