As a born and bred New Yorker, I take my love affair and memories of the city very seriously. New York is an ever changing city. Sometimes those changes are for the good and other times.. well, not so good. Given all the changes, finding the parts of “Old New York “ can be hard to find. There are certain parts of the city that have changed for the better and also kept the nostalgic charm. One of the areas is the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It has had huge amounts of re-gentrification, but also kept the grit of New York City.
One of the diamonds is the Bowery Hotel. Located on Bowery between East 2nd Street and East 3rd Street. It is unassuming in its exterior and mystic and warm on the interior. The lobby has warm dark woods with vintage upholstered sofas. It is like walking into an aristocratic family members drawing room or a private club. It is a luxury boutique hotel. The key to the guests rooms are big and heavy. The kind you want to hand back to the front desk when leaving the hotel. It looks like a real key but is actually electronic.
When I entered my Bowery King room facing east, it was quiet. It was comfortable and made me think this is going to be a great place to call home for the night. The room has floor to ceiling windows with black trimmed panes bringing in lots of natural light. A small table with two comfortable chairs are placed by the window. The original craftsmanship of crown molding, arch ways with stained glass are within the room. There is lots to do and see in the area with wonderful shops, restaurants, and galleries. I found myself wanting to stay put looking at the city from the windows within these wonderful walls. The night sleep was restful in an incredibly comfortable bed. The type you feel no rush to get out of and start the day.
The service was attentive and friendly. The Bowery Hotel has a fitness center, Gemma Restaurant serving Italian cuisine. They also have a beautiful bar. There are 135 rooms comprising of Queen, King, Suite and One Bedroom. The fantastic smelling products are C.O. Bigelow.
I understand why this is a favorite hotel among young Hollywood and people working in the creative fields. This is not your big tour groups hotel.
The hotel is easy to access other parts of the city. Astor Place subway station is a five minutes away. Cabs are easily available. You will want to walk and see all the East Village, Greenwich Village, NOHO and SOHO have to offer.
The Bowery Hotel is a favorite for being understated luxurious and keeping a bit of Old New York alive.