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Hotel The Bowery House Hotel 2 star
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220 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 New York, United States of America -
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We thought, when we stopped by The Jane Hotel back in January of 2011, that we'd seen the smallest rooms in New York. At the time we were almost certainly right, however, since The Bowery House has opened, the West Village hotel has been toppled from the podium by this new Nolita number. One of the most original properties in the city, it offers basic, affordable accommodation in a one-of-a-kind, historic building. Far from glamorous, the glorified hostel is strictly for those who are purely looking for a place to sleep. Yes, there are a few nice touches and a rooftop terrace, but The Bowery House is most suited to individual, care-free travellers or groups of friends who plan on spending the lion's share of their time out on the streets of NYC. We love the concept, but make sure you realise what you are letting yourself in for before booking! A place to stay at least once in your lifetime!

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    Location 5.29 /10

    The Bowery House has a great location, especially for those who have already done that traditional tourist circuit around midtown. Situated at number 220 on the Bowery, equidistant from East Houston and Kenmare Streets, the districts of Nolita, SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the East Village are on your doorstep. Things have improved vastly in the area since the days when this part of town was known as skid row, exemplified by the opening a couple of years back of the New Museum of Contemporary Art. While Manhattan's principal attractions may not be next door, you're closer to Brooklyn and FiDi and things are a lot calmer down this way. There are several subway stations within just a few minutes' walking distance from the hotel whose lines can take you anywhere you wish to go. JFK airport is 19 miles away, La Guardia 10 miles and Newark 14.

    Accommodation 5.20 /10

    There's no getting away from it: the accommodation at The Bowery House is basic and miniscule. There are essentially three types of room: cabins, bunks and one regular (yet nonetheless tiny) private double room. None, aside from the Prince room (the double), have walls which reach the floor's ceiling, meaning the rooms are open at the top. The most standard original cabins must measure all of three metres squared, if that, and feature a single, army-style bed although the linens are far superior to what the former resident soldiers must have been used to. The windowless wooden walls are whitewashed aside from a single green stripe which runs along the middle and have a hook and a Bowery-themed movie poster on them. There is a small dresser in the corner, a plug socket, mason jar lamp and a couple of Ralph Lauren towels placed on the bed, that's it! The twin cabins do have a window, but, misleadingly, only sleep one, while the full cabins also have windows and sleep two and also have Ralph Lauren bath robes.

    There are five different bunk rooms which sleep between 2 and 12 people. Two of these are unisex (one for boys, Nolita, and one for girls, Elizabeth) which each sleep six and have individual lockers. The other three bunks are Museum (which sleeps 8 and has a view of the New Museum of Contemporary Art), Bowery (which sleeps 12 and also looks onto the Bowery) and Peppers (the only of the bunk rooms which sleeps 2).

    The only completely private room is the red Prince room, which although still very small indeed, has a double bed, its own WC, a chest of drawers, flatscreen television, individual heating and Ralph Lauren bathrobes.

    All rooms share bathroom facilities. There is one bathroom per floor each with three monsoon showers, three marble vanities, two WCs, a heated black and white checkered floors and Red Flower toiletries.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    You'll have to keep your eyes peeled as you walk or ride down the Bowery as, unlike most hotels, there is no real frontage to speak of, aside from the hotel's logo on the shutter (although this may not necessarily be down). Once through the door it's up a few flights of marble stairs, at the top of the first of which is a medieval-looking chandelier. Once at the top, you'll walk into the hotel's lobby area. Immediately on the right is the sturdy metal reception desk topped with reclaimed wood and staffed young and beautiful hipsters behind their iMacs who could just as well be guests here. On the wall behind the desk is a board from which hang the keys to the rooms, each attached to a dog tag-style chain. The main part of the room is taken up by a quartet of dark brown chesterfield couches arranged around an oriental carpet and a simple wooden coffee table. Above hang more of those chandeliers found in the stair well, while, breaking up the monotony of the green painted walls are several wallpapered sections in a black and white motif. A flatscreen television, magazine rack and drinks dispenser line up along one side of the wall while in a small room adjacent to the lobby is a tuck shop selling snacks and other essential items such as plasters.

    The only other public area of the hotel is its rooftop. Covered in astroturf and with some furniture strewn out across it, this is a pleasant space to come out onto and take the in the surrounds of the Bowery, especially at night when the fairy lights are switched on. There is no real view to speak of, however, one can see the New Museum of Contemporary Art across the way and look down upon the mix of hip passersby and the local Chinese catering wholesaler owners.

    There are two floors at The Bowery House, one for men and another for females. Each one is somewhat of a maze and it might be a challenge to find your room for the first couple of nights, especially when lights are out. As there is no lift, those with lots of/heavy luggage may have to make several trips up and down the narrow stairs. The property is clean and tidy and is very calm during the day when everyone is out and about - probably a good time to get some rest in if you're feeling especially weary.

    Food and drink

    For the moment The Bowery House doesn't have a restaurant. They do, however, plan to open an American comfort food affair downstairs. More information on that as soon as it comes in!

    To know

    The building that today houses The Bowery House was first opened back in 1927 as The Prince Hotel. Then, during the '40s, it was converted into lodgings to house US troops returning from war, in order to help them reacclimatise to life in the States, hence the reason for the miniscule, military-style rooms and the shared bathrooms. The hotel opened in August 2011 and was the brainchild of Italian former Indy car driver Alessandro Zampedri and his associate Sanford Kunkel whose background is in real estate.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning

    advantage

    • Budget accommodation in a trendy neighbourhood
    • Architecturally interesting

    disadvantages

    • Probably the smallest rooms in the city
    • Shared bathrooms
    • Limited privacy

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