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. 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 which is located 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 drawing room or a private club.
The Bowery Hotel is truly a luxury boutique hotel and is not for big groups. The key to the guests’ rooms are big and heavy, the kind you want to hand back to the front desk when leaving. It looks like a real key but is actually electronic. When I used my key to enter my 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. 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 Bowery Hotel has a fitness center, the Gemma Restaurant serves delicious Italian cuisine, and there is also a beautiful bar. The hotel has a total of 135 rooms and each is fully stocked with fantastic smelling products from C.O. Bigelow. I understand why this is a favorite hotel among young Hollywood and people working in the creative fields.
There is lots to do and see in the area with wonderful shops, restaurants, and galleries. The hotel is easy to access other parts of the city. Astor Place subway station is a five minutes away and cabs are easily available. You will want to walk and see all the East Village, Greenwich Village, NOHO and SOHO have to offer. However, I found myself wanting to stay put, looking at the city from the windows within these wonderful walls.
I highly recommend The Bowery Hotel for several reasons:
1. It is quiet, especially on the East side of the building.
2. The public areas are beautifully decorated and give you a feeling of escape.
3. It is a great downtown location with a neighborhood feel of the Lower East Side.
4. The service is attentive and strives to keep a bit of 'old New York' alive.
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