Just 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) long, the Bowery is Manhattan’s oldest thoroughfare. But what was once the borough’s skid row is now a bustling neighborhood dotted with boutique hotels, museums and local eateries. And thanks to its convenient location between SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side, the Bowery is a perfect place to stay when visiting New York City. Below are some of the best hotels in the Bowery, NYC.
The Bowery Hotel
The rooms at the Bowery Hotel are light and homey | Courtesy of The Bowery Hotel / Hotels.com
Walking into the lobby of The Bowery Hotel feels like a step back in time. Dark wood walls and ceilings, lushly carpeted floors and an immense stone fireplace greet guests. But the cozy lobby is just the prelude to even more luxurious guest rooms, which boast marble bathrooms with antiqued brass fixtures, down comforters and pillows, and in-room spa services, upon request. Staying at The Bowery Hotel is a true escape from reality and is a relaxing oasis away from the busy Manhattan streets.
Visitors enter this quirky hotel via an original tenement-style building and ascend the 21-story tower from there. Each room in The Standard is outfitted with Italian sheets, huge windows (most rooms have floor-to-ceiling or wall-to-wall windows) and well-stocked minibars. As a bonus, this hotel is also pet-friendly.
Each of The Ludlow’s incredibly chic guest rooms has an ’80s NYC loft vibe to them. The bathrooms feature either a rain shower or a combined bathtub/shower that’s perfect for a relaxing night in. Hungry? Head down to the on-site restaurant, Dirty French, which serves bistro fare with a modern twist.
The minimalist SIXTY LES Hotel is the definition of luxury. During the warmer months, take advantage of the guest-only pool, which is surrounded by plush seating and cocktail tables. And when you need to squeeze in some extra relaxation, make an appointment at the hotel’s spa for a full-body massage or a facial by The Collagen Bar.
Originally opened as The Prince Hotel in 1927, this building was redesigned in the 1940s to act as temporary lodgings for soldiers returning home from WWII. The floors were rebuilt with single-room cabins large enough to hold only a bed and dresser, and the bathrooms were made communal. Today, The Bowery House has preserved those single-room cabins and much of the original craftsmanship from that period. Although larger cabins are now available to hotel guests, the original cabins are the best options for travelers on a budget and will give you a better sense of how New Yorkers lived almost 80 years ago.