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Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel
Ranked #267 of 468 Hotels in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 July 2011

My husband and I have stayed at this hotel several times and alway return here whenever we are in Manhattan. We tend to spend most of our time while in New York in the SOHO/Greenwich/NoLita area and find this hotel to be in a perfect location.

Lots of amenities within steps from the hotel - restaurants, shopping, subway, drug store, liquor store etc. The hotel has always been clean, the staff always friendly.

We are returning to this hotel next month and this will be our 5th stay here.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 July 2011

My sisters and I went to NYC for a few days and I booked this hotel by naming mybown price. Although the website clearly states that all rooms are based upon double occupancy, I figured we would be able to get a cot for the nights we were there. When we arrived the very friendly and helpful staff informed us that they didn't have any available cots, but they offered us the opportunity to upgrade to a King suite, which had a King bed, a pull-out couch, a dining area with fridge and microwave, as well as two flat screen televisions. While the upgrade was not free, it was very reasonable for the additional space and amenities. This room was huge and clean! The staff was exceptionally friendly and informative. The location of the hotel was fantastic. My sisters and I all agreed that should any of us return to NYC in the future, this hotel would be our first choice.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 July 2011

We had an great stay at Bowery Hanbee Hotel. The room was very clean and bed was fine. The airco in the room was pretty noisy so we had to turn it off through the night. The location of the hotel is excellent. Just a couple of minutes walk to the subway which brings you easy to the another parts of NY. What we didn't like is that the hotel charge for storage of the bags. We went just for 2 ours to the city after we checked out and they charged us $5 for each bag. It's a pity, because normally every hotel provide this complimentary.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2011

I always try and get a room here whenever I am in NYC. In a great vibrant neighborhood. Comfy rooms, big compared to the rest of NYC and usually under $150. I like the hardwood floors and flat screen TV's. Big bathrooms too. Very clean. Nice people work here too. Free breakfast. Convenient to the subway, Chinatown, and Little Italy.

Room Tip: The prices usually drop on the BW website - make an early reservation and then check back a few time...
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2011

After spending a short time in NYC and a 6-day-east coast tour with an American Touragency we (4 adoults) staied 1 night in this Hotel. I booked it on the booking.com.
The Hotel has a good area at the board of Chinatown and Little Italy. You can reach easily every corner of New York City with the subway from there. The staff is very polite, helpful and nice. Our room was a quite small, but very clean with comfortable beds and it is worth its prise.
I am looking forward to going back!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2011

After a long vacation from Brisbane, Australia which included many cities in north America, our final destination was New York. We were therefore in a position to make good comparisons on the hotel accommodation (mainly 3 star) we experienced on our trip. The Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel won hands down, and in future trips to New York we will not stay anywhere else.

The staff were the most pleasant and most genuinely welcoming of any staff at any hotel we stayed at across USA and Canada. This attitude was across all staff designations from the front desk, the cleaning staff and the concierge. They all shone and all appeared to love their job - a rare feat in the hospitality industry!

The room we had was on the fifth floor and was very comfortable with a good bed, writing desk, big flat screen television and good size shower. We did not get any traffic/street noise and although the air-conditioning unit was inside the room it was not noisy and didn't cause us any problems.

Location is phenomenal - right at Little Italy and Chinatown. Forget Times Square (where we stayed last trip), this is the far better experience. The italian restaurants in Mulberry and other streets offered the best Italian food we had tasted and all moderately priced. In addition a block away to the left of the hotel in Grand Street is a great cheap Malaysian restaurant called Nyonya.

The subway is literally one block to the right and on the opposite corner for the uptown trains and subways also handy for lower manhatton. Also great shopping on Broadway a short walk away.

Breakfast is only continental, but trust me there is plenty of good places around for a cheap hearty breakfast.

To summarise - the best pub we stayed at in North America - mainly because of staff and location, but the rooms were also comfortable and quiet. We will definately be staying there again. Can't wait.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2011

My husband and I stayed here for six nights as part of our honeymoon in April 2011.

The hotel is well located, within walking distance to Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho, shopping, restaurants and art galleries. If you don’t mind walking a little further afield, we also walked to Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street, Greenwich Village and TriBeCa from here.

There is a subway station about a block away, with trains going direct to places such as Rockefeller Plaza, the American Museum of Natural History and Brooklyn. We found that with subways and walking we didn’t need to take taxis anywhere.

A word of warning: most airport pick-up and drop-off services won’t come this far so you’ll need to get a taxi or a taxi and a shuttle when going to and from the airport. If you don’t mind carrying your bag up a few flights of subway stairs, the AirTrain is also a good option.

Check-in was easy although we were disappointed to find that even though we had booked well in advance and for six nights, we had been put in a dark room right next to the lifts (elevators), which was very noisy. Fortunately, when we complained we were put in a better, brighter room away from the lifts and had no further issues.

One plus of staying here is that breakfast is included, with a good range of cereal, bagels, waffles, coffee, juice, etcetera. Although the fruit runs out quickly and breakfast in New York wouldn’t be that expensive anyway, it’s still a good bonus.

The staff here vary in terms of helpfulness. One staffer told us they didn’t have maps for Brooklyn, which made it difficult for us when we were walking everywhere. We ended up getting lost and were very frustrated when we returned to find a different staffer with a large pile of Brooklyn maps which would have come in handy a few hours earlier. They also tried to dissuade us from taking the AirTrain to the airport and encouraged us to book an expensive private car instead. We chose the AirTrain and it was fine (and much cheaper).

The only other thing I didn’t like about the hotel is that they charge a fee to hold your bags, which is annoying if you have a large amount of time between check-out and your flight home and don’t want to cart your bags around the city.

All in all, I’d say that while this isn’t a fancy hotel, it’s pleasant, in a good location and good value, especially with breakfast included. I think it’s worth saving the money on a more expensive hotel as you won’t end up spending much time in your room in New York anyway – it is, after all, the city that never sleeps.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 231 Grand Street, New York City, NY 10013-4246
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Chinatown , Manhattan
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#181 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#187 Family Hotel in New York City
#217 Business Hotel in New York City
Price Range: £114 - £306 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel is located in the heart of Chinatown. It is a modern seven story non-smoking hotel with 102 guest rooms. Many of the guest rooms overlook the streets of Chinatown. The property serves a complimentary continental breakfast daily. For the guests convenience all rooms have hairdryers, iron and ironing board, coffeemakers, clock radios, telephones with voice mail and in-room safes. The hotel offers free wireless and hardwired high speed Internet ... more   less 
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