Loved this hotel/hostel. Of course, rooms are tiny, shared bathrooms, but great decor and "hipster" feel. I'd recommend for young 20's to 30 somethings that aren't overly high maintenance. Great area!More
Loved this hotel/hostel. Of course, rooms are tiny, shared bathrooms, but great decor and "hipster" feel. I'd recommend for young 20's to 30 somethings that aren't overly high maintenance. Great area!MoreShow less
Thank you for the FIVE STAR REVIEW! We are proud to offer our guests value and great decor while visiting NYC. We know our guests enjoy the vibe and location of The Bowery House. We offer our guests high thread count sheets, Red Flower bath products, a nice lobby to relax as well as the Roof Garden to enjoy the sights of NYC. Throw in one of the best locations in Manhattan and you have a winning combination. We look forward to your next stay with us!
Matthew Dempsey/General Manager
In NYC for a solo weekend, had read about The Bowery House and decided to give it a try. I did not have high expectations so was not disappointed. At the same time, I was not pleasantly surprised. The experience was pretty much as generically expected based on reviews.
I stayed 3 nights, don't remember what the room type was called but it was a single bed with a window. I wouldn't stay in a room without a window. It would be too confining.
Predictably the busiest, noisiest night was Saturday night. The cube dividers don't go up to the ceiling and you can hear snoring and everything else that is going on and makes noise.
There was one main bathroom with 3 sinks 3 showers, 3 toilets and and another bathroom with a toilet and sink. The main bathroom had very poor lighting and the space did not work well when several people were in it. I don't use a hair dryer, I don't need a mirror for make-up, mostly I just want to be able to put on some moisturizer,comb my wet hair, etc. There were a couple women who would park themselves and their stuff in he best spots and would not give way or share. Likewise, there were women who would occupy the solo bathroom and act like i was their private space.
Staff were great, loved the location/neighborhood. I would stay here again but if so would try to get one of the corner rooms that have 2 windows and a full size twin bed.
Dear Msp Tripper,
Thank you for your stay! My apologies for the guests who took up the space in the bathroom. Our cabins with the windows are quite nice. Book early as they are popular and go fast. The Bowery House is in a great location as you experienced. Our staff are here to help you enjoy the city you came to visit. We hope to see you next time and safe travels!
Matthew Dempsey/General Manager
I am from NYC, but I live elsewhere and had to be in the city. I wanted cheap and clean. I got it. I would definitely stay here again when I need to be in the city.
Around the corner is Prince Street. Very posh with great restaurants, bookstores and boutiques (over priced). Bowery is a bit dodgy but not really unsafe. I walked back to the hotel at 1 am.
Yes, you do need to remember that the very cheapest rooms are not for the tall. Finally a benefit to being short. The ceiling of the rooms is open lattice so air can circulate. A few guys i met complained about a snorer on their floor, but my floor was totally quiet.
Take a morning shower, as the shower room was a bit flooded late in the evening from too many people not keeping the shower curtain inside the stall. The shampoo and soap smell really good.
Thank you for staying with us! Your review is much appreciated. Offering clean and affordable cabins to guests is very important to us, so glad you noticed! Prince Street is a real jewel and great street to eat and drink. Our shower products are Red Flower and all organic - our guests love it. We hope to see you the next time you are in the city.
The Bowery House is a hostel, not a hotel, and you need to understand this if you're going to book there. The cabins are basically wooden partitions between beds, so you have privacy & security that you would not have in a dorm, but there's still the noise.
The cabins are small - think of the beds you'd get on a train or a ferry, and you're probably in the right ball-park. However they are secure, so no worries there, and the bathrooms/showers are really lovely. Much has been said in other positive reviews, so I'm not going to repeat all that
Tips - (1) The female and male showers & bathrooms are on separate floors - you might want to request one on the same floor as your gender. (2) A room with a window costs a little more - don't bother, there's nothing to see from the window, and the height of the cabin walls mean that there's plenty of light everywhere (3) Earplugs are a must - noise carries, however hard people try to be quiet. (4) If you're having a take-out, take it up to the roof garden - there are tables & chairs there to use
I was there for 2 nights in July 2014, and I would say its great for a stopover like that, possibly would be a little cramped/noisy for a longer stay. When I told my friends in New York how much I'd paid for this, they were amazed at how cheap it was - if you're on a budget, this is a great place to stay!
Thank you for your recent stay and review! We are a historic boutique hostel that offers private cabins instead of a bed in a dorm style setting. We have offer our guests a lobby and spectacular rooftop in addition to a top notch location. Our prices are an amazing value when visiting NYC. We want our guests to enjoy New York. Our staff are glad to help in any way. As you mentioned, our cabins are very secure.
We hope you will stay with us again!
Matthew Dempsey/General Manager
I think some of the bad reviews on this site and other websites come from people who really don't understand what they're coming to or don't expect just how small the cabins are. The beds are small - I am 5'1''/155 cm tall and the bed was just about me sized: if you're taller or mind a small bed, do NOT get a cabin (I believe the other room options have bigger beds?). The cabins are also really really small; on the floor next to the bed there was enough room for my bag on the ground and for me to stand up. Since I'm short I also did not mind the open lattice ceiling; seriously, I'm not kidding when I say everything was "me-sized". I found it pretty amusing, actually. So I didn't really mind the small space at all. I will say that I was *slightly* surprised when I opened the door, but I did come in knowing it was small. I think this is what happens to the people that complain about how small it is - they don't realize how small it will be. But since I fit in just fine, I didn't really mind, haha. I thought it was pretty nice and cozy, actually.
That being said, I'm a soon-to-be college student that came here because I had to get into NYC one day early for my orientation due to time conflicts. It was $60 for one night and really, it's a cheap bed in NYC, which was all I really cared about. The cabin was cool, I enjoyed the historical aspect, and it was definitely an interesting place to stay in. The people at the front desk are super nice and friendly. Also, I don't know if it was just the particular night (Wednesday) I decided to stay, but it wasn't that loud at all. From other reviews I read, I expect to be woken up at 2 in the morning with loud drunk revelers, but the noise levels were bearable. You definitely do hear what other people are doing, and it can be a bit awkward if you're trying to open a noisy bag of chips and you're afraid of disturbing other people but it's all fine and dandy as long as you aren't being too obnoxious. I did get woken up at 2 am by some person or people slamming a bunch of doors, though. Dunno what that was about but I fell back asleep pretty quickly. If you're more easily disturbed, they do give you free ear plugs.
I'm not really sure if this place is accessible, I don't remember seeing any elevators or ramps or whatever, so please keep in mind that this place has about 3 flights of marble stairs going up to the cabins and check-in desk. I personally didn't need help with my luggage, but the people at the desk were friendly enough so I'm sure you could ask if you needed the help. There's a little "Bowery Bodega" near the counter which was nice when I needed a snack before I went to bed. I wish I had gone up to the rooftop garden! But I was a bit tired and it was also a bit hot that day and I spent a lot of time lugging around my bag and also had been travelling (which wore me out faster). I checked in, left my bags, went to explore Koreatown, came back, and pretty much just crashed in my room for the night. The bathroom seemed nice (didn't shower in it though) and the bed was actually really comfortable. My only objection was that the building wasn't like, super air conditioned (which I guess is understandable knowing the like. schtick of the building? plus it's not individual rooms with a/c) so if cold a/c is something you need, keep that in mind. I was kind of dying after I came back from walking around in 80 degree weather for a couple hours but the inside is definitely cooled down so I could manage. Other than that, I'd definitely like to stay here again, maybe check out one of the different room options just to see what that's like, and also check out the roof top garden!
Thank you for your stay and writing a review! Our cabins are traditional and economical for the budget conscience traveler. Cabins come in different sizes, so book a bigger one next time so you are more comfortable. We offer our guests a comfortable lobby and an exceptional roof top to enjoy during their stay (be sure to check it out next time). You are correct - we are always happy to help with luggage!
We hope to see you again,
Matthew Dempsey/General Manager