Alex Catarinella

The Bowery Hotel

New York

by: Alex Catarinella

  • Why

    R&R. Why? Because I'm worth it.

  • When

    On a freezing Thursday night.

  • Who

    Just me, myself, and I.

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Highs + Lows

  • If you’re into the downtown fashion-y scene or just wanna be a part of it for a night or two, this is your place. Example: I’ve seen both Rosario Dawson and Alexa Chung chilling in the dim lit lobby bar countless times on previous visits. As for this stay, I saw an Olsen exiting the hotel during one of my cigarette breaks. Also, in the morning on another cig break before check out, paparazzi were chilling on the sidewalk waiting for someone special who was not me.

  • The food is amazing and room service is 24/7. The mini bar is on point too. I may or may not have consumed an entire jar of olives and caramel corn.

  • It’s my favorite hotel lobby in the city, decorated like my dream apartment. A really great spot to do work on your laptop or read a book during the day whilst munching on a caprese salad or such. At night, try to grab a couch with your homies and drink it up either for a pre-game or for a nightcap after the club. Did I mention there’s a fireplace?

  • When you book your room, I suggest getting a corner room like I had because of the priceless views. Incredible natural light.

  • The bed and the bath = so heavenly. Bed, bath and BEYOND, for real.

  • There is not a pool, but I don’t swim anyway. My only semi complaint is I wish the Bowery would open the rooftop for smokers. Can you imagine those views?! (Actually, I can. In my younger years, I may or may not have snuck up there a few times. DM me for tips on how to do this.)

: 47/50
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  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

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  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

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Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury boutique hotel.

  • Vibe

    A super downtown fashion world kind of scene, albeit in a chill way. There’s no one dancing and spilling drinks -- it’s all about lounging on the sofas and having an inebriated laugh.

  • Location

    335 Bowery. My favorite part of town.

  • Rooms

    135 rooms

  • Music

    It’s low, if there is any at all. It’s better that way… to eavesdrop on the designer-clad folk hanging in the lobby and all of that fun stuff.

  • Year Opened

    2007

  • Designed By

    Designed by owners Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode. Besides the hotel bed and tub, I want to own everything in the lobby -- the plush couches, the light fixtures, the carpets, the fireplace. Give me everything.

  • Pool/Gym

    No pool, but there's a fitness room.

  • Restaurant

    Yep. Gemma. One of NYC's finest.

  • Bar

    Yes. Very charming, sexy, fun, hip, etc., etc. Great for pre-gaming, a date or a nightcap or three.

  • Wifi

    Yes and free and fast.

  • Children

    Please don’t. But according to the site, there’s a babysitting service.

  • Price

    Typical for the location and the hotel’s level of greatness. Worth it, but if you can’t afford it, just chill in the lobby for a few drinks and a cheese plate (and celeb sightings if you’re into that).

In the Area

If you wanna switch it up from eating/drinking at the hotel restaurant, Gemma, you can walk across the street to my favorite street in the city, Bond Street, and eat at Il Buco.

Il Buco

47 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

If you wanna switch it up from eating/drinking at the hotel restaurant, Gemma, you can walk across the street to my favorite street in the city, Bond Street, and eat at Il Buco.

Also on Bond Street: grab brunch at my go-to spot, The Smile. I suggest the fig and <br>havarti sandwich.

The Smile

26 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

Also on Bond Street: grab brunch at my go-to spot, The Smile. I suggest the fig and
havarti sandwich.

Definitely check out The New Museum, which is a few blocks down on the Bowery, too.

The New Museum

235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

Definitely check out The New Museum, which is a few blocks down on the Bowery, too.

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The Bowery Hotel

335 Bowery, New York, NY 10003, United States

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