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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed here twice some time ago while I was finishing up my Master's at NYU and commuting back and forth from Philadelphia. This place is good if you are not fussy about anything, have little to no luggage, and can either sleep through anything, or bring soft earphones so you can drown out the noise with a white noise...

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MJDempsey, General Manager at The Bowery House, responded to this review

Dearl Hollandtulips, Thank you for posting a review. I am sorry to hear that you were unhappy with your stay. We offer some of the most affordable accommodations in the NYC. As we are a hostel, we are priced well below a notoriously expensive NYC hotel. Guest safety is a major concern for us and wet floors are something we...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our experience with the Bowery House hostel could not have been worse. Upon check in, we were told that there had been a problem with our booking and that the rooms we had booked (two rooms with windows) were not available, instead we had been put into windowless rooms. We arrived at the rooms to find that they were essentially...

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MJDempsey, General Manager at The Bowery House, responded to this review

Greta M, Thank you for your review. My apologies for your experience. We are a hostel and renown for our attentive and caring Front Desk which is better than most hotels in NYC. I assure you that is was a most unusual situation and not typical of the service provided our guests. I will look into your reservation and speak...

Oslo, Norway
Reviewed 16 January 2017

The good: - Really nice people - Marvelous location! - Very clean - Felt very safe - Hip interior - Nice showers. Sharing bathroom was not a problem, and I'm not really too happy about showering in the locker room. - Great rooftop terrace Being there just made me feel instantly at ease and well. If you're not just after...

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 11 January 2017

The Bowery House is stylish and well equipped in terms of beds and amenities. The staff are super helpful and go out of their way to make you feel at home. The hostel is within walking distance of the subway and cool Prince Street. Beware, though, that the cabins have no ceiling so you will hear everything your neighbours are...

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Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

This room is basically like staying in a communal hostel/dorm with paper thin walls and no ceiling. Cabins are like living in a cardboard box with a bed in it. Offers no privacy, no peace and quiet. You literally have to whisper to have a conversation, you're not allowed phone calls in the rooms, food or drink because it wake...

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MJDempsey, General Manager at The Bowery House, responded to this review

Dear Chelsea M, Thank you for your stay and review! Our hostel on The Bowery started as the Prince Hotel in the 1920's. We are in a historic NYC building and have stairs to the front desk. Let the bellman help you with bags next time so it is easier for you. As a hostel, we provide very economical accommodations...

Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

The staff at the Bowery are brilliant and the location is great, easy access to the subway and several decent bars and restaurants are nearby in Chinatown, Little Italy and SoHo. However, this is not enough for me to return to the Bowery and I certainly would not recommend the Bowery to anyone else. The website is misleading, the building...

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MJDempsey, General Manager at The Bowery House, responded to this review

Dear sophieanneodell, Thank you for your review and stay. I am so glad you enjoyed the location and the brilliant staff. Our hostel on The Bowery is a very economical option when visiting NYC. As you experienced, staff will address and solve any problems you might experience. You said there were noisy guests and staff took care of it. As...

Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

I had a last minute visit to NY and found this as one of the only places available under USD200 per night. I had an original cabin. Do not stay here if you have a choice. Although the location is convenient the area is grungey. The 'cabins' are in fact more like cabinets - you have a single bed with...

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MJDempsey, General Manager at The Bowery House, responded to this review

Dear Georgia L, Thank you for your stay and review. We are a hostel and offer cabins that are compact and affordable. We also have larger cabins and cabins with windows as well if you care to spend a little bit more. I'm sorry you were unhappy with the accommodations. I'm sure that you could have spend much, much more...

beijing
Reviewed 22 November 2016

If you're looking for a hostel experience that's a cut above, this place is awesome. The private partitions give each guest privacy and your own space, secure luggage storage etc. in a way you can't get at a hostel. However, you still have the noise levels of your average hostel (earplugs highly recommended) as everyone is effectively sleeping on one...

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MJDempsey, General Manager at The Bowery House, responded to this review

Dear cal o, Thank you for your review! We are a small independent hostel on the historic Bowery. We offer the traveler a tremendous value in a great neighborhood. Your experience is one we would like all travelers to NYC to experience. Stay in our hostel, enjoy the public areas and use the money you would have spent on a...

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 18 November 2016

I first came here this summer for a friend's wedding. I have to say its exterior is better than the interior. It looks spacious and elegant from outside.I'm stayed in a room and enjoyed their lovely accommodations as well. Thank you for your hospitality.

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MJDempsey, General Manager at The Bowery House, responded to this review

Dear _simouins-rouger, Thank you for your FIVE STAR REVIEW! We love to take care of our guests and believe in providing genuine hospitality to our guests. As a hostel, we focus on helping our guests enjoy the city and see the sights that are of interest to them. Our affordable prices allow you to spend money enjoying the city instead...

Wiesbaden, Germany
Reviewed 15 November 2016

If you stay there on your own it might be OK. I am 1,86 meter (6.1 foot) tall and I coulndn't stretch myself out in the bed. Well, if you want to visit NY and don't give a fork on the appearance of your hotel room this is your place. Staff is friendly and helpful. You will hear every noise...

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Dear Beckedorf, Thank you for staying with us at The Bowery House. Our Original Cabins are the smallest and can be tight for tall people. Next time, book the Twin Cabin which is an affordable single cabin, it just has a larger single bed. We are a hostel and not a hotel, just to be clear. We offer clean, comfortable,...

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Staying in Nolita

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Nolita
Despite being just off of busy Houston Street, Nolita maintains a low-key vibe that makes it a pleasant retreat in the heart of lower Manhattan. Short for “North of Little Italy,” Nolita was once considered to be part of Little Italy. Today, the neighbourhood is popular with young fashionistas popping in and out of the chic independent boutiques that line Mulberry, Mott and Elizabeth Streets. In addition to shopping, there are cozy restaurants and sidewalk cafes serving everything from new-school Italian food to the world-famous cronuts. While small in size (Nolita stretches just a few blocks in each direction), it’s a great neighbourhood to spend an afternoon people watching, window-shopping, and grabbing a bite to eat.
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Our property, 220 Bowery, was built in 1927 as a manufacturing building. It operated in this capacity until it was reborn as The Prince Hotel in the 1940’s to serve as temporary lodging for soldiers returning home from World War II. All floors of The Prince Hotel were rebuilt with single room cabins that were just large enough for a bed and storage of essential items. The bathrooms were made communal so that the hotel operators could maximize its occupancy and house as many soldiers as possible. With its prime location and easy access to vices such as gambling, prostitution and saloons - some of the soldiers never left and decided to make the majority of the 200 cabins their long-term homes. It was in these single rooms that many of the Bowery’s most eccentric characters lived for decades adding to the lore and drama of New York’s former skid row. At The Bowery House, we have decided to preserve and restore every detail of the remarkable 1940’s cabin craftsmanship and in turn provide unique, authentic and historic accommodations to travelers from around the world. Part museum and part hotel, we hope you enjoy not only the neighborhood but also the living history that is The Bowery House. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Bowery House

Address: 220 Bowery, New York City, NY
Region: United States > New York > New York City > Nolita , Manhattan
Price Range: $111 - $325 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Bowery House 2*
Number of rooms: 110
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“Bring earphones with white noise app you can wear all night! you will be able to sleep better”
 of 5 bubbles Hollandtulips, 4 Feb 2017 | Read review
“If you MUST stay here, ensure that you book a room with WINDOWS”
 of 5 bubbles 648gretam, 29 Jan 2017 | Read review
“quieter rooms are furthest from the bathrooms”
 of 5 bubbles FazielahWilliams, 11 Jan 2017 | Read review
“In my opinion you don't need to book a room with a window.”
 of 5 bubbles Beckedorf, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a bathrobe - there's no space to dry off properly in the bathrooms. This will save you getting your clothes wet!”
 of 5 bubbles 12AshleighK, 14 Oct 2016 | Read review
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