Before moving to NYC I’ve visited New York City five times staying in a different hotel or apartment each time.
In Manhattan, it’s very hard to find a decent hotel for a reasonable price so unfortunately all the hotels and apartments I stayed in were pricey. Besides renting a pricey Airbnb studio with no window on the Upper East Side close to all famous museums (not so good experience because of the subway they were building right in front of the apartment) and a more affordable but extremely small room on the Lower East Side (clean room, not so clean bathroom) I stayed in the Park Lane Hotel (36 Central Park S. Midtown East), a large classic hotel with small rooms for a high price but perfectly located if you like Central Park, shopping on Fifth Avenue and visiting the city for a first time. I also have seen the Milford Plaza Hotel, I believe now called Row NYC (700, 8th Avenue between West 44th and West 45th street) a modern very impersonal hotel with even tinier but cheaper rooms, located in the heart of the theatre district around the corner of Time Square.
THE BOWERY HOTEL (355 Bowery, between east 2nd and east 3rd street. Lower East)
But out of all the hotels I stayed in, the Bowery hotel located on the border of the Lower East Side and East Village is definitely my favorite. A stone’s throw away from bustling Saint Mark’s, Soho and Chinatown, ideal if you like food and shopping like I do. If you’re more into museums and tourist attractions, I would recommend staying in Midtown.
Location: a short walking distance from Soho, Noho, East Village, Sain Marks and Chinatown.
Room: The north-facing room 705 with a view on the Empire State Building and a marble-tubbed bathroom that opens onto a spacious private terrace is supposed to be the best. Like most hotel rooms in the city, my queen size room (the cheapest available) was small but beautiful. Except for a water cooker and a hairdryer there was everything I needed; a tv, wifi, magazines, newspapers, soap, shampoo, toothpaste , cookies and an umbrella. Also the room had a French/ Italian feel, not like a typical hotel room. I loved the interior.
Service: Fantaaastic! The staff really makes you feel welcome
Decor and ambiance: The hotel has a very 1920s French/ Italian feeling with a classic but stylish decor. The hotel staff wears Charly Chaplin Costumes. The lobby bar has lot’s of couches to relax. There is a special area in the back for hotel guests and a great backyard as well. The cocktails are great but pricey.
Restaurant and bar: It’s restaurant Gemma is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in town. My favorite dish is the Foccacia Robiola (with white truffle oil, creamy robiola. $ 13). A strong truffle flavor with a thicker crust but oh so delicious.