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staycation: hotel 50 bowery

staycation: hotel 50 bowery

Serendipitously-timed meetings had both my mom and aunt in town, which called for a weekend of NYC fun.

While the weather may have been dreary, views from the rootop of the newly opened Hotel 50 Bowery did not disappoint.

While the weather may have been dreary, views from the rootop of the newly opened Hotel 50 Bowery did not disappoint.

Since moving to northern New Jersey last June, I've made it my mission to visit Manhattan as often as possible.  While it's just a 45-minute train away, planning a night out in the city can be a bit complicated.  So, on Friday morning, I found myself spontaneously booking a hotel stay for us to fully enjoy the unusual occasion of my mom, aunt and I all being in the tristate.

With it being a same-day reservation, I knew I needed to be open-minded about availability.  So, while I'd usually go through a travel agent, I decided to try an app I have had on my phone for awhile but not yet used, called Hotel Tonight.  Known for securing last-minute deals on top-rated properties (you can only book 7-days out), I love that they have a limited and fairly priced selection.

There were a few solid + predicable options at reputable mega chains, but whenever possible, I prefer opting for boutique properties.  Subsequently, the listing for Hotel 50 Bowery was a no-brainer.  Not only are they a part of the Joie de Vivre hospitality company, but in just a month of being open, they'd managed to be ranked #20/468 hotels in NY on Trip Advisor*.  I had to see what it was all about.
*When I booked on 6/16/17, they were ranked #20, on publishing date of 6/20, they had moved up to #8 on the TripAdvisor rankings.

 

Having had the chance to stay at several top hotels over the past few years thanks to my work in the industry, I am [unfortunately] a pretty tough critic.  This includes first impressions.  So, when a hotel excels at greeting and check-in, I am immediately more keen to give credit where it's due.  Hotel 50 Bowery checked all of the boxes, including a highly personable check-in and room orientation in which Jonathan escorted us to our 5th floor stay and acquainted us with the well-thought out features.

Beyond the local artistry and Jonathan Adler bath amenities, I adored the vibe of the room.  While small — 260 square feet — I've come to expect the compact size of NY hotel rooms (unless you have the pleasure of snagging a suite!), the 50 Bowery truly made the most of the space. The attention to detail was fabulous; from the rain showerhead, to reading lights on the bed to steamer in the closet, we had everything we needed.

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