staycation: hotel 50 bowery
Serendipitously-timed meetings had both my mom and aunt in town, which called for a weekend of NYC fun.
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.