Hotel 50 Bowery opened in May on Manhattan’s oldest street -- a thoroughfare that evolved from an American Indian trail into a posh promenade lined with art galleries, upscale condos and legendary nightlife venues like CBGB.
The newly constructed hotel has quickly become one of our favorite spots for those looking to explore the Lower East Side’s landmarks without sacrificing the cutting-edge amenities modern travelers look for. This summer, Travelzoo members visiting New York City can be among the first to stay at Hotel 50 Bowery with our deal that saves more than 40% on weekeend stays.
The hotel is Joie de Vivre’s first New York outpost
The high-end boutique chain has 24 hotels spread across the country and has built a reputation for casual yet chic properties with top-notch restaurants since the brand launched in 1987. This latest venture currently tops TripAdvisor’s rankings of more than 400 hotels in the city
. The Big Apple debut means loyal customers visiting NYC can earn complimentary hotel stays through the Joy of Life Club.
Pays homage to its Chinatown address
The surrounding neighborhood is a crossroads of cultures, and guests can explore their diverse surroundings within the hotel as well. The Gallery on the second floor houses a permanent exhibit curated by the Museum of Chinese in America entitled “Heart of Chinatown,” showcasing artifacts from the property’s colorful history as a tavern, apothecary, gambling den and vaudeville theater. Asian-inspired menus, furniture and even bathrobes are also found throughout the premises.
Historic hot spot
A Colonial-era pub frequented by George Washington, as well as Manhattan’s first beer hall opened by German immigrants in the 1850s, occupied the grounds during the city’s early history. Today, a 5,000-square-foot urban park, Atlantic Garden, is named for the beer hall and offers outdoor seating with Wi-Fi surrounded by greenery.
Springboard from Chinatown to nearby neighborhoods
The hotel is an excellent jumping off point to visit the adjacent neighborhoods of SoHo, Tribeca and Little Italy. Twelve subway lines stop within a 10-minute walk of the property, making the rest of Manhattan and Brooklyn easily accessible.
A new perspective on the lives of New Yorkers
Visitors can get a first-hand look at what life was like for some of the city’s poorest residents at the Tenement Museum, reachable in a 15-minute walk. Less than a mile from the hotel, guests can visit the 9/11 Memorial commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that took the lives of nearly 3000 New Yorkers.
Views of the skyline, East River, Brooklyn and Queens
While all accommodations have floor-to-ceiling windows (double paned to keep out traffic noise), those on the ninth floor and above have unobstructed skyline views. The Manhattan Suite offers a private terrace practically hanging over the Manhattan Bridge.
Interiors match the views
The room décor reflects its Chinatown surroundings with industrial materials, Asian-inspired snacks in the minibar, dragon-embossed robes, graffiti prints and artwork curated in collaborated with Exhibition A, founded by fashion designer Cynthia Rowley and her husband, gallery owner Bill Powers.
Exotic flavors, locally sourced
Foodies hoping to sample cuisine from local restaurants don’t need to make reservations. Instead, Caviar delivers meals for en suite dining. Slated to open later this summer, Rice & Gold will serve Asian-centric cuisine from Three Kings Restaurant Group, the team behind Brooklyn and Manhattan hot spots like Talde, Atlantic Social and Massoni.
Until then, head to The Crown, on the hotel’s 21st floor
After a day running around the city, guests can kick back on one of two outdoor patios at the swanky rooftop lounge with cocktails and 360-degree views stretching from the gleaming towers of Midtown to Williamsburg.
Four-legged family members are welcome at the hotel, which is near multiple parks where dogs -- and their owners -- can play and stretch their legs. In-room amenities don’t forget about Fido, either: Furry guests receive their own beds, toys and treats.