New York, United States

Hotel 50 Bowery

Rates from (ex tax)$217.66

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD249.76), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Eastern urbanite

Setting

Chinatown champion

Sino-inspired Hotel 50 Bowery is a sleek landmark high-rise smack-bang in the heart of New York, with bustling Chinatown and the Manhattan Bridge on its doorstep. Inside, avant-garde design mixes with authentic Chinese touches; abstract artworks hang on the walls, and legions of fortune-cat ornaments are lined up in dim-sum driven restaurant, Rice & Gold. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase views of the Empire State and friends, with 360-degree panoramas from the rooftop cocktail bar, the Crown. 

Smith Extra

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The King’s Platter – a full American breakfast of eggs your-way, bacon, garlic potatoes and toast – served daily at Rice & Gold

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

229, including five suites.

Check–Out

Noon, check-in from 3pm, but flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $217.66, excluding tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $3.50 per room per night on check-out and an additional resort fee of $22.89 per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD217.66), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates don't usually include breakfast, but lucky you: the Smith Extra is exactly that.

Also

There’s an in-house gallery curated by the nearby Museum of Chinese in America, which showcases the history of Chinatown, the immigrant experience, and a collection of MOCA-selected black-and-white photographs. These compliment the art collection curated by Exhibition A and nAscent Art.  

At the hotel

Gym, free WiFi. In rooms: TV, minibar, air-conditioning, Soundfreaq Sound Rise alarm clocks, Bluetooth speaker (suites only), Jonathan Adler bath products.

Our favourite rooms

For the best views, book a room higher up in the building, and pick your preferred aspect – west-facing get killer sunsets, while north-facers look up towards the Empire State Building. Pick a City View Double with corner windows for the best of two worlds.

Packing tips

A mini Mandarin picture dictionary – this is Manhattan’s most authentic and most immersive immigrant community.

Also

The hotel meets and exceeds requirements for guests with mobility issues – all common areas are ADA-compliant and some rooms have extra facilities for wheelchair users.

Pet‐friendly

Pets are welcomed with open paws – pups are given their own plush beds and bowls, free of charge. See more pet-friendly hotels in New York.

Children

All ages welcome. Baby cots (free) can be added to all rooms. Baby bedlinen, highchairs and playpens can be provided on request. Ask the concierge team for advice on local kid-friendly activities.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

The tables in the centre of the room are best for buzzy ambience, or stick to the wall-side booths for more privacy.

Dress Code

A quick lesson in Chinese superstition: red brings happiness and good luck, yellow stands for power and prestige, and green is for wealth and fertility. And infidelity. Choose accordingly.

Hotel restaurant

Rice & Gold is a cavernous Asian-American restaurant with an all-day menu overseen by chef Dale Talde and the team from the Three Kings group. Polished-gold tanks hang above the poured-concrete floors and cartoonish wall art adds to the playful, urban feel. Pho soup dumplings and candied-pork buns star on the dim-sum menu, while jerk hoisin duck is a hearty sharer for dinner.

Hotel bar

The Crown is (unsurprisingly) at the very top of the hotel, with a copper-accented 21st-floor lounge and two roof terraces. The cocktails are Asia-inspired: beat the heat with the summer-cooler, East India (with gin, Pimm’s, ginger, lime and lemongrass), or revamp tradition with the Black Dragon Tea (a vodka-spiked blend of oolong and green tea with spiced kalamansi). Pair your choice with small plates of guac or calamari, and enjoy them with panoramic views on the side. 

Last orders

Rice & Gold serves breakfast from 7am to 10am, lunch from 12 noon to 3pm, and dinner from 5pm to 11pm (midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays). At weekends, the brunch menu is available from 11am to 3pm. The Crown bar is open from noon to 11pm.

Room service

Any time the restaurant is open, any dish from the menu can be brought to your room.

Location

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Address
Hotel 50 Bowery
50 Bowery
New York City
10013
United States

Planes

International flights usually arrive at New York’s largest airport, JFK. From there, it’s a 45-minute taxi ride to the hotel – private transfers are around $75 each way (contact Smith24 to book). Alternatively, fly into LaGuardia airport (30 minutes by cab), or Newark airport (45 minutes by cab).

Trains

The nearest subway stations are Canal Street (reached via the 4, 5 and 6 lines) and East Broadway (on the F line), which give easy access to all the sights uptown and downtown. For intercity travel, head to Penn station for the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) out to the Hamptons, or Grand Central for trains upstate.

Automobiles

There’s a reason taxis are so popular in New York – nobody wants to drive unless they’re getting paid for it. If you insist on hiring a car, get one from the airport, where the prices are lower and the traffic is (slightly) less intimidating. The hotel offers a valet parking service for $55 a night, or $65 for SUVs.

Worth getting out of bed for

The world is at your doorstep. Walk up Mott Street through Chinatown and Little Italy, or lap up Jewish heritage (and cuisine) in the Lower East Side. If the hotel’s in-house exhibition has given you a taste for Chinese culture, head to the Museum of Chinese in America, or book in at the Tenement Museum for a glimpse into immigrant communities of a bygone era. High-street and high-fashion shops are a few minutes’ strut away in SoHo, while independent boutiques and vintage thrift stores are concentrated in the arty East Village.

Local restaurants

For an authentic, no-nonsense Chinatown experience, grab a table at the ever-busy Shanghai Café (100 Mott Street) – don’t expect white-glove service, but do expect heaving plates of superlative noodles and stir-fry. Scarr’s Pizza (22 Orchard Street) is by no means a typical New York pizza joint, but it excels in a different way – crispy, deep-dish pies are loaded with hit-the-spot toppings and served in a buzzy retro atmosphere. La Esquina (114 Kenmare Street) is a Mexican restaurant for any occasion – upstairs, the fast-casual café serves tacos as good as any in NYC, while down in the basement there’s an upscale restaurant and tequila bar.

Local cafés

Green juice is never greener than at veggie specialist, The Butcher’s Daughter (19 Kenmare Street); they know exactly what they’re doing with the vegan brunch and lunch dishes, too. Parm (248 Mulberry Street) does one thing, very, very well: parmesan-heavy sandwiches, with chicken, meatballs or aubergine. No trip to NYC is complete without a cheesecake; there’s none better that Eileen’s (17 Cleveland Place), which is baked and served whole (full-size or miniature) in dozens of flavours.

Local bars

Smoky gold mirrors and plush velvet upholstery set the tone for refined cocktails and dancing under the disco ball at The Blond (11 Howard Street); its parent hotel 11 Howard isn’t half bad either. Way, way down on the other end of the spectrum, 169 Bar (169 East Broadway) has a loose N’Orleans theme and all the grimy allure of an old-world NYC dive. Start the night with a soul-jazz happy hour, and finish with a paper plate of fried dumplings. Apotheke (9 Doyers Street) makes cocktails which are truly unforgettable… unless you have one too many. The apothecary-styled bar adds Chinatown herbal remedies and aphrodisiacs to some concoctions, and makes its own absinthe using sugarcane grown upstairs in the rooftop garden.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this high-rise hotel in the Big Apple and unpacked their chopsticks and bamboo bowls, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hotel 50 Bowery in New York…

If there’s one neighborhood which thrusts you – like it or not – into the rollocking tempo of New York City, it’s Chinatown. It’s an all-out assault on the senses, from the sounds of the clattering subway overhead and street vendors competing for attention, to the smells of spice markets and dumplings fresh out of the fryer. Hotel 50 Bowery – at the junction of the Bowery, Canal Street and the Manhattan Bridge – is at its core. The site itself has a long and colourful history. In the 1700s, the Bull’s Head Tavern stood here – first a meeting place for cattle drovers (that’s right, this urban jungle was once pastoral farmland), and later a rendezvous point for George Washington’s revolutionary troops. Later, it was a gambling den, house of ill-repute, and fast-food outlet. In 1974, businessman Joseph Chu bought the site; the 22-story hotel that stands today is the culmination of a decades-long regeneration project.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hotel 50 Bowery’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The location was good and the rooms are nice.

Don’t expect

To receive your Smith reward. I don't know if it was the hotel or Smith but the hotel was unable to redeem my Smith reward of breakfast at Rice Gold. This was extremely disappointing.

Rating

Stayed on 11 Mar 2018

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