The Bowery
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Retro glamour
Five years ago, no one would have looked to the Bowery for Manhattan’s hottest boutique hotel, but the one-time skid row has come up trumps with this irrepressible hipster hangout. The Bowery Hotel's light, bright bedrooms capture the classic style of New York apartments (complete with moodily lit tiled corridors), and its art-deco-inspired Lobby bar is a homey, wood-panelled haven from the unsleeping city.No smoking (apart from on the fifth floor). Your shoes can be shined and your back can be rubbed – just ask.

The Bowery is a few blocks from the landmark Nuyorican Poets Cafe (+1 212 505 8183) in Alphabet City, the birthplace of the Nuyorican (a blend of New York and Puerta Rican) poetic movement and a great place to catch energetic slam poetry, theatre and alternative film nights.

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