The Bowery Hotel

335 Bowery, New York, NY 10003, USA

Tastemakers and A-listers abound at this East Village mainstay, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2017. Travelers feel like insiders the moment they slip through the door, thanks to over-the-top service, celeb sightings, and a lobby design that recalls salon parties of bygone eras. The cool factor only continues upon check-in, when guests receive metal room keys linked to lavish, oversized red tassels. Each of the 135 rooms offers visitors a mix of lived-in comfort and luxurious detail, with everything from mohair-upholstered chairs, Turkish Oushak rugs, and hardwood floors to iPod stereos, hi-def televisions, and marble bathrooms with deep-soaking tubs. When hunger hits, guests can head downstairs for authentic Italian plates at Gemma and a nightcap at the Lobby Bar, a lower Manhattan staple known for its timeless ambiance and clever riffs on cocktail classics.

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Brunch Cocktails at the Bowery Hotel Bar

The trick is to visit the Bowery Hotel lobby bar outside of peak hours -- instead of Sunday brunch at the hotel’s always packed Gemma restaurant, for example, head straight through the lobby for the bar, which, itself, gets crowded and chaotic in the evening hours. With an atmosphere that evokes and old-timey Englishman’s hunting lodge and decor that features wood paneling, Persian rugs, and several dog-themed oil paintings, it’s a cozy place to sink into a Sunday paper and early cocktail.

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