Hotel 50 Bowery NYC Review
The Hotel 50 Bowery is a JdV branded Hyatt property in New York City’s Chinatown. It is a new build with 229 rooms. A category 5, the hotel costs 20,000 points per night. I had booked my night at the Gild Hall – a Thompson Hotel using a Category 1-4 Free Night Certificate on Thanksgiving; however I was “walked” when I arrived around 11:30pm as they had overbooked.
Note that there is a $15+tax daily “destination fee” on top of any room rate.
Hotel 50 Bowery is located at 50 Bowery in Chinatown. Across the street from the hotel is the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge in to Brooklyn and makes for a pleasant walk (though can be a bit loud with the subway trains that speed by next to the pedestrian lane).
There are some great restaurants nearby, including Joe’s Shanghai just next door (tip – order via Doordash to avoid the long line and then walk next door to pick it up when ready).
My biggest problem with the location is that it isn’t the most convenient for the subway.
I (and another couple) arrived by Uber just before midnight on the evening of Thanksgiving. The staff didn’t know that guests from Gild Hall were being moved to 50 Bowery so I don’t blame them for any issues I experienced. A room was made ready after a few minutes. I asked about breakfast for Globalists, and the staff seemed surprised. He had me write down my World of Hyatt number and said I would get an email with a voucher to order my breakfast. He also gave me two bottles of water.
I asked for a late check out and he said he would put that in for me.
I was assigned to room 322. Floor 3 is the first guest room floor and my room was in the elbow of the building. I believe it was smaller than the standard rooms due to the location. I am guessing they don’t typically place guests in the room as it is probably the worst room in the hotel. There were standard suites available, but I think with the change from Gild Hall, they weren’t aware of my status when I checked in. Or just didn’t really care since it was late and they felt they were being inconvenienced.
The door opens immediately in to the bedroom.
The bed faces a desk (with a mini fridge – empty at the moment) and TV.
A closet is adjacent to the door. Lights automatically turn on when you open the closet. One robe was provided.
The decor of the room was modern with wood floors rather than carpet. I don’t know exactly what the JdV brand is going for, but it felt similar to a Centric property though brighter than some.
There is one small window at an angle wall. The view looked out to a courtyard.
A barn style door leads to the bathroom. It is an odd shape, with a little hall down to the sink and the shower and toilet squeezed in to the right. It felt cramped.
The shower had both a handheld and wall mounted shower head.
The bath products were Malin+Goetz except for the shampoo which was Jonathan Adler.
On the second floor there is a common space – both indoor and outdoor patios. During the morning they had various beverages and snacks. They host weekly special events in the space as well.
They gym is in the basement and I noticed that they have a couple of Peloton bikes. Due to Covid, you had to ask at the front desk for a key to use the gym.
There is a rooftop bar, “The Crown”; unfortunately it is locked until 4pm so it can only be used during opening hours at night. It was closed when I arrived and didn’t open up until I checked out.
I’m not sure what the hotel does for Globalist breakfast during non-Covid times but for right now they use a take out service from a local diner. Around 2:30am I received an email with a $40 voucher for the service. The $40 doesn’t go very far as there are some fees (and high prices).
You ordered online and the food was delivered to the lobby. The service worked well and the food arrived when I requested it to.
I ordered French toast, scrambled eggs and potatoes, fruit cup and orange juice and my total was just under the $40. The quality was mediocre; comparable to a Hyatt Place breakfast.
Overall the hotel was fine for one night. I don’t blame the property for disappointing room; though it would have nice for the front desk staff to check my membership number. I gave them my Hyatt Visa along with my ID at check in so they could have checked. The breakfast is disappointing; they need to figure out a better qualify source if they are going to stick with the ordering service.
I imagine some of the rooms have fantastic views (at least from the photos on the website), and the bar looks very cool. I wouldn’t go out of my way to return to the property, but if I had a reason to be in the area of Manhattan I don’t think I would purposefully avoid it either.