#9 Best New Hotel for Romance 2008: The Bowery Hotel
The French have a phrase for it — nostalgie de la boue -- "nostalgia for the gutter." Others might call a trip down to New York City's notorious Bowery "slumming." But that only proves they haven't visited it lately.
Skid Row is quickly going upscale, and The Bowery Hotel is the first hotel to take advantage of the area's rapid gentrification.
Today The Bowery Hotel, where rooms are as pricey as in good midtown hotels, stands across the street from the Salvation Army and a few steps from the district's remaining flophouse. Tomorrow its neighbors will be trendy restaurants, boutiques, and expensive condos.
For the time being, though, it's what's inside The Bowery Hotel that counts -- a large but cozy lounge with a fireplace, a popular restaurant, and light and airy guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and large marble bathrooms.
Amenities — stereo iPod player, flatscreen TV, DVD and CD players (DVDs available at the front desk), wi-fi — do more than appeal to technophiles; they make it easy for couples to nest here and make the world go away.