Former "Skid Row" digs for the "down and out" have become an alternative rest stop for trendy budget-minded travelers.
Originally built as the Prince Hotel in the 1920s, The Bowery House carries a history nearly as variable as Bowery Street itself. Converted into a halfway house of sorts for returning World War II soldiers in the 1940s, this renovated property has retained its unique cabin layout, with rooms such as the Elizabeth and Nolita, offering same-sex bunk-style accommodations, while the Museum and the Bowery sleep up to twelve. Greater privacy is offered in twin cabins designed for one and full cabins built for couples. The Prince room, equipped with a queen-sized bed, is the largest and most well-appointed option. All bathrooms are shared. A communal living room area, with deep cushioned leather couches, books and a large-screen television, along with snacks and beverages for sale and Wi-Fi availability, are among the amenities. The restaurant, Pearl & Ash, offers small plates that span the globe. With its original light fixtures, exposed brick walls, windows looking onto the fire escapes of brick railroad-style buildings and rooftop garden high above the concrete pavements, this hotel is a monument to a unique bit of New York City history in a part of Manhattan where Chinatown, NoLita, Soho, the Lower East Side and Little Italy converge.
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