The Bowery House

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The Bowery House
The Bowery House entrance staircase.
General information
Location 220 Bowery, New York City, New York 10012
Coordinates 40°43′19″N 73°59′37.5″W / 40.72194°N 73.993750°W / 40.72194; -73.993750Coordinates: 40°43′19″N 73°59′37.5″W / 40.72194°N 73.993750°W / 40.72194; -73.993750
Owner Alessandro Zampedri
Sanford Kunkel
Management Z/K Hospitality
Technical details
Floor count 4
Floor area 1,600 m2 (17,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Developer Z/K Hospitality
Other information
Number of rooms 104
Number of restaurants The Bowery Kitchen

The Bowery House is an historic hotel on the Bowery in the Nolita neighborhood of New York City established by Italian race car driver Alessandro Zampedri and American real estate entrepreneur Sanford Kunkel.[1]


The Bowery House third floor lobby.

220 Bowery first opened its doors as The Prince Hotel in 1927. By the 1940s, in an era when the Bowery was known as New York City's "Skid Row," the hotel had been transformed to accommodate soldiers returning home from World War II. All of the floors were rebuilt with single room cabins, bunk rooms, and communal bathrooms to maximize occupancy and the hotel became more akin to a flophouse. While these rooms were meant to be temporary lodging, guests of The Prince Hotel could indulge in all of the vices that the neighborhood provided and many of its occupants stayed on for extended periods of time. It is these very residents that would later add the lore of the Bowery.[2]

Since the 1990s the area has been reviving. The establishment of high-rise condominiums and the emergence of upscale businesses on the Bowery marks a new era for the ever-changing neighborhood. Part museum and part hotel, The Bowery House strives to preserve the rich history and integrity of the original structure while simultaneously providing chic accommodations for travelers from all over the world.[3]


Room keys at The Bowery House.

Cabins: There are three types of cabins at The Bowery House: Original Cabins, Twin Cabins, and Full Cabins. The most abundant room type is the Original Cabin, outfitted with 69" beds.[4] The Twin Cabins contain twin-sized beds and the Full Cabins sport full-sized beds. All of the cabins contain mason jar lights, Bowery-themed artwork, and restored latticework ceilings.[5]

Bunk Rooms: The Bowery House contains five bunk rooms: the Museum Bunk, facing The New Museum, the Bowery Bunk, the Peppers Bunk—named after one of The Prince Hotel's longtime residents, the Nolita Bunk, and the all-female Elizabeth Bunk, named after the street that it faces. The bunk rooms can accommodate anywhere from six to twelve occupants.[6]

The Prince Room: The Prince Room is the most exclusive room at The Bowery House, equipped with a queen-sized bed and modern amenities. Its name is a tribute to the building's prior establishment.

Pearl & Ash[edit]

Pearl & Ash is The Bowery House's restaurant.


  1. ^ Burmon, Andrew (12 January 2012). "Race Car Driver Alessandro Zampedri Goes From Crash To Crash Pads". The Huffington Post. 
  2. ^ "First Look: For the Aspiring Bowery Bum". New York Magazine. 
  3. ^ Barry, Dan (12 October 2011). "On Bowery, Cultures Clash as the Shabby Meet the Shabby Chic". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Sachs, Andrea (3 January 2014). "Bed Check: The Bowery House hotel in NY". The Washington Post. 
  5. ^ Greenfield, Beth (24 October 2011). "Cheap New York Hotel the Bowery House Offers Flophouse-Chic". Forbes. 
  6. ^ "Travel and Hotels: The Bowery House". Time Out New York. 

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