Design Hotels 2008

by Danielle Pergament


The scheme: Antidote to minimalism

The scene: The Bowery Hotel, New York City

Minimalism may have finally worn out its cold, hard welcome. Cool as it may be to cozy up on a cushionless couch made of packed cardboard, we're happy to report that the tide is turning. And all this maximalism is washing up at the Bowery Hotel in New York City. Worn wood floors, whirring ceiling fans, exposed brick walls, plush velvet drapes, and thread counts in the gazillions—the general vibe at the Bowery Hotel is more prewar than post-comfort. We don't mean to suggest that other elements of design are not front and center here: Floor-to-ceiling casement windows, huge terraces, outdoor showers, and marble bathrooms are hardly the trademarks of a country inn. But this place—with its delightfully cozy and candlelit in-house trattoria, Gemma—proves that comfort and design make very compatible bedfellows.

The Bowery Hotel
Tel: 212 505 9100
Doubles from $425

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