With all of the sparkly lights, haute shops, and celeb sightings, it's sometimes easy to forget all of the rich history underneath New York's flashy veneer. But for those of you who seek out blasts-from-the-past, the newly opened Bowery House is a can't-miss destination for history buffs. Co-owners Alessandro Zampedri and Sanford Kunkel have revamped what used to be The Prince Hotel—a temporary lodging for soldiers returning from World War II in the 1940s—into a chic hotel that preserves many of the buildings' original details.
Although the rooms are just as small as they always were, several of them have been gussied-up with 300 thread-count sheets and other luxe touches. But for those of you who want to go old school, you can stay in their "original cabins", which have been restored down to every last historic detail (tall people: this means beds that are slightly shorter than standard twin size!). All of the bathrooms are communal—we know, it's not ideal—but they feature Italian marble floors, designer fixtures, and bath products from Red Flower, so you won't feel too bad about sharing. We also love that you don't need to have the wallet of a movie star to stay in this old soldier's home: Single and shared rooms start at just $59 a night. Okay, now for the most important detail: This unusual hotel has been booked solid nearly every night since it opened last month, so click here to reserve your room—did we mention that rates start at only $59?! Trust us—we paid more for a room and a history lesson in college.
The Bowery House, 220 Bowery (between Prince and Spring streets); 212-837-2373.
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