First Look: For the Aspiring Bowery Bum

Like the Jane and Ace hotels before it, the Bowery House (220 Bowery, nr. Prince St.), opening officially August 20, has taken over one of New York’s historic rooming houses and transformed it into a boutique hotel for the stylish but frugal traveler. In this case, the building was one of the Bowery’s infamous SROs, which opened in the forties to house soldiers returning from World War II and became gradually bedraggled from there. Now, the redone lobby features Chesterfield sofas and a custom-made desk and coffee table. Photo: Waseem Ghattas

Dog-tag key chains pay tribute to the soldiers who once lived here. Photo: Jillian Goodman

The bathrooms have undergone some significant improvements and now feature heated floors, Carrera marble sinks, and bath products from Red Flower, located just around the corner on Prince Street. Photo: Waseem Ghattas

Single cabins have just enough room for a bed and essential belongings. There are also twin- and full-size cabins available. Photo: Jillian Goodman

Flea-market-sourced antique Mason jars are the basis for the light fixtures in each room. Photo: Waseem Ghattas

Posters pay tribute to various periods in Bowery history, referencing the Bowery Boys street gang, the Skid Row years, and the punks who used to flock to CBGB just a few blocks north. Photo: Jillian Goodman

Cabins start at just $59 a night, a real bargain given its location on the cusp of both Nolita and the Lower East Side and directly across from the New Museum (shown here from the hotel’s roof). Photo: Jillian Goodman

First Look: For the Aspiring Bowery Bum