Coming from a country where even the slightliest perceived negative tone of voice towards customers can lead to a employee being chewed out or, believe you me, even bullied by management into quitting, I would advice none of my countrymen to go there for the service. From personal experience, I find Asians can be notoriously stoic and reticent, but you'd expect something so social as running almost any business to make them a wee bit more customer-friendly, like servicing you with a smile, basic manners like saying 'Please', 'Thank you', 'Have a nice day' etc. and a less condescending demeanor if there's been a mix up or some such inconvenience. The staff nearly looks at you as if you've just crawled out of their toilet.
Speaking of which, one was clogged with toilet paper the entire time I was there. Another bathroom floor was covered in dirty water from someone who had just showered.
They should also mention that there is no individual room AC, at least not in the 1 person room where I was and it was really hot at night.
Grand Bowery Hotel is a great hotel to start off your journey as a lonesome light traveler.
It is cheapspensive place, meaning that it's cheap compared to the high-end hotels located on Manhattan, yet way more expensive than cheap hotels located outside of Manhattan. So if you're a cheapskate, yet want to be in the center of it all, Grand Bowery Hotel is the place to be.
The rooms are very basic, extremely tiny, but clean, and provided with basic amenities such as soap, toothbrush and paste.
It is centrally located near Little Italy and Chinatown, a good walking distance from the Financial District and almost any part in the Lower Manhattan area.
Near the hotel, the ethnic make-up is definitly Asian American, so expect to find lots of fine exotic eateries and shops.
Grand Bowery Hotel offers any itinerant light traveler a cheap but comfortable night's sleep.