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Last updated: 31 October, 2022

Still one of the most happening places in the city, and groundbreaking when it opened on The Bowery in 2007, this is a crowd-drawing boutique hotel with a hot lobby lounge bar and event scene.

The restaurant is a lovely indoor/outdoor space that hums with residents and locals every night. By contrast, the rooftop-view rooms are light, airy, with simple, relaxing luxury furnishings.

It’s superbly situated between all the most exciting downtown neighbourhoods; the Pivotal location abuts the East Village, Lower East Side, Greenwich Village, NoHo and NoLita.

It’s ideal for a first visit, and especially those wanting to be in the thick of the funkiest action.

Surrounding area

The Bowery itself and side streets around the hotel are vibrant with people buzzing between the hip cafés, bars, eclectic restaurants and small shops that make this neighbourhood so appealing in a laid-back and groovy way – day and night.

The low-rise buildings are non-descript but nicely old-fashioned and higgledy-piggledy. Wide thoroughfares are busy with traffic but the area is safe and clean compared with the old days of flophouses, drug deals and punk clubs.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: Nearby *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Best for ages: 4+ | Free | 90 minutes

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Best for ages: 4+ | £25 | 1-3 hours

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Best for ages: 13+ | £25

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Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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