The Sohotel boldly proclaims that it is the longest continually operating hotel in the city, and that may well be true. It was first known as the Westchester, then as the Occidental – where it served as the headquarters for corrupt Tammany Hall politician "Big Tim" Sullivan – and then the Pioneer, before its current incarnation as the Sohotel, a cute and casual place to stay in a cutting edge part of town.
The surrounding neighborhood, known as the Bowery, is one of the city’s oldest and most historic thoroughfares. It was downtrodden for many years but has experienced a renewal of late, abetted by the construction of the New Museum, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architecture firm SANAA, located just three blocks north from the hotel. The Sohotel is also right near Little Italy and Chinatown, and it's a short walk to the Lower East Side and SoHo.
Located on the corner of Broome and Bowery, the 99-room hotel’s interiors have been updated and modernized, but a sense of the area’s history remains. A short staircase leads to the second-floor lobby, which has a sitting room with self-serve tea and coffee, and is decorated with eclectic light fixtures and funky zebra-striped chairs. The rooms range from 100 to 200 square feet in size and fit from one to five guests. All are appointed with wood furniture and wooden window shades, 32-inch flat-screen TV’s and marble bathrooms – the C.O. Bigelow bath products are a nice touch – and some even have exposed brick walls. It’s a comfortable place for those looking to stay in a hip and happnin' neighborhood.
Students, foreign travelers, and those with an eye on the bottom line will appreciate the Sohotel’s simple yet comfortable rooms and easy access to Little Italy, Chinatown, the LES and SoHo.
SoHotel Location Information:
341 Broome St.
New York, NY 10013
B, D to Grand St.; J, Z to Bowery
This rustic bar and restaurant serves American craft beers, 36 of which are on tap, along with organic pub fare for lunch and dinner. It is closed on Mondays.
Room service is available on a limited basis.