New York City : Sister City

Why we love it

We recently stayed at the new(ish)ly opened Sister City, a boutique hotel on the Bowery by the people behind the Ace Hotel. Similar to the Ace Hotel in NY, the spaces are small and efficient, stripped down to the essentials but then built back up with quality design and materials.

For example, the sink is tiny but it’s ensconced in cool terrazzo and situated in a cozy little nook with a beautifully designed mirror/light. Other custom lights in the space are by one of our favorites, Rich Brilliant & Willing.

In the room you’ll also find a glass bottle of filtered water by the bed (hooray, no plastic!), a Beoplay A1 bluetooth speaker (which charges via USB-C!) and a custom wood valet that was beautiful although we weren’t exactly sure how to use it.

The king bed terrace rooms offer the same expansive view of downtown that you get at the Sky Room at the New Museum (which is just a few buildings north) and the wall of windows are as impressive at night (we were basically sleeping under the moon) as they are during the day.

The location is super convenient to Nolita restaurants and shopping to the West, and Lower East Side restaurants and shopping to the East. There’s also a nice restaurant downstairs (Floret) with fresh cocktails and tasty but balanced food that is open all day with outdoor seating.

Unfortunately we missed Last Light–their bar with a view–on this trip… maybe next time! Like the restaurant downstairs, it’s also open to non-hotel guests and is located on the 11th floor.

Also loved the self-check-in kiosks, which let you create your own key cards and check yourself in. Waiting in line for another human to do this always feels so antiquated, and there are still plenty of staff nearby (who were all super nice) to help if you have any questions or need anything.


Boutique Hotel


New York City
Nolita / Lower East Side
225 Bowery

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