This month I visited one of my favorite cities in the world. On my first trip to NYC post-COVID, I really wanted to see how the city has changed or stayed the same and how the city and properties are keeping their staff and their guests safe.
I was super excited to stay at the CitizenM Bowery mainly for the amazing views that you get from your bedroom. The skyline of NYC is one of the reasons I love the city so much. Waking up to it every morning was the best feeling ever.
CitizenM Bowery is located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The property is one of the tallest in the area so the views from each room aren't disrupted. It also provides an amazing view from the rooftop bar, CloudM. Right outside the door is Little Italy and Chinatown so you're always surrounded by amazing food as close as a block away.
I flew into Newark and the Lyft ride was about 35 minutes, but it's also 25 minutes from LGA and 40 from JFK.
Check in was SUPER easy with the CitizenM app. I was able to check in on my way there from the airport. When I got to the property all they had to do was check my ID (especially important now to upkeep COVID tracking). Otherwise I was able to finish everything on the self-service computers and create my key. I was done with the check in process in about 3-4 minutes.
Having worked front desk at a hotel before, I loved how the front desk attendant wasn't stuck behind the desk but was out in the lobby at a safe distance always ready to help.
When going to the elevator, there was a staff member in the elevator area that was regularly wiping down the buttons and highly touched areas. You need your room key to operate the elevator.
I was staying in the room by myself so there was definitely enough space for me but the rooms are compact, which is to be expected in NYC. Even though the rooms are smaller the bed is HUGE. I melted into it every night and fell asleep instantly.
The bathroom is enclosed and the shower is amazing. It's a waterfall shower head with great pressure and got hot enough for my liking (and I love my showers hot hot). There's also built in body washes specifically for AM and PM that I really liked.
Everything in the room is op