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The Best Western is on a not-too-popular street in Chinatown; the banks on the ground floor (Chase and Capital One) are the only signs in the vicinity not written in Chinese characters. But it is on one of the tidier parts of Chinatown -- a bit removed from the fish markets, knockoff vendors, and excess garbage -- and sights like the New Museum of Contemporary Art and the quaint (if overpriced) restaurants of Little Italy are just a few blocks away. To the north, there is the trendy new Thompson LES and a bit of a hip Lower East Side bar scene. Some of the nightlife does trickle down into Chinatown, which has a handful of swanky, but discrete, bars and lounges.
Clean, comfy, and far more stylish than the typical Best Western
Located well outside the conventional tourist zone in Chinatown -- close to Little Italy -- the 102 clean white guest rooms at the Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel are significantly more stylish than most hotels in its price range. And given its bright fitness center, free Wi-Fi, and free breakfast, it's an excellent pick.