Each guest room is unique and has hardwood floors, Oushak rugs, 400 thread count Egyptian cotton bedding and rich velvet drapes. Not pictured is actually one of my favorite things - warehouse windows from floor to ceiling, reminiscent of a loft.

Doormen greet you with these fun, red coats which remind me of a 1940's bell hop. The red bikes are available for use by guests. Notice the windows behind him.

A lobby of the senses...brush your hand across the soft velvet fabrics with the warmth of the fire and furniture arranged for intimate conversations.

The bar...notice the glamour of the mirrored ceiling, the soft fringe on every chair and the deep reds throughout for a sumptuous feel.

No plastic key cards containing your life data. Just a simple key with a fancy tassel encouraging you to make life interesting!

Great design is in the details. That applies to most anything but definitely when speaking of a boutique hotel. The Bowery Hotel is on the Lower East Side of New York City. If you want to walk outside the lobby to luxury shopping, this is probably not the hotel for you. However, if you like hip hotels with plenty of luxury and style inside, pack your weekender bag and head East. People who flock to boutique hotels are not only paying for high-thread count sheets, mini Marvis toothpaste and tasseled key chains, they are paying for the way it makes them feel and the experience that is burned into their memory. The New York Times described the hotel restaurant, Gemma, as "an unlabored panache that makes an evening go down very easy." Based on pictures and words, I am sold. I think I should travel around to designer hotels for a living and report back don't you? I mean, it's the least I can do to accurately drool over well designed spaces!

Photos: The Bowery Hotel & No Alice No Blog