When the foundations for this new hotel were being excavated, this Chinatown site turned into an unexpected archeological dig. Artifacts from the 17th to the early 19th century were found, hearkening back to the taverns, gambling dens, and vaudeville theatres that once stood here. And you can still see all those objects: 50 Bowery partnered with the Museum of Chinese in America to create a permanent gallery about the history and culture of Chinatown on the hotel’s second floor. That respect for the neighborhood is evident throughout this newcomer: large, splashy paintings by Beijing graffiti artist Dake Wong adorn the hallways, guestroom walls have a subtle blue-and-white pattern (meant to evoke traditional Chinaware), and archival photos of the neighborhood hang everywhere. But you could have no interest in Asian culture and still enjoy a stay. Rooms are wonderfully spacious with floor-to-ceiling windows, rain shower heads, and chic contemporary décor. And the on-site amenities are many, including a very good gym, a year-round rooftop bar with 360-degree views, and a quality Chinese restaurant on the first floor. One warning: In the basement there's a live music club, so ask for a room above the third floor to escape the thumping base.