I agree that your best options come down to choosing between The Jewel (location) or the Hotel 50 Bowery NYC (new hotel with incredible reviews). Personally i would probably take the Hotel 50 Bowery NYC since it's not every day that you have the opportunity to stay at a hotel that is 5.0 TA rated... but if somebody were to take The Jewel instead i could understand that as well, each has their own merits, and not as if we're choosing between a Red Roof Inn vs. a Ritz Carlton where there would be an obvious winner.
Very few NYC hotels have pools as the real estate is just too expensive to 'waste' on something that is not directly revenue producing, i would forget about this or it's going to leave you with very few options (if any). As well, hotels with 5.0 TA ratings are also very rare, so if you're hoping to see another hotel that is thiis highly rated to choose between the two, i don't think you're likely going to see it. With so many hotels in NYC (nearly 500 reviewed by TA) i think you're fortunate to see one that is within the top 10 and you're not likely going to see another... likely not another in the top 25 or 50.
We can't see the hotel name either, but if you look around the board, we have a very good track record of the hotels we research... and what is the downside, some other 5.0 TA rated hotel? I think you have a pretty good 'safety net' under you with this one given the high TA rating.
Keep i mind that if you do like any of the options above you should try to make a decision sooner rather than later, otherwise HOTWIRE can make the decision for you by the hotel no longer appearing the next time you search (or appearing at a much higher price that no longer makes it a viable option)
Please remember to return to BetterBidding and use the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board to begin your travel purchases... or thru our sister site MAPSandHOTELS.com for your regular rate purchases.
Let us know what you decide and how it goes or how we can be of further help.