The Ludlow Hotel
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Newcomer
- The hotel opened to the public in June 2014
- Cushy bathroom perks include Maison Martin Margiela bathrobes and Red Flower amenities
- Free WiFi
- The curated minibars are stocked with everything from Sixpoint Crisp beer to candy bars from local cult favorite Economy Candy
What To Know
- The Ludlow is the latest to join Hotelier Sean MacPherson’s NYC fleet, which includes city mainstays the Bowery, the Jane and the Maritime
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Situated next door to a glass-paneled luxury apartment building of the same name, the Ludlow Hotel is sultry and cool in comparison. Enter the mosaic-floored lobby, passing such standout pieces as a Manhattan-shaped coffee table with a grass centerpiece denoting Central Park. The subway-tiled space is anchored by a fireplace, a wraparound red leather couch and modern brushed gold chandeliers, giving off the air of an impossibly chic friend’s living room.
Bed and Bath
The 175 guestrooms span 20 stories, and all share the same bohemian-luxe decor found in the lobby. Expect geode-like marble side tables topped with Tivoli radios, hip graphic curtains and uber-comfortable four-poster beds adorned with white feather duvets. Capitalize on the prime downtown views by booking a 365-square-foot Skybox guestroom, which has a separate sitting area with shearling-topped velvet armchairs and nearly floor-to-ceiling views from three windows. The black-and-white bathrooms are standouts: They’ve got copper fixtures, Margiela bathrobes and rain showers with cheeky oversize windows.
The primary focus beyond the guestrooms is the ground-floor restaurant and adjoining bar, Dirty French. The latest project from the Torrisi team (of Torrisi Italian Specialties, Carbone and Parm fame), Dirty French serves classic French fare with Cajun and Moroccan touches — think Provençal fish with Cajun spices, or rotisserie lamb with cumin. The team also had a hand in the adjacent Lobby Bar, which serves expertly mixed cocktails under the direction of ZZ’s Clam Bar alum Thomas Waugh. Relax by the fireplace with a Pigalle cocktail (made from ancho chile, bourbon and bitter aperitif) or, better yet, head out back to the charming courtyard. Overhead, glass lanterns hang from black trellises; grab a spot on the couch and peer into Dirty French’s exposed kitchen. After feasting and boozing, work off the gluttony at the 24-hour fitness center on the 20th floor.
In the Area
The Ludlow is positioned on prime Lower East Side real estate. Start the day off with a cold brew and chia seed breakfast pudding at El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette, or get your art and caffeine fix simultaneously at (Blank), a coffee counter that serves Intelligentsia brews in the back of a gallery space. Looking for something heartier? An offshoot of the historic Houston Street storefront of the same name, the Russ & Daughters Café just opened on Orchard, slinging some of the city’s best smoked fish platters and Bloody Marys (garnished with caraway and rye croutons). The LES is also home to some of the city’s best boutiques: Reformation for cool girl dresses, Pixie Market for one-of-a-kind pieces, and Extra Butter for hardcore sneakerheads. For dinner, do inventive Mexican at Danny Bowien’s Mission Cantina, the rotating list of farm-to-table sandwiches and craft beers at Black Tree, or the cult-worthy ramen at buzzy newcomer Ivan Ramen. Afterward, go dancing with the beautiful types at Leadbelly or the margarita-buzzed masses at Pianos.
How to Get There
Nice hotel with a definite hipster vibe. Lots of food options nearby. We had a room with a bathroom that had both a separate tub and shower which was super nice. Hotel does not have its own parking lot, but has a share option with a lot across the street.
The lobby, lounge/garden area, and rooms were all beautiful, and the price for a room with two separate bedrooms (even if a little small) was pretty incredible. One star taken off for a couple of small issues- service at the bar and lounge area was very slow even when not busy and sitting at the bar alone with the bartender, getting an elevator always took awhile, rooms were a little dark, and the water in the shower never quite got hot. But overall a wonderful hotel option in NYC!
We stayed at the Ludlow for 6 nights in June, this hotel is gorgeous! The decor and fit out it beautiful. From the moment we walked in it was a wow! The room are small bit have also a lovely fit out. The view was nice i would mot say it was anything fabulous but it was view. The bathroom was small with a great large shower head, only bigger enough for one person to be in there at a time and you had to close the door to use toilet and shower. We found out the day before we left you could get a clothes rack to hang you clothes which would have been great to know on day one- as the wardrobe is tiny.
The girl and front desk was lovely, she was friendly and gave a run down on places to eat in the area. Nothing seemed to much trouble. The other staff - they said good morning/ good evening but other than that were quite unapproachable.
There is a gorgeous lounge and under cover court yard that is lovely to fit at and have a very over priced drink at. We did that once or twice but paying $60 aussie for two drink was a little over the top. The restaurant at the hotel Dirty French had a great feel- even though you couldn’t read the menu it was so dark, we order steak frits and asparagus side and it was amazing!
Great first night meal in NYC.
The location of this hotel in the Lower East Side across the road from Katz deli was a funky area with a cool young crowd we love the location- except getting around on the subway system was difficult from here - especially if you not back by 8.30pm - the train line would be closed on weekends and you has to take two different lines to get where you want to be. We spent lot of wasted time travel to the site in Manhattan. This hotel was any cheaper than the ones in Manhattan - overall as much as i loved this hotel and thought it was stunning for convenience it would be better to stay uptown while site seeing and then head to the Ludlow once you are done.