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
- 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
Overall the hotel is super cool - I booked a room with a balcony, which was a great addition to an already cool room. Spacious and views of the city. I took a cocktail in the bar and brought it up to my balcony to enjoy :)
The bathroom and additions feel super luxurious. The bathrobe was Margiela - you can purchase them too if you want to take it. The room wasn't small or big, just right for NYC.
Rooftop is also very cool, I don't remember there being a bar there, but no reason you couldn't take a drink up there from the bar. The views are spectacular.
Location is awesome. Great fried chicken restaurant next door and the iconic Katz deli down the road which you have to try once.
They double charged my deposit which I didn't get back for a couple of weeks. I had to tell them about it, so that was rubbish. And took a decent amount of my spending money for my trip. They were also a bit laissez faire about the whole situation, which I thought was rude. So taking a star off an otherwise five star review.
Had to write this review as soon as I returned home from four luxurious nights in a Queen Loft room at The Ludlow. Every detail was sublime - from the bathroom soaking tub and the rain-shower, to the super comfortable bed and linens. It felt cozy and warm - everything you want in a room in the bustling city of NYC. At first I thought the lobby was too hip/cool, but after the first night it felt warm and inviting like an oversized living room - one that just happens to smell like Moroccan roses. We only had breakfast at Dirty French, but the oatmeal and pancakes were yum. Many thanks to the Ludlow for making our visit to the city so perfect!
This was our first trip to NYC. The hotel is well presented and trendy, although it is very dark inside the lobby and the rooms.
The roof (king sized loft with balcony) was good. Whilst we struggled with space for our 2 large suitcases I think this would be the case with any hotel in NYC. The bed was large and comfortable, the balcony had impressive views of the city, and putting the large tv on a pull-out arm on the wall was a nice touch.
The bathroom had a powerful walk-in shower (a pleasant change from a lot of hotels) but barely any space for toiletries.
Location-wise, there were 2 metro stops within a 5-7 min walk, and lots of independent shops and restaurants, although it feels more of an ‘up and coming’ neighbourhood than most of Manhattan.
Overall, I enjoyed my stay, but it felt on the pricey side.
absolutely loved this hotel! The atmosphere is so cosy and you feel at home immediately.
I had a room with view of the NY skyline and it was amazing! I could even see it from my bed.
The bed slept wonderful.
Location is nice in a very lively area of the Lower East Side. Lots of great options for bars and restaurants and Soho is like a 10 tot 15 minute walk.
Excellent hotel, superbly located for discovering lower Manhattan. Beautifully decorated interior, attentive, helpful and friendly staff. Perfect night's sleep every night. Extensive choice of bars and restaurants within easy walking distance with the added benefit of Katz's Deli on the other side of the street! Superbly located for attractions such as The Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO, Battery Park. 9/11 Memorial and Freedom Tower. Cool bar with comfortable sofas! The only thing I didn't try was their restaurant, Dirty French, which I'm sure would have been excellent too!