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
I stayed at The Ludlow this past Valentine’s Day, as a special surprise staycation treat for my girlfriend. Prior to arriving, I contacted the hotel and the manager Ken was readily and available to assist with all my tedious request and set me up for such a wonderful and special stay. He even reached out to me after my stay to make sure everything went as planned. Before even arriving that afternoon, I received a text that my room was ready. I hadn’t even registered as yet, and was being told my room was ready. Eric! I arrived later that afternoon and Lawrence, the lobby ambassador, with a great smile and personality greeted me at curbside and accommodated me with a space right in front of the hotel to unload and leave my car while I settled in. I checked in and my journey with Lawrence continued, he took me up to the beautiful Loft Queen Deluxe, which was to die for and showed me around!! I set up my room to complete the last leg of my big surprise and asked Lawrence to assist me, which he happily did, by recognizing my girlfriend, after briefly showing him a photo, and having him hand off a card key to her when she arrived. IT WAS PERFECT! I later went to the lobby bar and met the beautiful host, Deandra, who got us our cocktails and even sat with us and had a nice conversation with us while we enjoyed the space. It just felt like home. If I could afford to be there each week, I would. I've already recommended the property to so many of my friends and colleagues and I can't wait to be back to this Gem!
This is the 4th time I've stayed at this hotel, and I just love coming back.
It's just fabulous every where you look.
It's dark and moody, dramatic and sexy.
The rooms vary in sizes greatly, so try and go for a larger suite if you can.
But either way, you'll love coming home to this gorgeous space.
The hallways are like something out of a story book, and the lobby bar is perfect for evening drinks.
There's always a real buzz in the downstairs area, it's so lively and the restaurant, 'Dirty French' is almost always a full house.
The bathrooms are so gorgeous, I've used them multiple times for shoots for my brand. Try and get one with a tub and a window if you can.
I love staying here and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a luxurious stay in NYC.
And the door staff are always so friendly with a smile and a helping hand.
We loved the Ludlow. If you want to be in this part of town it’s a great destination. The rooms are nice and clean, and the place is pretty happening. The bar, lounge, restaurant and sitting areas are all very nice. As with most NYC hotels, the rooms are a bit cozy, so we stayed in a small suite, which was great. I’d also recommend not staying on a higher floor as I heard people who did complain about the elevator wait.
A really nice break from, and completely different vibe from, our usual midtown experience. Well recommended.
I spent three nights here in January in a sky box loft on the 18th floor. View was pretty good looking further downtown & west. The room had a small lounge area which definitely made the room feel spacious and had a couple of small closets to hang clothes etc. I found the room to be a little too dark, even with all the lights on and on the 18th floor - I get the look they are going for but personally would like options. The bathroom was awesome, very light and bright with a large walk in shower, big bath and plenty of space on the vanity to spread toiletries out on. I loved the big window in there, but might not be for everyone. there was a curtain to close if you want more privacy. Check in was quick and easy, but in general I found the staff to be a little blasé. I didn't eat at the restaurant but did have drinks in the bar area and enjoyed the open fire. Top spot if you want to be downtown with loads of great restaurants, bars and coffee close by.
We stayed for a few nights just before Christmas. The decor is very cool both bar/lounge and (small) bedrooms/bathrooms. We really liked the area - trendy and authentic neighbourhood which is well placed for covering a lot of Manhattan on foot. But extremely noisy at night - definitely ‘the city that never sleeps’. We had breakfast in Dirty French (in the hotel) one morning which was over priced and extremely average, and after that ate out for the rest of our stay. Great coffee shop next door. The bar/lounge area is comfortable during the day, but in the evening is PACKED with non residents who come for cocktails or to eat in Dirty French. Front desk staff never acknowledged us as guests, and weren’t particularly welcoming. Worst of all, when we settled our account, they took £1500 payment on a debit card, but didn’t release the £1500 deposit on our credit card, despite many emails from us, for over a month. Go for a cocktail - but don’t bother staying.