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
When we got home from 5 days in New York, I asked the partner what he thought was the highlight of our trip. He said what I was also thinking - the Ludlow and our room there. For having selected this hotel only from ratings and reviews on this site we managed to choose the perfect place for us - it says much about the value of honest reviews. The hotel is nicely located by shops and restaurants in the LES/Soho area - far more intimate and user friendly than other areas in the city. But the hotel itself was the star. Hip, warm, intimate, friendly. Our renovated 15th floor corner room with ceiling height windows and terrace was beautiful and spacious for 2 with a comfortable sitting area and awesome views. The lounge with large central fireplace and cool decor and furnishings was perfect for our chilly stay. The staff was very friendly and Dirty French is a great attached restaurant. The service in the restaurant and lounge however is material for another review. Most highly recommend this hotel for someone looking for a charming, personable boutique hotel.
My 89 yr.old mother, my brother and his wife, and their 20 yr. old daughter all stayed here and loved it. The rest of us joined for breakfast and hanging out in front of the fire for afternoon tea. (with our dogs! So nice of them to accomodate!) The staff was really friendly and helpful, the rooms were inviting, and the lobby so warm and clubby. The location can't be beat.
This has to be one of the most pleasant experiences I have had. The staff were absolutely wonderful, the hotel was beautiful as were the rooms with great views and comfort. I love the location and if you need/want to stay downtown, I can't recommend this hotel more!
We stayed 4 nights this week. I researched hotels and when I found The Ludlow I knew it was perfect! We were greeted as soon as we walked in. The front desk was friendly and personable. I think Tristin checked us in. He gave us a few restaurant recommendations, which was so helpful. We booked a Skybox loft. The room was comfortable. Great view of the city! I would highly recommend booking a Skybox. We were close to so many cool shops and restaurants. The room and bathroom were spotless. I look at EVERYTHING and it was super clean! The hotel was booked but we never heard any neighbors. I'm giving this hotel five stars but I did have one issue. We could see our neighbors using the restroom and taking showers. That means they could see us too. When I told the front desk (two young girls) they kind of laughed it off and said well you have to close the curtain at the window. Yea, I'm not an idiot. Of course we closed the curtain. There is a space above the curtain rod and the ceiling with a space big enough to see right through. I was pretty embarrassed when we realized this. We shoved a bathrobe in the space and went on with our business. Again, we still enjoyed our stay. It was wonderful. They just need to fix this one issue.
Me and my wife had a few very nice days in NYC. I can really recommend Hotel Ludlow located in East Village. It's a very relaxed atmosphere, high service and standard with the little extra in the details. The sourondings is also really cool with lots of cafe's, bars and restaurants worth visting