Towering above the former tenement district of the Lower East Side, The Ludlow hotel may be a newcomer, but it feels right at home in one of New York’s historically hippest ‘hoods. Factory-style casement windows in every room, repurposed wood beams and a distressed-limestone fireplace in the lounge give this Sean MacPherson-styled spot its authentic feel.
Buzzy lounge and patio
Loads of natural light
A bottle of red wine
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The hotel is completely non-smoking. There are several rooms that can accommodate mobility-impaired guests. There’s no spa on site, but in-room treatments can be arranged to help alleviate urban fatigue following a day spent pounding the pavement.
Leave your specialty snacks at home. The mini-bars are stocked with tasty gluten-free and locally-made sweet and savoury treat options.
A very fashion-forward crowd gathers here, so the more avant garde the better.
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Even if visiting a place for the very first time, there are those moments where you wish to be mistaken for a local. Perhaps someone will trouble you for directions for a change, or inquire about the neighbourhood’s best cocktail den. Well, slip inside the understated entrance of the Ludlow – which could be mistaken for a sleek residential tower – and you’ll be made to feel just like a regular.
After all, designer Sean MacPherson’s deliberate decor aims to secure a historic sense of place for the space. Casement windows might have you wondering if this was once a textile factory of the tenement era. Then again, the distressed-limestone fireplace and exposed wooden beams in the lofted-ceiling lounge could have been the salon in the private manse of a wealthy factory owner. However, all these worn and artfully gritty details were additions to this brand new hotel. But, the downtown style and swagger are ripe for spinning a really rich Lower East Side story – and you’re invited to follow suit.
180 Ludlow Street, New York 10002, United States
- Internet services
- Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
- Room service
- Onsite laundry
The hotel’s edgy Gallic bistro, Dirty French, from the restaurant power-trio Major Food Group (of Torrisi Italian Specialties and Carbone fame) is a dining destination for hotel guests and locals, alike. In a lively room styled with vintage flea market finds and a painting of a French flag by Julian Schnabel, you'll feast on traditonal fare such as black bass en papillote, bouillabaisse noire and, of course, a flavourful steak au poivre.
The cosy corner tables are perfect for a romantic dinner à deux.
The lobby bar is open 6pm to 2am. Dinner is served 5:30 to 11pm.
Feeling peckish? A simple room service menu with breakfast dishes, salads, burgers and sandwiches is available 24 hours
Sip an expertly mixed Manhattan or a glass of wine out on the enclosed garden or get cosy in front of the roaring fireplace in the lounge. Rub elbows with LES gliterati at Dirty French as you throw back a Belmondo – a blend of tequila, pear, ginger and lemon juice – or one of the other intricate concoctions on the signature list.