New York, United States

The Ludlow

Rates per night from$225.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD225.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Downtown glam and grit

Setting

Delis and dive bars

With its factory-style casement windows, red-brick façade and intentionally gritty sheen, you’d think The Ludlow hotel had been a Lower East Side regular for years. Rather, it’s Sean MacPherson’s styling – a distressed-limestone fireplace in the lounge, custom turned-wood bedframes in the rooms – that make it feel right at home in one of New York’s historically hippest ‘hoods.  

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A bottle of red wine

Facilities

Photos The Ludlow facilities

Need to know

Rooms

A total of 175, including 10 suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $225.00, excluding tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $3.50 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast; an à la carte breakfast menu is served at in-house restaurant Dirty French.

Also

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.

At the hotel

Trellis-shaded courtyard garden, fitness centre, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar and Red Flower bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The air just might be a bit sweeter and the views are definitely more sweeping from the terrace of the Loft King with Terrace on the 15th floor. The seventh floor Studio Queen room aren't anything to sniff at either. For more square footage, spread out in a Skybox Loft which also has a marble soaking tub set in front of a picture window.

Packing tips

Leave your specialty snacks at home. The mini-bars are stocked with tasty gluten-free and locally-made sweet and savoury treat options.

Also

There are several rooms that can accommodate mobility-impaired guests.

Pet‐friendly

Fido can bunk with you for $25 a night. A dog bowl will be provided, but you'll need to bring your own food and doggy bed. See more pet-friendly hotels in New York.

Children

Welcome, but not catered to. An extra bed ($35 a night) or cot (free) can be added to the Ludlow Loft suites. With a separate living room and twin-size day-bed, these rooms offer families the most space.

Food and Drink

Photos The Ludlow food and drink

Top Table

The cosy corner tables are perfect for a romantic dinner à deux.

Dress Code

A very fashion-forward crowd gathers here, so the more avant garde the better.

Hotel restaurant

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.

Hotel bar

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. 

Last orders

The lobby bar is open 6pm to 2am. Dinner is served 5:30 to 11pm.

Room service

Feeling peckish? A simple room service menu with breakfast dishes, salads, burgers and sandwiches is available 24 hours

Location

Photos The Ludlow location
Address
The Ludlow
180 Ludlow Street
New York
10002
United States

The Ludlow is located on the Lower East Side, a downtown neighborhood that’s long been known for its effortless cool and its magnetic draw for the next-big-thing in dining, shopping and the arts.

Planes

JFK International Airport services most international and west coast arrivals and departures, and is 12 miles away. Several domestic airlines fly into LaGuardia Airport, just 10 miles away. Although close, travel times to and from both airports vary greatly due to traffic and time of day.

Trains

Major Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Amtrak train routes (www.amtrak.com) run out of Penn Station, just 20 minutes away.

Automobiles

With a wealth of taxis to hail and several subway stops conveniently nearby, a car is not necessary. However, for those willing to brave manic New York traffic, there are several public parking garages within a few blocks' walk.

Worth getting out of bed for

Pick out provisions for a picnic or grab a freshly squeezed juice from the stalls at the Essex Street Market. Study the Lower East Side’s rich immigrant history on foot during a guided tour at the Tenement Museum on Orchard Street. Artist talks, film showcases and provocative collections keep the New Museum, on Bowery, packed with patrons. Check out more than 30 Lower East Side galleries open late on the third Thursday of the month including Anastasia Photo on Orchard Street, On Stellar Rays on Rivington Street, James Fuentes on Delancey and the Woodward Gallery on Eldridge Street. Gents, stop into Freemans Sporting Club for some preppy threads and a proper shave. 

For more things to do in New York, check-out our private, insider-led SideStory experiences.

Local restaurants

Katz’s Delicatessen at 205 East Houston Street is one of New York’s most iconic eateries and it’s conveniently located just across the street. Bring your appetite and opt for the pastrami or corned beef – we dare you to eat one of the massive sandwiches all on your own. La Esquina is a triple threat on Kenmare Street with a taqueria, brasserie and secret subterranean nightclub. Just look for an out-of-place bouncer holding a clipboard by the kitchen entrance and you'll know you're in the right place. You won’t be expecting the warm and welcoming under-the-radar eatery Freeman’s at the end of fairy-lit Freeman’s Alley off Rivington Street. Even though they take walk-ins, you may be in for a long wait if you’re rolling with a posse, so make a reservation for groups of six or larger. Dudley's is a polished all-day diner with almost-impossible-to-pick-from menus and delightfully named Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop on Rivington delivers on mammoth eats.

Local bars

For theatrical drinks, step right up for the burlesque shenanigans at the Box. Or see who's taking the stage at the Bowery Ballroom. The barkeeps at speakeasy Attaboy on Eldridge Street are open to suggestions, so go nuts.

Reviews

Photos The Ludlow reviews
Barnaby Rookwood

Anonymous review

By Barnaby Rookwood, Tooth fairy

On the hip Lower East Side of Manhattan, discretely situated on the street of the same name, you’ll find the Ludlow, quiet cathedral of cool. Iconic and eye catching, but with an old-school air shoehorned snugly into its 20 storeys, the former factory has retained the external signs of its industrial heritage while indoors exuding a subtle sense of eclecticism. 

Like one of its intuitively conceived cocktails, the Ludlow has been perfectly blended into its neighbouring milieu of organic modernism, fashionista chic and gritty creativity. Sandwiched between Little Italy and the East Village, just a 10-minute saunter from the subway, it thrives among the jostle of bars, bakeries and boutiques.     

On arrival, Mrs. Smith and I are serenely ushered across the threshold. Two genially deferential gents, for whom nothing seems too much trouble, glide alongside, bidding us welcome into a library-quiet atrium then entrusting us to reception staff (our bags seem to have floated off in the direction of our room). Our surroundings are packed with reassuring nods toward a gentleman’s club – mosaic floors, outsized chandeliers, a courtyard garden, vaulted ceilings, oak panels, leather armchairs, chesterfields toasting by an open fire…

Blessed to have landed a Skybox Loft of rooms up at the top, we have extraordinary floor-to-ceiling, wrap-around views of bridges and skylines – and at one side of the four-poster, the brave can step into the scene themselves, via a vertigo-inducing balcony. The living room and bathing suite command 270-degree views of Manhattan – our windows’ top trump is One World Trade Centre, with glimpses of the East River across to Brooklyn.

We’re tempted to provide a celebratory soundtrack to our arrival in the company of other great monuments, and to test the privacy of our haven of intimacy: shower-curtain shunned and window wide, Mr Smith booms Sinatra, adding his own liberty to the New York skyline. And what a boudoir of luxury it is, when your immediate surroundings are a monsoon shower over a marble bath, brass-gold taps, antique mirrors, Moroccan rose-scented tinctures and potions, Maison Martin Margiela bathrobes, unexpected tuck-box treasures of spirits and snacks, and Egyptian cottons on a Balinese bed.

Eventually, meandering down to the extensive cocktail bar, which opens out onto a candle-lit courtyard, feels like the right kind of early evening pre-prandial stroll. (Try the Grand Prix – Japanese whisky, coconut vermouth and ras el hanout spices with aromatic bitters.) Advertised after dark in voyeuristic pink neon, the Ludlow's spot-the celeb, spend-all-you-dare restaurant Dirty French is decadently – yet somehow understatedly – epicurean. Book in advance. The particularly noteworthy Gallic-Moroccan delights not to miss are the lamb carpaccio, millefeuille of mushroom and chicken with crepes; feel free to pass on the surprisingly unsubtle almond liver and sparrow breath ice-cream. Throughout the show, our waitress amusingly thesps and gesticulates her effortless lines with nonchalant near-Broadway perfection.  

(That sublime in-house cuisine – coupled with dangerous proximity to the gustatory and celebratory Katz delicatessen, where Harry met Sally – necessitates half-hearted trips to the Ludlow's rooftop gym. But once safely back down to earth, you are a comfortable ten-second dash right back across the road to a hubbub-infused sauce-laden pastrami.)

To this Englishman in New York, Ludlow is no longer just a favourite town in England famed for its restoratively slow pace and stellar gastronomy. The Ludlow is now an American home from home – a place of moments among the monuments, and delicacy among the delis.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Ludlow’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The location, rooftop terrace, services available, bathroom and gym. 

Don’t expect

The room was very small. It was well decorated, but you could tell the rooms and corridors need a bit of renovation so it very expensive for what it was. Overall, not as special as other Mr&Mrs Smith properties we've tried.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Sep 2019

We loved

Hotel staff were incredibly polite and helpful. Rooms are well sized for New York and we loved the decor.

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Stayed on 9 May 2019

We loved

Cool neighbourhood away from tourists. 

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Stayed on 17 Mar 2019

We loved

We loved the hotel and the double room was perfect for our visit with our teenage daughter. The welcome was super friendly and the concierges couldn't have been more helpful, recommending the most wonderful places to eat. It was also great to have Dirty French Restaurant in the hotel.

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Stayed on 16 Feb 2019

We loved

Loved the lobby with big fireplace raging. Our room was beautiful. Every detail. Great view. Fantastic bathroom with wonderful bath tub with fabulous window to gaze out of.

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Stayed on 4 Jan 2019

We loved

The service was impeccable, the rooms lovely, the beds super comfortable, the views incredible and I couldnt recommend it enough. Perfect location for exploring downtown!

Don’t expect

Expensive but worth the splash.

Rating

Stayed on 29 Sep 2018

We loved

This is a wonderful hotel with a great staff. Cant say enough about the friendly helpful staff! The room was super clean and our Skybox Loft had incredible views of the skyline. The main level is beautifully decorated with world-class art. The bar is a hot spot and the food at Dirty French was very good (we had lunch, not dinner). We will definitely stay here again.

Don’t expect

Don't expect large rooms. This caught us off-guard at first but we soon adapted. Unfortunately the complimentary bottle of red wine we got from Mr & Mrs Smith was undrinkable (sorry).

Rating

Stayed on 30 Jul 2018

We loved

Fantastic hotel in a great location, on the Lower East Side of NYC. Perfect location for food lovers looking to explore the LES, Nolita, Soho, Chinatown and Little Italy. Hotel service was an A, rooms immaculate and beds were super comfortable. Great shower too. Highly recommend. Katz's Deli is across the street so don't miss their pastrami on rye, toss in a hot dog too. Other must do's: Russ and Daughters Cafe, Estela, Ivan Ramen, Prince Street Pizza (have a spicy square), Wildair, Hemlock, Una Pizzeria, Contra and Le Coucou.

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Stayed on 15 Jul 2018

We loved

The design and the view of the room; the bottle of wine we received as a gift; the rooftop and the gym; the downstairs bars; the staff; the location... And so many more things! Well be back.

Don’t expect

Big rooms/bathrooms.

Rating

Stayed on 1 May 2018

We loved

We were pleasantly surprised by how quiet the hotel was even on the third floor. The restaurant is fantastic for dinner but the wine list is rather pricey. Talk with the sommelier who really knows the list. Besides Dirty French in the lobby, Russ Daughters is around the corner. Lots of art galleries within a few blocks.

Don’t expect

Lots of room. Adequate and comfortable and well appointed, but even our suite was a bit tight.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Apr 2018

We loved

Loved everything about the hotel – the people working there were so nice, our room was very comfortable (especially the pillows) and the bath was out of this world. Was so nice we spent more time at the hotel than around town! Ludlow Coffee a few doors down was great and we also loved getting room service!

Don’t expect

To ever want to leave.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Apr 2018

We loved

Fun hotel...lots of energy as you walk in the door. A little bit steampunk in design with a heavy emphasis on exposed wood, dark colors, brass fixtures. A couch laden bar with a fireplace right in front of you as you enter, and a warm, glass-covered green room for light filled lunches behind it. There's another restaurant in the hotel as well that serves more extensive meals for both dinner and breakfast that was always busy. The rooms are the best – beautiful linens, great NYC bathrooms with marble and brass, robes and slippers, sheepskins on chairs and paned windows from which to watch the city. It all feels very comfortable and stylish and solid but not pretentious or stiff. The rooms are on the smaller side but hey, its NYC. I loved the contrast of the peace of the room coupled with the energy of the lobby. Katz Deli (I'll have what she's having) across the street with outstanding if expensive sandwiches, the tenament museum is a block away, and there are lots of local bars and restaurants. It's the Lower East Side so a little bit gritty but safe and interesting and filled with character. The subway is two blocks away and you can be at Time Square in 20 minutes.

Don’t expect

A fast elevator, an attentive staff, a large work out room (though the one they have is adequate with 180 degree views from the 20th floor), turn down service, or chocolates on your pillow.

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Stayed on 27 Mar 2018

We loved

Everything.

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Stayed on 16 Mar 2018

We loved

The SkyBox loft rooms have a fantastic sitting room with 180-degree views of downtown Manhattan. The bathrooms are brilliant as well. Delicious cocktails and brilliant staff. A perfect base for discovering the LES. 

Don’t expect

Particulary big rooms. This is NYC!

Rating

Stayed on 29 Nov 2017