New York, United States

The Ludlow

Rates per night from$405.00

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Downtown glam and grit


Delis and dive bars

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.  

Smith Extra

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A bottle of red wine


Photos The Ludlow facilities

Need to know


A total of 175, including 10 suites.


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


Double rooms from £379.50 ($465), including 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.


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.


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


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.


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


Photos The Ludlow location
The Ludlow
180 Ludlow Street
New York
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.


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.


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


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.


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 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 room, we have extraordinary floor-to-ceiling, wrap-around views of bridges and skylines – 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

We loved how cosy it was - it was a great hotel for a winter stay in New York. The open fire in the lobby area is lovely, but you might struggle to get a seat near it.

Don’t expect

Don't expect large rooms. Even the more expensive rooms are very tight - we ended up asking if we'd been given the right room but were told it was, but it was very mean for the price you pay! The bathroom also didn't have any views but all the images we'd seen suggested you would have a view so this was slightly disappointing. We also weren't given our bottle of wine that was promissed with our stay having booked with Mr and Mrs Smith and despite mentioning and asking for it, it still didn't arrive and then when it got to the final day we couldn't be bothered to ask for it as the time to have it had gone and we didn't want to take it back in our suitcase.


Stayed on 19 Nov 2019

We loved

The feel of the hotel - and the great, impeccable staff. The location - so much to access, literally from the front door - from the shopping areas, restaurants and bars of Soho and Greenwich Village, to the bridges to take you over to Williamsburg and Brooklyn. The rooms - very comfortable and bigger than most in NYC (we stayed in a king suite) - and the bathrooms.

Don’t expect

Complete peace and quiet - sure, there are quieter, relaxing areas in the hotel, but you are in the heart of the hustle, bustle and car horns or the Lower East Side. But we loved that.


Stayed on 17 Oct 2019

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.


Stayed on 19 Sep 2019

We loved

The cool, hipster vibe but not compromising on the nicer touches for accommodation. The gym which was well equipped and had windows with a view! The location - close to cool shops, Ludlow Coffee Supply, good eats and SoulCycle!

Don’t expect

Complete silence as there might be noisy merry makers on your floor chatting and drinking through the night.


Stayed on 20 Jul 2019

We loved

This was my first ever visit to the US and everything looked like it was straight out of a film set. This hotel set in the Lower East Side is exactly what I imagined New York to be. It's hip and cool and so are all the staff. We arrived in the evening after a very long flight and unfortunately the room we had been allocated had a flooded bathroom. We were moved to a bigger room for the night with the promise of a room the same as we had a booked (with a balcony) for the rest of our stay. The following night we were back in a room with a balcony and it didn't disappoint. We were there in July and in NY for 4th July. Our balcony was huge and looked out across all the roofs of nearby buildings. It was perfect. Even though we were right in the centre of a busy and noisy city our room was lovely and peaceful. It was a great location with coffee bars on every corner and lots of fabulous restaurants. You will never be cool enough to stay at this hotel but don't let that put you off!

Don’t expect

We had breakfast at Dirty French a couple of times during our stay but don't expect fast service, friendly service or amazing food. It's also overpriced for what it is. The staff are not very friendly and make you feel like they are doing you a favour for letting you eat there. There is a coffee shop next door that is so much better, with free WIFI, great coffee and pastries.


Stayed on 30 Jun 2019

We loved

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


Stayed on 9 May 2019

We loved

Cool neighbourhood away from tourists. 


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


Stayed on 30 Apr 2018