New York , United States

The Ludlow

Rates from (ex tax)$275.00

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD315.56), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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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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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

175, including 10 suites.

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $275.00, 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.

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD315.56), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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

The hotel is completely non-smoking. 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 daybed, 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
New York
United States

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 and the Woodward Gallery on Eldridge Street  

Local restaurants

Katz’s Delicatessen (+1 212 254 2246) 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 (+1 646 613 1333). 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 (+1 212 420 0012).  

Reviews

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Barnaby Rookwood

Anonymous review

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 with us, 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 rooms, although very small, were very well appointed and the limited space put to good use. Bathroom amenities were lovely. Overall style and feel of the room was good. Best thing about this hotel though is the location, which is fantastic. Del Ray is great for a quick breakfast. Ivan Ramen is fantastic. Dudley's is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Don’t expect

A quiet night's sleep. We were on the 9th floor and even there it felt like the street's activities below were happening in our room. Very load traffic, horns, sirens... even voices can be heard. Ear plugs are a must. Also the service is hit and miss. The staff are friendly, but you definitely have to seek them out. The bar and restaurant are incredibly expensive, even by NY standards. We ended up eating and drinking out every night, as the options are limitless even within a 10 minute walk of the hotel. But it's a shame the hotel is so over priced as it would be nice to have a drink there.

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Stayed on 5 Sep 2017

We loved

The interior design was brilliant. The neighbourhood is really fun. Katz's deli – great ice cream on the corner.

Don’t expect

To do cartwheels in any NYC hotel room.

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Stayed on 17 Jul 2017

We loved

The décor is impeccable and the rooftop is not to be missed.

Don’t expect

To be too quiet – it's in the Lower East Side after all!

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Stayed on 13 Apr 2017

We loved

The location. There are so many great bars and restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel - it's perfectly placed. Katz's deli is practically opposite the hotel. Murray's Cheese Bar is well worth a visit, as are Eataly, Quartino, Bleecker Street Pizza and Attaboy.

Don’t expect

Overly attentive service from the staff. This isn't a criticism, but if you like being pampered and asked 'is everything okay?' a lot while you're away, you won't get that at The Ludlow. Staff are pleasant and attentive when you address them, but they are not falling over themselves to check if everything is okay. We were fine with that but some people may want a more hands on service.

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Stayed on 23 Mar 2017

We loved

The view from Skybox Loft is sensational, friendly staff and quirky bar great start to evenings. In house "Dirty French" restaurant is great - also try "Beauty Essex" just around the corner - even better.

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Stayed on 10 Mar 2017

We loved

The room, hotel decor, and location.

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Stayed on 9 Mar 2017

We loved

The Ludlow Hotel is an absolute gem located in the heart of the Lower East Side. Despite being small rooms for the price paid, the interiors will make you want to re-decorate your home when you get back. Attention to details alongside the customer service makes The Ludlow Hotel worth a stay. The staff were welcoming and informative, ensuring all our needs were satisfied - they were even kind enough to swap our smith extra (bottle of wine) with a scented candle (we don't drink) and personal note wishing my other half a happy birthday to make our stay feel that even more special. Atmosphere in the communal areas is lively and very NYC, the lounge bar is clearly a favourite with the locals and can I can see why. The leather chairs in the lobby are also dangerous - so comfortable that you may never get up and airport transport transfers are fairly priced (same as Uber). The location is the main selling point of the hotel, situated in the middle of a food haven, you'll always be spoilt for choice, to the extent that you may never leave the area. Metro stations are within a decent walking distance and an uber is never more than a minute away.

Don’t expect

Large rooms for the price you pay.

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Stayed on 8 Mar 2017

We loved

The amazing bar and restaurant, and the character of the hotel. Go to Katz's diner opposite.

Don’t expect

Breakfast is not included, and there is very little storage space.

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Stayed on 25 Feb 2017

We loved

The decor, the garden and the restaurant (Dirty French). Go to Bacaro for old-school Italian in a unique setting, and Root Bone for great fried chicken.

Don’t expect

A large room or a view.

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Stayed on 16 Dec 2016

We loved

The area and the cool bar. Eat at Dirty French, and drinks at Vandal, down the road.

Don’t expect

...A good nights sleep on a Friday night- Ludlow St is manic!

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Stayed on 21 Oct 2016

We loved

The bathrooms, beautifully designed! Go to Pasquale Jones, a great restaurant for lunch or dinner. Go to The Butchers Daughter for breakfast.

Don’t expect

Quick service in the bar! The staff were very friendly everywhere but the bar!

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Stayed on 18 Oct 2016

We loved

The local area, the style of the hotel, the staff that go that extra mile. Go to Russ Daughter for brunch, have coffee next door at Ludlow Coffee Supply, and visit the Michelin-starred restaurants in The East Village.

Don’t expect

...huge rooms - but it is Manhattan after all.

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Stayed on 10 Oct 2016

We loved

The view! The wall to ceiling windows are awesome. The location is also great as is the bar, there is also a small roof terrace, nice if you want a bit of space to chill. Go to Clinton Street Bakery for the world's best pancakes! Get there for 9am when it opens so you don't have to queue. Beauty and Essex is also a stone's throw away and the food is awesome, book a table in advance as it gets quite busy.

Don’t expect

a lot of space, like a lot of NYC hotel rooms, it's compact. We went for a Sky Loft room and it's worth paying the extra for the extra space. Also, pack earplugs as even from the 15th floor you can hear traffic and sirens below.

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Stayed on 22 Sep 2016

We loved

The bar area and room. There are lots of great independent cafes locally

Don’t expect

A quiet location

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Stayed on 26 Aug 2016

We loved

Very cool decor in the room, amazing stage mirror in the bathroom, great bar and restaurant downstairs, lively location at night. Beauty Essex for cocktails and dinner - two minute walk away.

Don’t expect

A big bedroom - the basic rooms are very bijou!

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Stayed on 25 Aug 2016

We loved

Décor of the rooms, friendly helpful staff. Exceptional value for Manhattan.

Don’t expect

Lots of space in the rooms - but not a problem.

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Stayed on 9 Aug 2016

We loved

The view from the room, the service was great , the location was perfect. Recommend Le French Diner, Attaboy and Ludlow House, minutes away

Don’t expect

Pampering

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Stayed on 4 Jul 2016

We loved

Perfect location in LES, cool interiors and friendly helpful staff - they gave us champagne for our wedding day! The surrounding area is brimming with interesting cafes, shops, restaurants and bars - you could spend a whole holiday just trying everything out! Nearby spots include the renowned Katz delicatessen, Clinton Street Bakery and La Esquina, plus we tried out Ludlow Coffee Supply right next door (perfect for a quick breakfast) and The Butcher's Daughter (healthy cafe) and there are lots and lots of bars nearby on Delancey St, Kenmare St and Rivington St.

Don’t expect

Large rooms/storage space if you get a standard room - but the decor and hotel location more than makes up for this

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Stayed on 2 May 2016

We loved

We booked a skybox loft and LOVED the amazing views. Very comfy beds and lively hotel bar. Lucien is a great french restaurant close by. We also visitied a great italian on the same street called Tre

Don’t expect

Lots of storage space

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Stayed on 29 Apr 2016

We loved

Room Decor and Hotel Restaurant: "Dirty French". Recommend Katz's Deli- iconic NYC

Don’t expect

Peace and Quiet though rooms are wonderfully soundproofed. Hotel has a buzzing NYC vibe at weekends

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Stayed on 15 Apr 2016

We loved

The beautiful lush gardens, enticing pool and hot tub and the cool, cool rooms - plus the fantastic service from the small but incredibly attentive staff. If you fancy watching the sun set with a cool cocktail and then stylish Japanese/Med fusion, then COKU is a fantastic place literally a few steps from the hotel. Pricey but definitely worth it. Go for the tasting menu with the whole lobster

Don’t expect

Sant'Agnello is a respite from the bustle of Sorrento but it's not a place for long and lively nights. Head into the main town if that's what you're looking for

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Stayed on 28 Mar 2016

We loved

Excellent location for anyone tired of mid-town Manhattan and wanting to experience the rapidly changing Lower Eastside. The 20th floor terrace is a great place to go with a coffee first thing in the morning.

Don’t expect

Big spacious rooms; the rooms are small, very small, but the well appointed bathrooms make up for this.

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Stayed on 10 Mar 2016

We loved

Being welcomed at very late arrival. Being welcome for this return stay.

Don’t expect

Large rooms.

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Stayed on 29 Jan 2016

We loved

Decor and overall vibe.

Don’t expect

Total quiet or privacy, as it's very busy, especially at night in lobby and restaurant.

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Stayed on 27 Jan 2016

We loved

Great staff, beautiful rooms and wonderful baths.

Don’t expect

Breakfast service is a little spotty as it seems the A staff is dinner only, especially during the week.

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Stayed on 15 Jan 2016

We loved

The bathtub and the lighting!

Don’t expect

An extensive room service menu.

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Stayed on 8 Jan 2016

We loved

Very good location in the lower east side; the hotel is new, comfortable, lively with nice sitting areas downstairs and a fine café restaurant.

Don’t expect

A romantic getaway; it is a lively place full of young people.

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Stayed on 1 Jan 2016

We loved

The bar and roof terrace – and fantastic service!

Don’t expect

To be bored.

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Stayed on 21 Dec 2015

We loved

The unique rooms.

Don’t expect

Quiet. The restaurant and hotel bar are a "see and be seen" spot. Nonetheless, the back bar and library area are still worth enjoying!

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Stayed on 3 Dec 2015

We loved

The buzz of the place, very lively bar and restaurant. Also great location right in the heart of Lower East Side - fantastic bars and restaurants on your doorstep!

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet.

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Stayed on 2 Dec 2015

We loved

The lobby bar is really nice to relax in. Great restaurant and complimentary breakfast.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet; this is a hotel in a very lively area.

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Stayed on 2 Dec 2015

We loved

The large windows in the rooms, which give amazing views. Bathrooms are very cool.

Don’t expect

The rooms to be massive, or (on our opinion) the friendliest of welcomes.

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Stayed on 18 Nov 2015

We loved

The neighborhood, the lobby bar and fireplace, and the outdoor seating area.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet; this is a trendy part of town.

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Stayed on 16 Nov 2015

We loved

The area is great. Make sure you get a bagel from Russ and Daughters round the corner from the Ludlow. Supper on Avenue A is a fantastic local for great Italian food and wine. Great prices, fantastic quality. Try the pasta al limone.

Don’t expect

The budget rooms are tiny - make sure you go King or above.

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Stayed on 25 Oct 2015

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