The Ludlow Hotel

Trendy, fun, affordable

180 Ludlow Street, New York 10002


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At a Glance

A gem in the Lower East Side, the Ludlow has compact but comfortable rooms with tons of natural light and an edgy downtown feel.

Indagare Loves

  • The location in a happening downtown neighborhood
  • The oversized windows and patios in most rooms
  • Dirty French, a hot spot destination restaurant from the team behind Carbone and Parm


Situated on a lively block in NYC’s gritty Lower East Side, the Ludlow fuses a vibrant, edgy atmosphere with the simple luxury typical of a Sean MacPherson hotel (the hotelier is also responsible for the charming Marlton Hotel). Opened in 2014, the Ludlow is right at home in its downtown address, and manages to feel at once like a neighborhood staple and a trendy newcomer. This duality evokes the neighborhood as a whole, which is known as much for its classic institutions (Katz’s Delicatessen, Russ & Daughters) as it is for the roster of new speakeasies, restaurants and galleries that are always opening.

The 20-story Ludlow has 175 rooms, the best of which boast an outdoor balcony or terrace. But even the accommodations without patios feel light and airy, as all benefit from oversized factory windows that supply ample natural light and great people watching. The rooms feature a bohemian décor with velvet armchairs, shearling rugs and Moroccan lamps, while the bathrooms are glamorous, with black-and-white tiles, gold fixtures and bathrobes courtesy of Maison Margiela.

While the hotel offers travelers a respite from the bustling Lower East Side, its ground-floor spaces draw a crowd of their own, with a chic lounge and garden, and the hugely popular restaurant Dirty French. The hot spot eatery prioritizes reservations for its hotel guests (a big plus, considering how difficult it is to secure a table). Between the restaurant and the lounge, the lobby is buzzing into the wee hours, but by morning, the hotel is quiet again and guests can appreciate the homey vibe created by a crackling fire (in winter) and vintage couches. While the hotel does not have a spa, it does feature a good gym.

Who Should Stay

Couples, groups of friends and travelers looking to have a base in a buzzy NYC neighborhood.

Written by Lexi Polster

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