To look at it now, you wouldn’t think that The Ludlow was an abandoned derelict a few years ago. Today, the hotel stands out on the street it shares a name with, the towering red brick building home to 20 floors of impeccable boho-luxe furnishings and envy-worthy amenities. And at ground level there’s the hotel’s impossibly cool bistro, Dirty French, which serves up French food with a global twist. Dinner here might be duck à l’orange with ras el hanout and preserved oranges, or a Creole-style spicy pork chop with celery remoulade. (Moroccan and Cajun are popular inspirations in the menu). While at brunch, you have a full roster of French pastries, eggs, bagels and hash. The cocktails, incidentally, are worth a trip whether or not you’re staying at The Ludlow.
That’s not all The Ludlow offers in the way of libations, however. The Lobby Lounge and Garden is an atmospheric spot to enjoy Thomas Waugh’s rightly lauded cocktails; it’s all exposed brick on the terrace and hints of 1930s glamour indoors. Find a spot on one of the leather couches and you’re set. Just make sure to get your in order first; a Ludlow Gimlet (gin, cinnamon, fresh lime and apricot liqueur) would be a great choice to kick things off.
At the end of the night, head upstairs to your guestroom. There’s a full range of accommodations here, from single-sleeper studios to the 1,500-square-foot penthouse on the 17th floor. The latter has its own terrace, which, at 1,000 square feet, is almost equal to the glorious innards of the suite (living room, dining table, kitchen – oh my!).
While the here rooms range in size – often quite substantially – the basic building blocks of The Ludlow’s chic decor remain consistent. We’re talking hardwood floors and white-tiled bathrooms with brass accents, rain showers, and Margiela bathrobes. And stylish furnishings featuring everything from geode-like side tables and organically-shaped chunky wooden coffee tables to decorative sheepskin rugs. Whether you’re on the 17th floor or the 3rd, life at The Ludlow is undeniably fine.