There are so many amazing hotels in New York (refer to my New York City and Williamsburg travel guides for more recs!) but the Ludlow Hotel is one of my absolute favorites and will probably become a go-to now that I no longer live in New York. It’s incredibly stylish and luxurious but in an unpretentious way, it’s in a great location, and the rooms are for the most part, very well priced. Small, but beautifully designed. And the best bathrooms ever.
You will laugh, earlier in my blogging career I lived in a tiny studio apartment. The bathroom was teensy tiny (there was no way I could fit in there with a photographer, and there wasn’t any natural light. So if I had a big beauty campaign, I would often book a room there to shoot beauty campaigns (like this post and this post!) and treat myself to a night long staycation.
The Ludlow Hotel New York Review
For my trip to New York last week, I stayed at The Ludlow for three nights. They were running a sale (highly recommend booking a few months out, they’re usually doing some sort of good discount!) so I sprang for a Skybox Loft room (mostly because I wanted the tub!!!). I loved my room. It was smaller than I had imagined/remembered but so cute. (I hate that I have to say this as I will always tell you when something is gifted or sponsored, but I paid for my room with my own money.)
Ludlow Hotel Pros and Cons
- The views are incredible. I definitely recommend calling and asking to be put on a higher floor if you can. I was on the 18th floor and loved the view.
- THAT BATHROOM. Honestly, that giant marble tub is the main reason I wanted to stay there, I was dreaming about it! The water pressure is great too, it fills up very quickly so you are not waiting a million years.
- The beds are ultra cozy and soft, like sleeping in a cloud. I was tempted to ask them what mattress and topper they use!
- The staff is really nice: super attentive and knowledgeable if you need a recommendation.
- The restaurant downstairs (Dirty French!) is one of my favorites. Delicious food and drinks. If you’re traveling with a significant other I’d definitely recommend it for a date – it has a very cool, sexy vibe.
- They have a great lobby downstairs that is perfect for taking meetings or getting caught up on work.
- The rooms are small. Luxe, but small. I was traveling alone so it was totally fine for one person, but if I had been traveling with another person it would have felt cramped and I probably would have wanted to upgrade to a bigger room with a king bed.
- The closet is pretty sad. More of a cabinet than a closet… it barely held three days of clothing and since it was short (literally like a cabinet!) my longer dresses dragged along the bottom of the closet and got wrinkled.
- There are only two elevators and they run very slowly.
- They are not currently offering room service which is a bummer (this is pretty standard right now, a lot of hotels are not). In the morning they have a “pastry box” you can grab in the lobby. The pastries were only medium. But there are tons of great spots nearby to grab coffee, snacks, etc!
I always get asked about this travel bag. It’s the AWAY Everywhere Bag. Unfortunately it’s several years old and no longer comes in the tan leather but they have lots of other good colorways!
Photography by Allie Provost.