Hotel Review: The Ludlow Hotel

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During our 36 hours in New York, we booked at The Ludlow Hotel on Ludlow Street in the Lower East Side.

 Welcome to The Ludlow Hotel!

Welcome to The Ludlow Hotel!

Booking a room in New York can be challenging as luxury and views at an affordable price is at the top of every person's search criteria.  Too affordable, and you run the risk of stained comforters and thin walls. Too luxurious, and suddenly you are spending your life's savings on  a 195-square-foot room.  For us, The Ludlow Hotel combined affordability with luxury, and was the perfect place for us to rest our heads during our overnight stay in New York.

Our first impression of the hotel was unremarkable.  In fact, we had not even realized we were standing in front of it until we were greeted by the doorman and saw the low-hanging, black HOTEL sign above its entrance. What we had missed was the hotel's name, written in the same silver as the industrial awning. Although the obscurity could frustrate some, we liked the subtlety, feeling that the hotel was almost a secret, one that only the cool kids knew. (And obviously, we are cool kids.)

 The nondescript entrance to the hotel. Notice anything missing? The hotel's name!

The nondescript entrance to the hotel. Notice anything missing? The hotel's name!

As we walked in, we were greeted with a welcome and a smile by the doorman and entered the lobby, which opened to the front desk, lounge, bar, and patio. With high-vaulted ceilings and natural light from the patio, the area was spacious, clean, and inviting. Added to the floor plan was the design. The industry-meets-luxury vibe was strong with wood beams, large chandeliers, and a warm color scheme making the upscale space feel more like home than a hotel.

 Our favorite spot: The Garden.

Our favorite spot: The Garden.

 A neat feature: the key storage doubled as a design element.

A neat feature: the key storage doubled as a design element.

 The beautiful lobby, lounge, bar, and patio area.

The beautiful lobby, lounge, bar, and patio area.

Our favorite aspect of the lobby area was the Garden. Lush with greenery and flowers, the patio created an oasis in the middle of the Lower East Side. Natural light streamed through big glass windows, making the brick walls and industrial ceiling feel cozy and comfortable.

After checking in with the front desk, we made our way to our room. Originally, we were booked for a Studio Mini, but were upgraded when we arrived to a Studio Queen. Although the Studio is the smallest option, we were glad to be upgraded. Unlike the Mini, sized at 195 square feet with a full bed, the Queen offers 225 square feet with, as its name implies, a Queen bed. While the 30 square feet did not seem too impressive at first, we happily accepted the extra space once we entered our room.

 Our view when we unlocked our door. Clean, modern, and neat designs are noticeable, as is the room's size.

Our view when we unlocked our door. Clean, modern, and neat designs are noticeable, as is the room's size.

The room was definitely short on space.  In our small room was a bathroom with a stand-up shower, a queen bed, two bedside tables, and a chic table-and-chair set in front of a giant picture window that overlooked the Lower East Side. 

 The purple chairs that brought a cool vibe to our room.

The purple chairs that brought a cool vibe to our room.

For what the room lacked in size, it made up for in luxurious details and cleanliness. The bathroom's black-and-white tiled floor and gold-accented mirror and rain-fall shower made us feel like celebrities. The four-poster bed with its plush, crisp-white comforter gave the room a modern feel. And located next to the sleek, purple chairs with the faux-fur throw was our favorite feature: the Nespresso machine. We took advantage of the in-room espresso maker, drinking more than our fair share before we headed out for the night.

 Our stand-up shower shower made us feel luxurious and sophisticated.

Our stand-up shower shower made us feel luxurious and sophisticated.

 We felt like celebrities getting ready in the big, bright light bulbs!

We felt like celebrities getting ready in the big, bright light bulbs!

 NESPRESSO! Enough said.

NESPRESSO! Enough said.

We sipped our Nespresso in front of the picture window with its sprawling views of New York.  In every direction we looked, we saw nothing but rooftops and buildings. If nothing else, the view made the room worth the stay. 

 The view looking to our left was stunning. We  loved looking out, trying to identify the areas and buildings we saw.

The view looking to our left was stunning. We  loved looking out, trying to identify the areas and buildings we saw.

 Our view to the right, while spoiled by construction, is still beautiful.

Our view to the right, while spoiled by construction, is still beautiful.

The only drawback to The Ludlow was the very same view that we loved during the day. At night, the bustling streets below became the enemy of our sleep. Being on a lower floor, we were inundated with sirens, horns, and passing vehicles. We were unaccustomed to the noise, but both understood that this was normal for hotels in New York. Plus, with no bed bugs, a clean comforter, and free Nespresso, we figured we couldn't have it all, and so we sucked it up and dozed off to the cacophony of the city below.

THE PROF'S GRADE: A

We loved our stay at The Ludlow.  The atmosphere, design features, and view made our night unforgettable.  Its location, situated in the Lower East Side next to Katz's Deli and only two blocks from the subway, made getting around easy. Most of the places we went were within walking distance -- a plus in our books.  And the in-room Nespresso machine was an added bonus that we did not expect. The drawback was the noise from the streets below.  While it was expected, we still found it to be a slight disturbance. 

Overall, we highly recommend to any person looking for an affordable, luxurious stay in New York to book at The Ludlow.  Just be sure to have your earplugs ready.

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Erica Pfleegor

Erica is a co-founder and owner of Your Travel Prof. Previously, Erica was working as a middle school English teacher, but after Baby J was born, she decided to leave the profession. Together, she and Adam started YTP, which combines her three favorite things in life: her husband, her son, and traveling.