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the ludlow hotel

July 10th, 2014 / by / in: hotels / No responses

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Unlike with airlines, I have almost no loyalty to hotels. I  have Hilton Gold and I enjoy the perks (free upgrades! free internet! free late check out! free food and drinks!) but not quite as much as I like trying out new hotels. Hiltons are generally fine but they’re not particularly interesting. (I am a fan of the Conrad chain though.)

I’d been looking at a different hotel for a weekend trip to NYC when I came across the newly-opened Ludlow Hotel. It was so new that there weren’t even any reviews for it anywhere. It just opened, I thought. That means no bedbugs! Admittedly, I do have a bit of a bedbug obsession, especially when staying in NYC, but that wasn’t the only reason I decided on the Ludlow. The hotel has soft opening rates ($175 for a queen bed is a steal for Manhattan) and is perfectly located — on the Lower East Side, a block or two from the new Ivan Ramen, and close to the Williamsburg Bridge for easy access to Brooklyn. All the things I like in New York are located below 14th Street and I haven’t purposefully stayed in Midtown in years.

So anyway, the day after I had come across the Ludlow Hotel, a friend (hi Duarte!) sent me this link to Wallpaper for an unrelated reason. I figured the universe was sending me a message and booked a room.

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Like I’d thought, the room was completely spotless and bedbug-free. So clean! Probably no one else had even stayed in this room yet. And I always like it when hotels have hardwood floors instead of carpet.

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I like the post beds — easy to clean underneath and hard to lose things.

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The pretty bathroom.

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Fancy times with Maison Martin Margiela robes.

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The tile looks really nice since it’s new and pristine, but I feel like it will eventually get gross.

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The bathroom light is excellent. Toiletries by Red Flower.

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“Hey this bathroom has nice light,” commented Mike.

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The mini bar had the usual sort of “hip hotel” stuff. Candies in jars, Kind bars, and help I have a headache packets.

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View from the window

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I was surprised that the hotel had a complimentary breakfast. Second only to Japanese breakfast, French breakfast (coffee and a croissant) is one of my favourites so it’s perfect for me. (Mike prefers his breakfast to contain hot items.) There’s coffee/tea/juice and a variety of pastries and bread items. Breakfast is served in the the hotel’s still-a-little-unfinished-but-open bar.

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“The croissants are from Balthazar!” the front desk girl said excitedly. 

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A really cute outdoor seating area. Lots of sun and weird concrete couches.

THE LUDLOW HOTEL

The good:

– Cheap soft open room rates right now

– Excellent location on the LES (pretty much across the street from Katz’s Delicatessen) and surrounded by bars and restaurants

– Close to the subway

– Free wifi (no limit on devices)

– Lots of outlets and USB OUTLETS NEXT TO THE BED (if you’ve stayed in a lot of hotels, you’ll recognize how amazing this is)

– Free breakfast

– Champagne glasses in the rooms (I know this is minor but I like when hotels include wine/champagne glasses)

– Super clean (for now)

– Not too crowded (for now)

– Hardwood floors

The bad:

– People (usually Americans on Tripadvisor) who complain about room sizes will probably find the rooms small

– Not all rooms have bathtubs (fine with me!)

– The front desk got us a car to the airport that they said was the same rates as yellow cabs, but that was a lie (hire your own cab)

– No restaurant, so no room service (restaurant is under construction)

 


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