The Most Instagrammable Hotel in NYC's Trendiest Hood: The Ludlow Hotel

the scoop

I recently read a blog post, from popular fashion blogger Damsel in Dior, on the best of NYC hotels. It saddened me to see that she concluded The Ludlow Hotel was only worthy of Instagram photos. While it is insanely Instagrammable, it has so much more going for it than just being picture worthy.

Located in the heart of the Lower East Side, it is within walking distance of some of the trendiest restaurants, bars and shops in Manhattan right now. The Ludlow Hotel is home to restaurant Dirty French, and directly across from hip new rooftop bar Mr. Purple (see my post on Mr. Purple here).

If you get sick of the sexy vibe, and the delicious French influenced cuisine at Dirty French, The Butcher’s Daughter, Egg Shop, Jack’s Wife Freda, Maman, Russ & Daughters and Sweetgreens (all of them also very Instagrammable!) are at your fingertips.

Hoteliers Ira Drukier, Richard Born and Sean MacPherson (who’s responsible for the Jane and Bowery hotels) bought this abandoned building and spent two years designing into The Ludlow Hotel.

The lobby is decked out in dark wood, Moroccan rugs and vintage furniture, lit up by a limestone gas fireplace and shining chandelier. There’s a garden in the back with natural sunlight and ivy covered brick walls. It was fairly warm while we were in New York, but the garden is heated in the winter when the temperatures drop.

The Ludlow has ten room categories, from a Studio Full (which is extremely small) to the Penthouse Suite. The 235-square-foot Studio Queen is comfortable for a couple.

The rooms are have a series of varied patterns, dark wood, and oversized brass chandelier that was handmade in Marrakesh. The tiny round white-marble table with two purple velvet chairs makes for a homey touch.

My favorite aspect of The Ludlow Hotel is it’s guest bathrooms, which happen to be frequently instagrammed. Covered in white tile and black-and-white checkered floors, accented by brass fixtures, they brighten up a rather dark guest room. 

Lastly, definitely don’t miss the rooftop access! Incredible views of New York City, and a perfect spot to host a few friends.


If NYC wears you down, after many nights of partying, but you still want to go out... The Ludlow Hotel actually has an awesome nightlife scene. You won't even have to leave the building to have a good party!


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