Sean MacPherson’s Ludlow Hotel, after several start-and-stop years, is finally coming in with a bang. And boy, it’s beautiful. Entering the mosaic-tiled lobby, notice the exposed wood beams and custom chandeliers. Lounge a bit inside the courtyard’s secret garden, soon to be overgrown with greenery, before ambling to Dirty French (opening in July), the in-hotel restaurant by Chef Rich Torrisi of Major Food Group.
With properties like Waverly Inn, The Marlton Hotel, The Bowery Hotel, The Jane Hotel and The Park restaurant, MacPherson is by far New York’s hippest hotelier. As with all of his other ventures, he is not only part owner but also sole designer of the Ludlow Hotel. And like those other properties—indeed, like Manhattan itself—the newcomer is a pastiche of influences from all over the world. Each room contains a black-and-gold Moroccan lamp handmade in Marrakech, beds from Portugal, rugs from India, locally sourced petrified wood nightstands from Organic Modernism and chairs from the Carolinas. That’s to say nothing of the more-than-ample bathrooms, replete with rain showers and some with soaking tubs.
The star of the regular rooms is the Skybox Loft. Though the layout might initially cause flashbacks to cramped rooms of thriftier days, two steps in reveal a sitting area with wraparound windows. The view stretches 180 degrees from the Williamsburg Bridge to the Financial District.
If group stays are more your thing, the suite level may be for you. Each offers two rooms: one with a queen and the other with a rollout bed. Want to really amp things up? Stay in the Rockstar Suite. With 1,000 square feet of living space and a 1,100-square-foot balcony, it takes up the vast majority of the 17th floor. And if that’s somehow still not enough space, you can easily rent out the floor’s two other rooms, giving your group all the privacy you could ever dream of in New York.
Though the Ludlow Hotel has undergone a tortured birth, as they say on Broadway, a bad dress rehearsal foretells a great opening night. Come June 1, that opening night will have at long last arrived.