The Ludlow Hotel, New York City
One of The Nomad's best-loved boutique hotels located in New York's Lower East Side, the Ludlow Hotel ticks all the boxes. The immediate vicinity is home to trendy cafes, chic boutiques, fun bars with some of the best happy hours in New York and is around the corner from the famous Katz Deli. Two subway lines, the F train and the 6, are within a 10-minute walk.
The 175-room, 20-story Ludlow was once an abandoned red-brick building and a real-estate developer spent two years fashioning it into luxury accommodations with a contemporary design. The stunning result is seen as you walk through the doors into the oak panelled lobby and lounge-bar which feels lived-in but loved with brown leather and velvet sofas, the perfect spot for a pre-dinner cocktail.
The rooms are the epitome of cool elegance together with a lofty industrial vibe with plush furnishings, big casement windows - many offering impressive views of the New York skyline. There are 11 guestroom categories ranging from 18 to 92 square meters, with many offering balconies or private terraces. The Nomad's personal favourite in the Skybox Loft, which is spacious and has a marble soaking tub set in front of a picture window.
The hotel's edgy bistro, Dirty French, is one of the most sought after dining destinations on the Lower East Side. The space has a vintage feel to it with burgundy leather banquettes, wood-beamed ceilings, white brick walls and chandeliers. Now four years on from opening, it is still difficult to snag a table here. Preference is given to 'in-house' guests.
Nomad's insider tip: There are too many restaurants, cafés and bars to count in the Lower East Side - choose yours wisely! Once you've ticked off the tourist "must-do" of the famous sky-high Pastrami Sandwich at Katz Deli, book in a dinner at Freemans - a rugged clandestine colonial American Tavern hidden down a dark alley way that no tourist is likely to stumble upon on their own. After dinner, head to any one of our favourite hidden speakeasies for a drink (most are located in the Lower East Side).
All images courtesy of The Ludlow Hotel.