LOCATED in the heart of city’s gritty-luxe Lower East Side neighbourhood, this 20-storey hotel is ideal for those who want a more authentic, immersive New York experience rather than staying in a larger, chain hotel.
A fusion of luxury and considered design with artisan quirks, the property is the brainchild of hoteliers Sean MacPherson, Ira Drukier and Richard Born, behind the Jane and the Bowery.
Occupying a red brick building that was abandoned by its original developers after the financial crash, the hotel offers 175 rooms with 11 configurations.
The Ludlow is modern and industrial but with a warm, personal feel with furniture and artisan touches – think Moroccan pendant lamps and handmade silk rugs - handpicked by MacPherson.
The Ludlow’s restaurant, Dirty French, operates from breakfast until late and its a hip destination in itself, while the Lobby Bar, cosy with a gas fireplace, is a delightful place for a tipple and some people watching.
The piece de resistance, though, is the Ludlow Penthouse, with wraparound windows and an 1100-foot terrace and Skybox Loft with breathtaking views of the city.
A HAVEN for design lovers and those seeking a refuge from the city, this lifestyle boutique hotel is located at the intersection of 29thand Broadway in the ultra-hip Nomad neighbourhood.
With guest experience, top-notch service and inclusivity a priority, MADE, the inaugural hotel project from the Devli group, has been designed to encourage authentic interactions amongst guests.
The 108 guest rooms, spread across 18 floors, were designed by Studio MAI and are both well thought out and earthy, incorporating raw materials and rich hand-woven fabrics with five-star amenities.
With pops of greenery and an indoor/outdoor setting, Made’s rooftop bar, Good Behaviour, is located on the 19thfloor and offers impressive views of the city and Tiki-inspired cocktails.
Grab your morning brew at the hotel’s communal café Paper, while New American seasonal restaurant Ferris, hidden in the basement, offers first-class service in an unpretentious setting.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
CONSCIOUS travellers seeking sustainable luxury in an iconic location will adore this nature-led hotel.
Sitting beside East River in Brooklyn’s industrial-turned-hip DUMBO neighbourhood, just south of Brooklyn Bridge, 1 Hotel combines eco-conscious design with sustainable architecture and top-tier service.
The 194-room hotel’s lobby makes a dramatic first impression with its eight-metre green wall, featuring steel grating covered in hand-placed plants and creeping vines, and two-storey spiral staircase punctuated by a sculpture of obsidian rock boulders wrapped in hand-dyed rope by Rachel Weiss.
Regional and re-claimed materials have been used throughout the hotel and furnishings and design details include soft leather chairs and pendant leather lampshades, open-slatted wood closets, corrugated leather headboards and custom hemp-blend mattresses by Keetsa wrapped in 100 per cent organic sheets.
Guest experience is everything at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge with other perks including free yoga, cozy socks to take home, Triple Clear filtered water and cool river view hammocks in the Skyline Suites and Riverhouse.
The hotel’s rooftop bar and pool is a hot spot and boasts panoramic views of East River, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Manhattan skyline and a killer cocktail menu.
Inspired by the surrounding Flower District, this blooming lovely newcomer opened its doors on Valentine’s Day and has already stolen the hearts of many a discerning traveller.
Paying homage to the neighbourhood’s retro-industrial style with a strong botanical influence, the 35-storey, 249-room micro-room, macro-amenity hotel, located in the heart of the Chelsea Flower Market, was developed by Lightstone and is part of the Marriott International’s Moxy Hotels brand.
On arrival, guests are immediately transported into a tranquil urban oasis as they enter the hotel through the overgrown Putnam & Putnam Flower Shop, with planter boxes suspended from the 4.5-metre wall.
Beyond the store, a bright yellow neon sign spells out the words MEET and GREET, Moxy’s playful twist on a traditional hotel reception.
Guest rooms – the three configurations include King, Double/Double and Quad Bunk - are drenched in sunlight with floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows, with more cheeky signs and other artisan touches.
Designed to create an environment that appeals to both modern travellers and native New Yorkers, Moxy has a collection of lively public spaces for dining, drinking and co-working spaces with an inclusive ‘neighbourhood’ vibe.
Rates start at AU$231 per night.
Other options to consider for a unique NYC stay are:
Arlo SoHo Hotel
The Jane Hotel
The William Vale