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10 Things We Love About The Ludlow

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  Site Where: 180 Ludlow Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10002
July 29, 2015 at 5:56 PM | by | ()

Alright then, you've heard the news but don't be too sad. We're still publishing until Friday.

Yes, this totally cool coffee table in the lobby is a scaled map of Manhattan. Yes, that's Central Park in the middle and yes, that's grass.

It's summer in the city, and we love nothing more than to hit the streets and see the latest hotel developments, up close and personal. We recently popped into The Ludlow to check out the new Penthouse - which was cool on so many levels - but we were also drawn to the countless other great details throughout the hotel. We rounded up our 10 favorites.

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From Ludlow and AKA, Two New Suites to See in NYC

July 15, 2015 at 11:29 AM | by | ()

New York is never short of hotel rooms big and small (mostly small), but suites are still something special, even if they cost more than your monthly rent. Here are two new hotel suites from The Ludlow, a casual boho joint on the LES side and from the AKA United Nations, a buttoned up spot for professionals to er, let their buttons out in Midtown East.

THE LUDLOW: This LES hotel from Sean MacPherson opened last June but the Ludlow Penthouse took a little longer to open and for good reason too. The 1,500-sq.ft. pied-à-terre has a full kitchen, a dining table for six, a large living room, a skybox sitting area, two full bathrooms with rain showers, a windowed soaking tub and a large bedroom with a king-sized bed. The vibe is decidedly "rocker-chic" with intriguing handmade Moroccan chandeliers, cheeky bronzed backside stools from Novello Finotti and an entertainment center stocked with a record player and vintage vinyls.

But the pièce de résistance is clearly the 1,000-sq.ft. outdoor furnished terrace, located along the side of the building, with killer views of the World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge and the city beyond. Rates start at $1,950 a night.

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Mario Batali to Bring His Italian Dishes (and Orange Crocs) Into NYC's Maritime Hotel

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  Site Where: 363 West 16th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
August 28, 2014 at 7:03 PM | by | ()

La Bottega at Manhattan's Maritime Hotel has long been a HotelChatter favorite spot, thanks in part to their killer outdoor dining spot. But now, La Bottega is on the way out and coming in is chef Mario Batali and his partner, Joe Bastianich.

The duo and their B&B Hospitality Group will take over the entire food and beverage program at the hotel, featuring "cooking of the Italian coast and islands." Here's what Batali said in a statement:

“The Maritime has just as much, if not more, outdoor space than any other hotel in Manhattan. It’s the sort of place I like to spend time. We’ll bring our perspective on Italian food and a little old-school New York to this Chelsea landmark,” Batali says. “The neighborhood is ready for a new hangout. I look forward to working with Richard Born and Sean MacPherson and their expert team.”

(FYI: Richard Born and Sean MacPherson are the hoteliers behind The Maritime.)

This is not the first time Batali and Bastianich have opened a restaurant within a hotel. The two run Carnevino, B&B and the Otto Enoteca & Pizzeria at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

According to Eater, La Bottega has not announced an exact closing date but it's probably pretty soon. The new B&B resto should open at The Maritme sometime next year.

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The Ludlow Will Open June 3rd at $159 a Night

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  Site Where: 180 Ludlow [map], New York, NY, United States, 10002
April 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM | by | ()

The Ludlow, the latest (and long-awaited) venture from Sean MacPherson and BD Hotels is now open for bookings starting June 3rd.

We see rates starting at a reasonable "Soft Opening" rate of $159 for a Studio Full; $289 for a Skybox Loft, and $329 for a Loft King with Terrace. The hotel's 184 guestrooms (including 20 suites) will be available in nine configurations, all with city views and many with a private terrace. Rooms will feature hardwood floors, handmade silk rugs, artisan-crafted Moroccan pendant lamps and Indo-Portuguese style beds.

Amenities include Bellino sheets from Italy and new, exclusive bath products from Red Flower, while bathrobes and “Persian rug” trompe-l’oeil bathmats come from French label Maison Martin Margiela. Let's just hope for more space than at MacPherson's last hotel, The Marlton.

You can also look forward to a lobby bar, covered garden and restaurant from Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi. And free WiFi.

[Photo: The Ludlow]

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The Ludlow Hotel Will Start Taking Bookings Very Soon

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  Site Where: 180 Ludlow [map], New York, NY, United States, 10002
March 28, 2014 at 10:09 AM | by | ()

At close to six years of delays and drama, we've not been quite sure whether or not to get our hopes up for The Ludlow Hotel on Manhattan's Lower East Side ever actually opening.

However, it does look like an opening date is imminent. We recently stumbled across a real, live website for the hotel, which states" "Bookings from Spring 2014.

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Hotel Nerds Get Excited: The Grand Budapest Hotel 'Opens' Tomorrow

Where: Budapest, Hungary
March 6, 2014 at 5:04 PM | by | ()

It's the moment we've been waiting for forever. Well, actually only since last October but still, we're crazy excited to see Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel", which hits theaters in the states tomorrow.

The inspiration for the film has not been revealed, yet there's only one hotel in Budapest that could be a real contender--The Corinthia Hotel Budapest which was formerly known as the Grand Hotel Royal when it opened in 1896 and actually sports a similar facade to the fictional Grand Budapest Hotel. And naturally, the Corinthia is capitalizing on the similarities with a "Behind the Scenes' package.

The three-night stay includes a tour at the hotel, learning about the role it played in Hungarian film industry (it used to house a cinema), a walking tour of the city's most famous movie set locations, a day cruise on the Danube along with a VIP Grand Budapest movie screening from March 20 to April 9. Breakfast for two is also included. The package stars at a total of $1,150 for two people including buffet breakfast and is valid from March 20 to December 25th.

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The Marlton's Margaux is Now Open

January 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM | by | ()

Remember Cafe Marlton, which was due to open at The Marlton last fall? Well, it finally opened last week and it's now going by the fancier sounding name, Margaux.

Tucked into the rear of the hotel, occupying a light-filled space behind the lobby bar, the 98-seat Parisian-inspired cafe will be keeping long hours, opening from 7 a.m - midnight, and serving a daily changing menu of Californian, French and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. The kitchen is overseen by chefs Michael Reardon (formerly of Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica, and Tra Vigne in Napa) and Jeremy Blutstein of Tremont, Eataly, and The Crow’s Nest in Montauk and dinner selections include the Farmer's Board of red-quinoa tabouli, beets and avocado hummus ($19) and the Dayboat Cod with sea bean ($24).

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Sean MacPherson Disses (Mario) Carbone Then Teams Up With Him for His New Hotel

Where: 180 Ludlow [map], New York, NY, United States, 10002
October 22, 2013 at 9:32 AM | by | ()

Now that we've finally seen the inside of The Marlton, we're ready to turn our attention to Sean MacPherson's next new hotel. After years of delays, things are finally moving along at 180 Ludlow Street in the Lower East Side, and while we are still waiting for The Marlton's Café Marlton to open up, the hotelier has released details of what will be The Ludlow's restaurant.

Last month we had some insider information on The Ludlow's 162 guest rooms and now Sean MacPherson has spoken to Eater and told them that he is teaming up with Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi (of Torrisi and Carbone restaurants) and their parent company, Major Food Group, to develop the new hotel's restaurant. Interesting news, given that MacPherson majorly dissed Carbone in the New York Times' Style section just a week ago:

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The Marlton is Still in a Soft Opening Phase, But We Stayed There Anyway

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  Site Where: 5 West 8th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
October 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM | by | ()

How does Jack Kerouac's old pad hold up under the Sean MacPherson treatment? A HotelChatter Review

We've been patiently awaiting Sean MacPherson's new The Marlton Hotel (built out of a former SRO where some long-standing tenants have been in residence since the 1960s) for a while now. With still no confirmed official opening date on the horizon, we gave up waiting and went in to check out its soft opening.

Check In
We walked to the hotel from West 4th Street station, which was just about a five minute walk. We had to do a double take to make sure we were at the right place as there is no sign outside yet. With just a couple of guests milling around the book-lined and eclectic furniture-filled lobby, our front desk person wasn't rushed so check in was quick and easy. We were given a small black key fob emblazoned with the same lightning strike graphic you'll see on The Marlton's website and a business card scribbled with our room number on, then we were into the single elevator and up to our fifth-floor room.

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The 5 Best Hotels to Stay at in The LES

October 8, 2013 at 1:05 PM | by | ()


It's hard to believe that broke artists once flocked to Manhattan's Lower East Side for the cheap rent; nowadays even a Holiday Inn will set you back over three hundred bucks for one night.

The last couple of decades of gentrification in the LES is now manifesting itself as a bundle of new hotel construction projects in the area. Hotels definitely in the works include the long-delayed 180 Ludlow, a third Hotel Indigo, Peter Poon Architects' skyscraping Hotel Bowery, and what will be New York City's second CitizenM. Just last week, too, we heard rumour of two new Ace Hotels also coming to the area. So we decided it was time for a round-up of what's on offer in the LES right now.

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Spot the Famous Hotelier in this iPhone Ad (Then Peep His Newest Hotel)

September 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM | by | ()

That Sean MacPherson is a busy man. On top of getting his new hotel, The Marlton ready for its projected grand opening next month, look what else he's been getting up to: shooting ads for Apple's new iPhone.

(He's at the 17-second mark. But if you can't watch it, here's a screen grab)

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Guess Who's Back? Hotelier Sean Mac with The Marlton Hotel

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  Site Where: 3 West 8th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
July 30, 2013 at 9:31 AM | by | ()

It's been a long time since we've heard of hotelier Sean MacPherson working on a new hotel in NYC. But it's true. The man behind The Bowery Hotel and The Jane is working on a new hotel in Greenwich Village to be called The Marlton Hotel. No, not the Carlton. The Marlton which we told you about back in September 2011.

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