Sean MacPherson’s Ludlow Hotel to Offer ‘Rockstar’ Suite and ‘Skybox Loft’

Posted on: April 16th, 2014 at 12:00 pm by

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A room at The Ludlow

Now in its final lap, the BD Hotels crew is starting to drip even more details about its latest Ludlow Hotel project. The Ludlow. Most of what we knew about this place until now focused on the incoming restaurant – the latest from the Torrisi team called Dirty French, which opens this summer and will operate from breakfast until “late.”

Obviously there’s more. Apparently there are “rockstar” suites and “skybox lofts,” as well as a “blue-stone paved back courtyard.”

The masochists out there might appreciate the challenge of tackling the new thousand-word press release distributed this morning. The babble outlines in painstaking detail what the neighborhood is actually receiving from this development, which has been in the works – in one form or another – for almost a decade.

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Here are some excerpts.

In an area long defined by its confines and tenements, The Ludlow will create an inviting public space on its ground floor.  The lobby atrium harks back to the days when downtown lofts would house happening clubs or one-off parties with indescribable mixes of creative people.  “Those spaces were magnets, and we’re hoping this one will be,” MacPherson says.  “We’d like to function as a living room for the neighborhood.”

Flooded with light, the ground-floor is cleverly designed with windows and glass walls to offer clear views from the Ludlow St. entrance straight through to the bluestone-paved back courtyard – itself a rare amenity anywhere in Manhattan.

Upstairs feels private and personal – like a New Yorker’s downtown living space – with furniture and artisan touches hand-picked by MacPherson.  Hardwood floors and handmade silk rugs complement artisan-crafted Moroccan pendant lamps and Indo-Portuguese style beds. “Tree-trunk” nightstands in petrified wood come from Brooklyn furniture temple Organic Modernism.

Between two plush upholstered chairs, a marble-topped bistro table in each room feels like a lucky find you might nab at one of Manhattan’s antique flea markets. Supremely comfortable amenities include Bellini sheets from Italy and new, exclusive bath products from Red Flower.  Locally sourced mini-bar offerings from some of New York’s favorite hometown purveyors will include thoughtfully selected healthful options. Huge flat-screen TVs complete the rooms.

Sharp-eyed guests will recognize plush bathrobes and “Persian rug” trompe-l’oeil bathmats from Maison Martin Margiela, the cult Paris fashion label renowned for witty, subversive takes on luxe clothing and accessories.  Full bathrooms with rainshower heads come standard, many also offer soaking tubs.  All bathrooms boast black-and-white tilework and brass fixtures.  Heavy wooden doors help muffle noise and add to a sense of place and history.

The Ludlow offers 184 guestrooms including 20 spectacular suites in nine configurations.  Spaces will range from Full to Queen and King rooms, each with sweeping city views and many with a private terrace. A “Rockstar” suite with wraparound windows and 1,100-foot terrace, and “Skybox Loft” with designated sitting area, offers breathtaking vistas of New York’s bridges and landmarks.  The Williamsburg Bridge, in fact, is a quick walk from the Ludlow.  Legendary smoked-fish emporium Russ & Daughters and knish haven Yonah Schimmel are steps away.

How do you feel about the new hotel after reading the press release?

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