One of the most dynamic neighborhoods in New York, the Lower East side combines a laid-back sense of cool with some of the best restaurants, bars, shops, and street art in the entire city. Combine that with a mix of ultra trendy, but relaxed hotels, perfectly reflecting the vibe of the neighborhood, and you might just want to stay forever.
The Ludlow Hotel
The Ludlow Hotel’s rooms provide sweeping views of the city | Courtesy of The Ludlow Hotel / Hotels.com
Inspired by the gritty charm of the neighborhood, the Ludlow Hotel offers guests a charming but hip oasis to escape the collected chaos that comes with the neighborhood. The rooms—single guest studios to a 1,500 square foot penthouse—are stylish without feeling self aware, each coming with a wooden four poster bed, rain shower, sitting area with velvet chairs, and massive windows for soaking in the city. More self aware, if not outright self obsessed, Dirty French, the hotel’s restaurant serving upscale French fare, is a scene in and of itself. Come for the Duck à l’Orange, stay for the people watching, and celebrate crashing upstairs in one of the best hotels rooms in the Lower East Side.
If you’ve ever envisioned diving headfirst into a rooftop swimming pool adorned with an underwater portrait of Andy Warhol, the SIXTY LES was made for you. Designed by acclaimed, late designer Jim Walrod, the rooms give off a futuristic eighties vibe with black mirrored walls offset by luxe white linens and sleek furniture. Communal tables and fresh sushi at the hotel’s Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya make the perfect start before closing out the night at the rooftop social club, Make Believe, designed to “evoke the feelings of a exotic and far-off lands” through international music and cocktails.
Conveniently located above highly instagrammable mediterranean food and clinking glasses of frozé at the popular Café Medi, The Hotel on Rivington offers some of the best skyline views of New York. Here guests are treated to exceedingly large rooms with tempur-pedic mattresses, a steam shower or soaker tub, and floor-to-ceiling art made uniquely for each room. S’zen Lounge, located on the second floor serves up asian-influenced bar food and designer cocktails, while Jia, a 1930’s Shanghai themed lounge offers a more relaxed, upscale place to party in the Lower East Side.
Walking into the cavernous first floor entrance, it’s clear that the Hotel Indigo Lower East Side’s dedication to art is serious, especially the street art and artists of the neighborhood. After checking in, it’s hard to leave the 14th floor lobby’s unobstructed skyline views and plush seating, but the room’s hardwood floors, chic ombré curtains, and C.O. Bigelow Apothecary bathroom products are worth getting back on the elevator. Popular amongst locals, the hotel’s rooftop bar, Mr. Purple, pours serious cocktails and serves food from iconic neighborhood restaurants. Don’t forget a swimsuit, Mr. Purple also includes a pool.
Perfectly curated from the outside-in, not one inch of Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel was left up to chance. Rooms are designed to provide “distinct zones” for sleeping, working, and entertaining, and offer floor-to-ceiling windows, each with incredible city views—though the “great view” rooms are truly mouthwatering—and blackout shades. Famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten oversees the hotel’s restaurant, Public Kitchen, which is accompanied by a green outdoor space inspired by Paris’ Tuileries Garden, and the intimate and suave cocktail bar Diego. Guests the hotel are offered exclusive hours at Diego, Shinola bikes to cruise around the city, and “the fastest wireless internet access in New York City.”
A charming street with an eclectic mix of stylish boutiques, timeless luggage shops, cafes, and some of the most popular bars in the city, Orchard is where New York’s youthful crowd blend seamlessly with the neighborhood’s storied residents. Offering a more budget friendly homebase, the Orchard Street Hotel gives visitors a functional yet stylish room with sleek wood finishings and Bath and Body Works products. Stop by the rooftop bar lounge for views of the city before hitting up nearby Pizza Beach for jalapeno margaritas.
A sleek and minimalistic place to rest your head, the Sago Hotel has 20 guest rooms with high cork headboards, glass showers, and, in select rooms, a full kitchenette. A rooftop lounge offers free wine at certain times, but classic New York City views are always happening. Though not not a budget hotel, the Sago Hotel does offer competitive rates with an elevated feel that’s walkable to some of the best shopping and nightlife in the entire city and close to public transit to easily zip around the city.