By Roger Sands

Manhattan is home to more than its fair share of iconic hotels. However, the “city that never sleeps” also boasts a plethora of exquisite boutique hotels that will host tennis enthusiasts from all across the globe. Fans of the US Open who opt to stay in Manhattan have the convenience of catching the train from Grand Central Station to Flushing Meadows, the section of Queens where the tournament is held.

Over the last few decades the vibrancy in Manhattan has progressed steadily to the south and east. Along with this trend has been the introduction of high-end boutique hotels on the Lower East SideWith its romantic history of vagabonds, punks, artists, and rule breakers, the Bowery is now home to a growing number of independent boutiques, restaurants, clubs, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Today, the Bowery is registered with the New York State Register of Historic Places and exudes an exciting pulse of the city.

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The Bowery Hotel

The Bowery Hotel sits in the epicenter of this transformation. Service, style and sophistication are hallmarks of this 135-room hotel which features sun-drenched rooms with hardwood floors, luxurious 400-thread count linens and rich velvet drapes. The Bowery Hotel is the quintessential New York City hotel, with floor to ceiling industrial style windows that allow for remarkable city views and a residential loft design that embodies New York City itself.  

From a gracious welcome at the door to a roaring fire in the lobby, hand-picked antique furnishings to high-tech room accessories, and absinthe at the bar to fresh-baked cookies at turndown, The Bowery Hotel brings the opulent warmth of a classic European hotel to New York’s most intriguing neighborhood. The Bowery Hotel’s 2007 opening coincided with a new chapter in the rejuvenation of its famous namesake.

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With impeccable details personally overseen by proprietors Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson, the Bowery updates Old World hospitality with smart amenities and original touches. Handmade dark-wood panels adorn the walls, contrasting with colorful Moroccan tiles. Antique chairs, sofas, and tables, hand-picked by Goode and MacPherson, are softly illuminated by chandelier-like iron fixtures. An artisan mural wraps around the room, depicting 19th-century New York scenes. Guests enjoy cocktails, coffee, tea, or light snacks as they chat or peruse a newspaper from the antique wooden racks. The atmosphere is genial, unhurried, and casual, ideal for lingering.
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The Ludlow

In addition to the Bowery Hotel, MacPherson has teamed with New York hoteliers Ira Drukier, and Richard Born to introduce a new184-room Lower East Side hotel that evokes the rich history of a neighborhood whose charm continue to grow. The Ludlow Hotelconjures the area’s vivid history, from the “Gangs of New York” era to Jewish immigration to the wild art and music of the ‘80s.The Ludlow’s solid brick façade and factory casement windows make it fit seamlessly onto its historic block.

The trip starts at the Ludlow’s red-brick entryway. Steel and glass doors open to oak paneled-walls and marble mosaic floors. A grand distressed-limestone fireplace dominates the lobby lounge. Flooded with light, the ground-floor is cleverly designed with windows and glass walls to offer clear views from the Ludlow Sreet entrance straight through to the bluestone-paved back courtyard – itself a rare amenity anywhere in Manhattan. 
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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. The Ludlow Penthouse, with wraparound windows and 1,100-foot terrace, and “Skybox Loft” with designated sitting area, offer breathtaking vistas of New York’s bridges and landmarks.

 

The Ludlow’s eagerly awaited restaurant has been the talk of food circles for months. Dirty French will be the first French restaurant from Major Food Group, the group whose white-hot eateries include Torrisi, Parm, Carbone, and ZZ’s Clam Bar. Operating from breakfast until late, Dirty French will feature rebooted, provocative Gallic classics – and embody the “distinctly New York style and swagger” extolled by The New York Times. Major Food Group partners Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick will personally oversee the restaurant.

Roger Sands, who served as an assistant editor, is a freelance travel journalist who writes frequently about luxury destinations, gourmet dining and sports travel. His articles have appeared in major media outlets, including the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Executive Travel Magazine, SKI and others. His quest is to find the perfect Afternoon Tea venue.