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Ace Hotel Review
Stepping into Ace Hotel is something of a revelation: you'll immediately be hit with the thought that this is not an ordinary boutique hotel. The lively lobby melds Ivy League library with curiosity cabinet—taxidermy, mosaic tile floors, wooden bookcases, antique sofas, and light fixtures made with pieces of glass from the Hubble Telescope—while the staff wear custom Levi's, Converse sneakers, and collar shirts. The vibe is unstuffy and down-to-earth, making it a popular hangout for creatives and people who work from wherever they lay their laptop. The rooms run from "cheap" and "bunk" (yes, they really have bunk beds) to "super-deluxe" and "loft," indicative of an inclusive ethos—the Ace is always both high and low. No two rooms are alike, with original artwork by local and international artists adorning the walls, and carefully curated found furnishings like turntables, Gibson guitars, and exclusive Pendleton wool blankets. With two in-house restaurants run by celebrated chef April Bloomfield—the Breslin gastropub and the shellfish-focused John Dory Oyster Bar—along with the crowd-pleasing No. 7 Sub shop, and an outpost of the Portland-based Stumptown Coffee Roasters in the lobby, you won't have to travel far for trendy dining or celeb-spotting.
Ace is the Place
Are there any other hotel lobbies that require a bouncer for entry on Friday and Saturday nights? Not in New York City, anyway. The Ace had its genesis as a utilitarian brand in the Pacific Northwest offering inexpensive boutique stays with offbeat outfittings like sinks and flags salvaged from flea markets throughout the countryside. But here in New York, it has evolved into a creative collaboration featuring of-the-moment food from chef April Bloomfield at the Breslin and John Dory restaurants, and cult brands like clothier Opening Ceremony and Stumptown Coffee. The hotel has become the nightlife nexus in a newly hip neighborhood, the Garment District (recently rebranded as NoMad, i.e. North of Madison Square Park). Even by day the lobby is a mobile office for New York's startup set, so bring a hoodie and a cocktail dress for your stay.
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