On a recent trip to New York, I stopped in at the Ace Hotel in midtown Manhattan. My jaw hit the floor - I had seen pictures and heard wonderful things about the hotel but the photos didn't do the experience justice. Kudos to owners, Alex Calderwood, Doug Herrick, and Wade Weigel and New York based design firm, Roman and Williams. I ran into interior designer, Loren Daye at a party and she mentioned that every little detail was considered from the bar wood paneling to the wall covering. She said that the owners were approachable and had a clear vision making the design collaboration more fluid. Even with the extensive renovations at the Ace Hotel, elements of the 1904 building were retained including the beautiful mosaic tiled floors in the lobby and coffered ceilings. The 179,000 sq ft boutique hotel features 258 rooms, a Stumptown Coffee shop, and a restaurant/bar called the Breslin, a nice nod as the building was formally the Hotel Breslin. The prices are reasonable, starting under $200. The rooms possess an understated sophistication and are luxurious but not stuffy. Their rooms range from a bunk, perfect if you and a friend are hitting the town to a super deluxe suite. The rooms feel like modern hotel meets college dorm room. Where one would expect to see a typical built in closet, there are chic closet organizers and art comes in the form of murals or hung canvas paintings.
What I love about the design of this hotel is the cohesion of the entire experience. Sleek, modern and bold graphic touches blend well with vintage inspired furnishings. My favorite part of the hotel has to be the library inspired lobby, decked out with loungy sectionals, old factory carts as tables, sparkling chandeliers and yes, taxidermy. The aesthetic of the hotel carries into the hotel staff uniforms as well, sort of hipster guy, even for the girls. I grabbed a shot of Ben at the reception desk. To create their off the street look, Ace teamed up with designers such as custom fitted shirts by L.Gambert, jeans by Levi’s, Chuck Taylers by Converse, and vintage Glen-check Coto tie. For more images and info on their uniforms, check out Coolhunting.
The Ace Hotel is located in the not so hip yet up and coming NoMad neighborhood (north of Madison Square), this fresh and youthful spot will no doubt help redefine this area...but there is competition nearby coming soon as the NoMad hotel opens this winter.