Hotel in Midtown with a buzzing nightlife
Stayed at the Ace Hotel in Midtown, NY for my first visit to the Big Apple. It is part of a group of boutique hotels birthed in Seattle that has expanded into other cities in America including Palm Springs and Portland. Their newest offerings outside of the US include London and Panama.
If you hate buzzy lively hotels, then I’d stay well clear of the Ace. Beyond a hotel, it is a destination in itself. The lobby is always bursting at the seams with people furiously typing on their Macs / reading / checking each other out, with events being held here pretty much every night.
When we arrived on the Sunday night, we made a pit stop at the bar, ordered some cocktails and snacked on some very spicy but delicious nuts and good triple cooked chips. That night, they had a young indie band from New Zealand playing in the lobby.
Everything is a little over designed in the sense that it doesn’t feel effortless – the strategically placed guitar in the rooms, ‘quirky’ slogans on the ironing boards and street esque art on the walls. Yes, the design is a little try hard but this is balanced by the people that make the hotel tick along; the staff mostly clad in Opening Ceremony designed varsity jackets are genuinely cool and the service is friendly.
Talking of Opening Ceremony, they’ve got an outpost just around the corner from the hotel. A hazard to the health of a fashion lover.
I didn’t try out the adjoining restaurants / cafes like the Breslin but they regularly receive good reviews.
I really enjoyed my stay here and would definitely consider it again when I visit NYC.
LAST VISITED NOVEMBER 2013