Ace Hotel New York
- Style Rock ’n’ roll retro
- Setting Midtown flower district
WINNER: HOTTEST HOTEL BAR – SMITH HOTEL AWARDS 2013
Bursting onto the NYC boutique-hotel scene with a thrum of guitar strings and a bohemian shrug, Ace Hotel New York is one for the creatives, with turntables in rooms, art-lined walls and a youthful air of hipster chic.
Need to know
- Rooms 262, including 11 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $159.00, excluding tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional room tax of $3.50 per room per night on check-out.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (US$18).
- Facilities Gym, photobooth, free WiFi throughout, parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD player, iPod dock, Gibson guitar, Music Hall Radio, Rudy’s toiletries. Some rooms have turntables and Smeg fridges loaded with beer kegs and munchies.
- Check–out Noon, but there may be some flexibility. Check in, 3pm.
Children Welcome, with free cots for babies, and roll-away beds for older kids (US$25 a night). There’s a children’s menu in the restaurant and bikes and strollers are available for tots.
- Eco‐friendly The restaurant’s food is all locally sourced, and there’s a recycling policy in place for wood, glass, metal and plastic.
- Also Mutts under 25lb are acceptable luggage, and will be charged a US$25 cleaning charge per night.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The higher you go, the better the view – you can glimpse the Empire State Building from the upper storeys. Ask for one overlooking pretty 29th Street rather than busy Broadway – 414 fits the bill, and includes a huge double-doored bathroom, a proper loafer’s sofa and a fab tweed retro chair. For a boho New-York-apartment stay, book one of the nine Lofts on the corners of the building. 411 comes with beautiful bay windows gaze down on the city streets, artfully rusted steel-topped coffee tables surrounded by curvy sofas, dining tables to seat six, and palatial bathrooms with freestanding baths and separate showers. Budget-conscious families or friends travelling together can go for one of the Deluxe Doubles (try 415), which have two beds (one king-size, one queen).
- Packing tips Bring your muse – you’ll find a Gibson guitar in most rooms and a stack of blank sheet music to scribble down your compositions.
- Also Take advantage of the lobby photobooth to capture the end of a night spent listening to lobby-rocking DJs or sipping cocktails in the John Dory Oyster Bar.
Food and drink at Ace Hotel New York
- Hotel restaurant The Breslin (named after Ace’s previous hotel incarnation) showcases the nose-to-tail culinary carnality of Spotted Pig founders April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman. Taking its style cues from low-key 19th-century bars and saloons, the restaurant is rich in mahogany and period detailing, with distressed green leather upholstery, reclaimed wood floors and, given the meaty menu, an appropriately masculine atmosphere. Pull up one of the royal blue or candy apple green quilted leather stools lining the old school bar at the John Dory Oster Bar. This throwback dining den is an homage to the shucking shacks of the past. Cocktails are crafted by the master of the shaker, Sasha Petraske of Milk & Honey fame. There's a Stumptown coffee shop in the lobby, too.
- Dress code Hipster jeans, CBGBs nostalgia t-shirts and your best ‘tortured rocker’ expression.
- Last orders The lobby bar winds down at 2am.
- Room service Breslin’s full menu is available day and night.
- Hotel bar Resembling stage set swiped from Broadway, the Ace Hotel Bar in the far corner of the lobby is decked out like a room from classic Park Avenue apartment, with panelled walls, distressed Chesterfields, and books galore. DJs drop in from time to time.