By Dian Hasan | May 16, 2010
Going against the grain of boutique hotels seems to be the basic premise of Seattle-based Ace Hotels, which has gone eastward and planted their first brand of new cool in the Big Apple. This is after a series of successfully acing hotels by the same name in Seattle (obviously), Portland and Palm Springs.
After all, what boutique hotel could claim having bunk beds, turntables and SMEG fridges in the guest rooms, an industrial-style elevator, and mix and match vintage furniture so unique, it feels as if New York’s famous ABC Carpet & Home furnishing has decided to start allowing stay over night in the store.
Ace New York City, a reincarnation of the 1904 edifice that housed the former Breslin Hotel, and what a sumptuous reincarnation at that! Ace defies classification, it’s as if you’ve entered an old aunt’s living room in Prague, Berlin or Paris.
From the 18-foot-high ceiling that adorns the lobby, to the original mosaic tile floor and carved plaster ceiling in the public areas, to the vintage faucets and blackboards for scribbling your thoughts in the guest rooms, Ace is uniquely different.
Ace , positions itself impeccably against Gotham City’s plethora of hotels with personality. For this one’s shines through.
By Dian Hasan | May 26, 2009
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Venice: The City of Canals
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Rome: The Eternal City
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Paris: The City of Light
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Florence: The Renaissance Stunner
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Lisbon: Picturesque City by the Tagus
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