district: between Boerum Hill and Downtown
In the works since 2014, the new built Ace Hotel Brooklyn is set in a brutalist-like building with oversized Georgian windows. Interiors are by Roman and Williams – who also designed the Midtown New York and New Orleans locations of the hip brand.
Inspired by the raw artist studio spaces of the European modernists (gridded windows, exposed concrete), the spacious (by New York standards) guest rooms include custom wood sofas and chairs, cotton bedding, and minimalist fixtures. Like other Ace hotels, there are also SMEG fridges, Tivoli radio’s, D’Angelico Guitars, Music Hall turntables, and vinyl record selections from Rough Trade.
The lobby features vintage and custom seating and working space for guests and locals, half-moon windows, lots of natural light, and artworks by Verdan Jakšić. There are three bars. The Garden is a natural wine bar whose ceiling is one large, sawtooth-shaped skylight, large enough to beautifully dapple the adjacent venue – a so-called “library” comically devoid of books – in indirect sunlight. The largest bar, which sits under a striking porthole-like window at one end of the lobby, is the main place to grab a drink. The third place sits inside the all-day restaurant and is accessible from the street. A grab-and-go offers doughuts, pastries, breads, and lunch options.
For its art program Ace has collaborated with curator and artist Niki Tsukamoto featuring works of over a dozen local fiber and textile artists showcased in rooms and throughout the hotel. A ground floor gallery space has rotating exhibitions, while a ceramic mural created by Stan Bitters and a cascading light installation created by Roman and Willians (inspired by the Hotel Okura in Tokyo) adorn the lobby and façade.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 287 rooms & suites (23-78m2) (248-835 sq ft) • hotel opened: July 2021 • architecture: Stonehill Taylor (New York) • interior design: Romand and Williams (New York) • parking possible nearby (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk
Ace Hotels was founded in 1999 in Seattle by a group of music- and design-loving friends who saw touring bands as their dream demographic. What they created was artistic in its vibe and accessible in its price point. It’s easy to forget how revolutionary it was at the time, built amid a sea of big-box Marriotts and Hiltons. Now, its most trailblazing features (communal lobbies, loftlike rooms) have been replicated ad nauseum in boutique hotels from Albuquerque to Zurich.