The Vibe: Hip as ever.
The Area: NoMad
The DNA: Utter the term ‘hip hotel’, and it’s Ace that comes to mind. When Alex Calderwood, Wade Weigel and Doug Herrick opened Ace Hotel Seattle in 1999, few would have thought that ten years later that essence of creative community would land in central Manhattan with a fanfare that resonated through the hotel industry. Another decade has passed, and that resonance has reshaped the world’s view of a millennial-minded hotel; Ace Hotel New York often referred to as the blueprint for which culturally conscious hotels follow today. Housed in a turn-of-the-century building in Manhattan’s NoMad neighbourhood, Ace Hotel New York is as much a hub for locals as it is the curious travellers who fill the rooms and communal spaces. After all, the blueprint reads that a contemporary hotel brand should fulfil experiences rather than dishing out traditional hospitality clichés. Stepping into that iconic lobby, you’ll find a mix of digital nomads, entrepreneurs and locals in the know; all hanging out and working to the rhythm of a caffeine fix from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. A cocktail or craft beer ease the work crowd into social evening-mode.
Suite-Me-Up: Bedrooms are stylish, exposed pipes and brick walls softened by mid-century furniture, art and dimmed lighting. They are also huge by New York standards. Replacing the standard wardrobe is a clothes rack constructed from bent plumbing pipes – a nod to hood’s fashion and garment history – with hanging steel boxes to store additional clothes and accessories.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 258 rooms & suites (13-65m2) (140-711 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2009 • interior design: Roman and Williams • bathroom amenities: custom • parking possible nearby (charged) • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible