The Ace Hotel is a hidden gem situated in a no-man's land in the shadow of the Empire State building. You walk past ethnic restaurants, import-export offices, Indian perfume shops and cheap jewelry stores and suddenly find yourself at the doors of this well preserved building.
Your eyes take just a moment to adjust to the dimly lit lobby. You are hit with trendy indie/jazzy/hip-hop music coming through an excellent sound system. The decor is tastefully eclectic, with lots of comfortable nooks and corners for chilling out with drinks or coffee. Hipsters, staff and young artists and professionals engage in conversation... and everybody looks cool in their own way. As soon as my wife and I walked into the lobby of the Ace, we knew it was a special place.
As we waited at the bar for our room to be readied, Sean the bartender gave us invaluable "insider" information about places to eat and hang out in around Manhattan and Brooklyn. All the staff we met were true individuals, helpful and accessible.
The Breslin restaurant at the hotel serves the best chips and Scotch eggs IN THE WORLD. If you like meat, especially pork in all its glory, you will not be disappointed by the Breslin. Excellently handled by its British chef.
There is a Stumpdown coffee shop where you are served unashamedly good, strong, aromatic coffee by aloof tattooed baristas who know their coffee well. A great place for your first caffeine injection of the day.
The room we stayed in was a "budget" room with a double bed, mini-fridge and en-suite bath. It was perfect for two people. Great view of the Empire State and 29th street from our window. The room was decorated and fitted with the basics but in such a way that was refreshingly clever, minimalist, stylish and utterly practical. A well thought-out concept which we truly appreciated.
We whole-heartedly recommend the Ace to those who enjoy hip, artsy, NYC chic. Not really a place for families with kids.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Deluxe room at the Ace Hotel. Spacious room with high ceilings, large windows and large bathroom. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ace Hotel New York City