About Ace Hotel New York
All you need to know about the Ace Hotel New York is on display in the main lobby, just past the cute flower cart by the entrance. You'll quickly discover that it's less of a conventional meeting place for guests than a living room of sorts for New York's creative class. The place positively buzzes with young people huddled over MacBooks and chatting over drinks. The Wi-Fi is open, the alcohol flows freely and the vibe is almost impossibly convivial.
That cool-yet-inclusive attitude pervades the whole hotel experience. The Ace was built in 1904 as the Breslin Hotel and it drips with antiqued charm. In its 269 rooms, you might find a gleaming copper shower or a full-sized Smeg refrigerator stocked with Brooklyn Lager—a hipster's spin on the mini-bar. You might also have a turntable to spin the vinyl you found while record-shopping in Brooklyn, and a Polaroid-style camera to commemorate your trip. (Why go digital when film is so much cooler?) The rooms, and indeed the whole hotel, are decorated in a simple urbane style—think dark, short-fibered carpet and plaid linens, with chalkboards or graffiti-style art on the walls. Bathrobes are gray, not white—a representative detail in a place where everything is thought carefully through and impeccably art-directed.
Rooms are unpretentiously dubbed "mini" (about 200 square feet), "small" (275 square feet), "medium" (330 square feet), "large" (450 square feet) and "loft" (711 square feet). Backpacking travelers looking for a splurge might consider the eight 170-square foot rooms with twin bunk beds. If you have the option, ask for a room facing Broadway, which is likely to be less noisy than the adjacent 29th Street. The centrally located neighborhood, colloquially known as NoMad, is close to Penn Station and Madison Square Garden (to the west) and Madison Square Park (to the east). The latter is a popular (but still somehow underrated) greenspace, a great place to relax in the afternoon with a burger from the park's insanely popular Shake Shack. Find a place on the lawn or mosey over to the park's edge for a terrific view of the Flatiron Building.
Returning to the hotel after a day in the city, don't miss the exceptional on-site shopping. For men's and women's clothes and accessories, there's Opening Ceremony, a boutique that stocks trendy brands like Hickey Freeman, Band of Outsiders and Acne. Just off the lobby is No. 8a, which will scramble your expectations of what a hotel gift shop might carry. Don't come here looking for disposable razors or a mini bottle of Scope: here you might find, among other things, a biography of Serge Gainsbourg, a rack of 3-D postcards, a set of cufflinks, a box of Legos, a pair of shoes and a jar of pickles. It's eccentric, upscale and intensely artsy—in other words, a microcosm of the Ace itself.
More than most hotels, the Ace has a target demographic: young creative professionals who should find their every need catered to. That means local beer in the mini bar, a blog-worthy restaurant in the lobby, and an indie-rock sensibility that speaks loud and clear to anyone who's ever watched Portlandia. The place is trendy but dispenses with the intimidating velvet-rope vibe you'll find at some other upscale hotels. It's fashionable, but the kind of fashionable where the guests seem to spend more money on skinny jeans than on suits and ties. Families are welcome, but might feel out of place amidst all the beautifully scruffy singles.
Ace Hotel New York Location Information:
20 W. 29th St
New York, NY 10001
N,R to 28th St.; 6 to 28th St
Guests of the Ace have access to one of New York's best and hottest restaurants, the Breslin, a Michelin-starred meat-centric gastropub—think terrines, rabbit confit and a wicked lamb burger— from British chef April Bloomfield (of another NYC hotspot, the Spotted Pig). It's located just off the lobby and does room service. Want just a snack? The place also makes spiced almonds and caramel popcorn. It's worth popping by just for a drink, to soak up the urban hunting-lodge vibe.
The John Dory Oyster Bar
Another hot Bloomfield production—this one is focused on seafood.
No. 7 Sub
The kind of place that'd do a ham sandwich with pickled blueberries, red onions, Muenster cheese, jalapeno mayo and, for good measure, potato chips.
Java snobs will rejoice at the in-house franchise of Stumptown, the Portland-originated coffee shop. Stop by on your way out of the hotel, or have your coffee delivered to your room 24 hours a day.
- 24 hour front desk
- ATM Machine
- Business Center
- Cable/Satellite TV
- Dry cleaning service
- Free local telephone calls
- Gift Shop
- Ice Machine
- Non-Smoking Facility
- Pet Friendly
- Room Service
- Security Guard
- Sundries shop
- Wheelchair Access