The focus now turns to the Ace's projected February opening, as just this week we've discovered more about the hotel than ever, including who'll be roasting its coffee (Stumptown of Portland), its illustrious neighbors (designer Isabel Toledo and her artist husband, Ruben), and the color of the in-room turntables (Ferrari red). All of this has been designed by New York-based firm Roman and Williams, who also worked on The Royalton and the upcoming Standard NYC.
An illuminating article in November's issue of Monocle gives us the lowdown on the Ace's concept of "resourceful rehab":
The hotel will be furnished from salvage shops and re-upholstered Brimfield flea market discoveries. The 5.5m-high lobby will have a library (we are so right on) and a communal table for hanging out and checking emails. The deluxe-bohemian rooms will have Ferrari-red Music Hall turntables, a supply of vinyl and Gibson guitars. Textures are retro-chick glossy black window shutter, Pendleton wool blankets and leather sofa beds to encourage sleepovers.
If you simply cannot wait to strum and hum in an Ace suite, then we've got great news: their website is open to reservations! We put in random dates for a weekend in June (playing it safe) and it returned with rates of $209 for a private bunk bed room up to $879 for the "Loft."
But before you go booking a bunk, check out the sneak peek pics from blog We Are The Market, who crept around the property a few days ago. They've got snaps of the Smeg refrigerator ("maxi-bar"), stocked closet and vintage showerheads. With details so beautifully turned out and such competitive room rates for New York, the hype for the Ace almost makes us want to do some up-cycling of our own.