NBC New York quotes the original post by Charlie O'Donnell, who says that "a long study hall style table, comfortable couches, and wifi whose codes are the worst kept secret..." all contribute to the Ace's lobby allure, and let's not forget the proximity of the Stumptown coffeeshop. These qualities may make the space ideal for working, but with droves of people clogging its bottom floor and creating major foot traffic, the higher-ups have taken action.
Small placards reading "Get a Room! These seats are reserved for hotel guests only." have been littered around the lobby, reports O'Donnell. Lobby crowding is now a constant issue at the Ace, and will likely grow now that The Breslin is open for business. Last time we dropped byin the middle of a weekday, mind youall seats were indeed filled. Perhaps they were stuffed with the same luminaries that O'Donnell spotted: author Malcolm Gladwell, Charlie Rose, Tobey Maguire and Zach Klein of Boxee and Vimeo. We remember when we were the only cool kids blogging from the long study table.
With this vacate warning being issued from Ace management, it's back to Starbucks it is for wayward tech folk—if they know what's good for them.