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First Look: The Lobby of The Ace Hotel New York

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May 20, 2009 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

Behold the majesty of having the first look inside of the lobby of the barely-open, much-hyped Ace Hotel NYC. Up until our infiltration, the lobby had remained a dark, mysterious spot in New York City where no cameras seemed to tread and only tweets made it out alive.

While the darkness still prevails—this hotel's lighting is the worst for taking good photographs—we managed to sink into one of the cracked leather banquettes and absorb the decor, which reminds us of the study and liquor cabinet of an elderly, crotchety Ivy League professor who dabbles in botany as well as mixology. It's musty, it's retro, and its ceiling is still being restored during the day while at night, the artist James Hammond works to complete his "Graffiti Collection" installation on the wall of the lobby stairs.

That's enough from us until the full room review later today; we'll let the video above speak for itself. Do let us know in the comments what you think of this massive (by New York standards) lobby, and if you think that it's as game-changing for the New York lobby/bar scene as everyone seems to think it is. One thing's for sure: it'll be bustling this summer when the hotel's restaurant, The Breslin, finally opens its doors into the space.

Archived Comments:

oh god oh god oh god

Bad memories of studying during finals period. throw a couple sugar-free redbull cans on that table and some kid slinking around peddling adderall and it might as well be my college library.

re: oh god

That might be the point.


i do like the front desk. sorta looks like the ticket booth at an old school movie theater.

cool floor tiles...

...everything else looks just like the rooms. Hopefully they'll put some dimmers on the lights eventually.

love and hate

love it but hate the japanese privacy screens-- what what?

white noisy

Ugh. Too white. And those wood or metal office chairs are going to make one helluva racket being pushed back and forth across those tiled floors. Big props for the weathered giant letter "A", though.

Nice Thing

Very Nice, Really it is very beautiful.