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The one, and only, Ace Hotel New York
We've long suspected that Ace Hotels had another hotel up their sleeve, maybe for Miami or even the hot market of Chicago.
We know they are working on an LA property but we still can't shake the feeling that their aiming for a second hotel in NYC. Which is why this latest bit of news from the Bowery Boogie gave us quite a start--Ace Hotels is headed to the Lower East Side!
Alas, it's not true. When we checked in with an Ace Hotels rep we found out that Ace Hotels has no plans to open in the former Jarmulowsky Bank Building at the corner of Orchard and Canal Streets. However, it is very likely that a hotel will open in the Beaux Arts building and Bowery Boogie reports that an LES-based architectural firm, Studio Castellano, is in charge of the conversion.
Whoever comes in here, we ain't complaining. The more options in NYC the better. We just have one teensy request--free WiFi please!
Ahhh...we all remember what it's like to be young and in love on a cross-country road-trip staying in a different hotel each night. Or maybe not. For those of you who never got the chance to drive across America after college, we've got a special Summer Road Trip series from Teddy Worcester, a recent Wheaton College grad who's making his way out to San Fran for a tech job. Along the way, he's hitting up about six hotels and reporting back to us on each one. So grab your iced beverage of choice, settle into your lawn chair and let the sprinkler run.
Sally and I arrived in Palm Springs to check-in to our last hotel of the trip, The Ace Hotel. Sally had stayed at the Ace Portland before and I’ve hung out in the Ace in New York but the Palm Springs property seemed like no other. An old converted motel, touting an old Denny’s dining space, Ace Palm Springs has exceptional character.
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The latest output from the seemingly endless fount of hipster goodies commissioned by The Ace Hotel will slip around your wrist, smell like an old English saddle, and make you look super cool at, say, an outdoor music festival.
At least, that's the intention behind the new Ace X Tanner Goods Bracelet (above), which comes in tan and black, and has the Ace Hotel & Swimclub Palm Springs logo etched into it. You can snag one for $50 a pop, which is about a third of the price you'd pay for an actual room at the hotel. So now you must ask yourself: is it a 335 square-foot King Lounge in Palm Springs I want? Or three handmade leather bracelets? Decisions, decisions.
The Seattle Times is reporting today on a project that plans to re-instate LA's historic streetcar line. And one of the places it mentions that will be along the proposed route? Why, the new Ace Hotel going up on Broadway and Olympic Boulevard! Obviously, the guys at Ace really did their research on this one.
Similar to most of the other Ace Hotels, (Ace New York was the former Breslin Hotel built in 1904, and Ace Portland was the former Clyde Hotel built in 1912), the future Ace Los Angeles hotel will hark back to old-skool LA with its refurbished 2,214-seat United Artists theater from 1927. So how fitting that it should find itself along the Broadway stretch of a streetcar route that plans to restore what was "once the busiest and brightest street in the center of [LA]."
UPDATE: SIKE! It's not going to be an Ace Hotel but rather A Thompson Hotel, the sixth Thompson for Manhattan!
Now, we can add another entry to the "maybe" column on our list of upcoming Ace Hotels. While nothing has been confirmed, The Real Deal reports that an abandoned nine-story office building from the 1880s has been purchased by a joint venture partnership, one of whom is an owner of the Ace New York.
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Yup, today is National Pancake Day—always kinda sneaks up on ya, doesn't it?
In an effort to raise awareness for Children's Miracle hospitals, IHOP is offering a free short stack to every customer that walks into the restaurant today. Which is awesome. But, at the same time, it's IHOP, and we like to think our palates are slightly more refined.
Instead, consider a pancake breakfast at a hotel today. Not a guest? Not a problem. These hotel restaurants are all open and accessible to non-guests—trust us, the food is so good, they're worth the trip. And yes, we've managed to come up with more suggestions than just the pancake machines at Holiday Inn Express hotels. If we wanted to make our own, we'd just have stayed at home!
Look out, Chicago, another new boutique hotel will be popping up on your fertile grounds this spring, taking up residence in River North where the former Comfort Inn & Suites (15 E. Ohio) once stood. Set to open this May, the new indie cool
Ace Hotel ACME Hotel Property promises to deliver a casual, design-driven experience for the younger, more technically savvy set.
A game changer in many ways, the ACME Hotel represents Chicago’s first real foray into hipster affordability. And much as we try, we can’t avoid the elephant in the room. ACME throws so many in-your-face similarities to the edgy, affordable Ace brand that it’s impossible not to call a spade a spade… or an ace an ace. Look at that nearly-curated, minimalist design, the cool-footed floors, the canvas wall art — even the ACME logo (check it here screams knock off.)
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New York Fashion Week officially kicked off yesterday, and for the next week, New York is a sloppy mess of runway events, underpaid models, and too many cocktail parties than we care to count. On the plus side, hotels always get a good piece of the action—here's a look at five hotel events this week worth your while.
Since October, Andaz 5th Avenue has been asking a rotating series of local artists to paint murals that represent their "view" of New York. Starting on Sunday, Claw Money—or Gold, as she is also known—will superimpose her own bright, raw graffiti style onto the doors of the bar downstairs.
So if you see a girl in six-inch heels with a can of spray paint, just play along. Photos from the exhibit are being sold in the bar for $5 apiece, proceeds go to charity.
UPDATE 3.19.12: This property will definitely NOT be an Ace Hotel.
A recent blog post on design site, PSFK had our hearts aflutter with this headline, "Ace Hotel Miami Tests Whether Or Not Room Color Effects Your Mood" but when we clicked to read the story, it was actually about a color project at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs. Not sure why PSFK messed up the headline but we started to wonder if an Ace Hotel really was coming to Miami.
That curiosity lead us to this post from Miami Rankings which had some good scoop:
We aren’t getting an Ace Hotel here in Miami but the Indian Creek Hotel on South Beach is going to be renovated and reopening as an upscale hostel (note the errant ‘s’ in that word) that is owned by the same folks who own the Ace Hotel in NYC and Palm Springs. But here’s the fun part–the Sydell Group’s properties include the following restaurants: The Breslin Bar and Dining Room, The John Dory Oyster Bar, No. 7 Sub, and others. Anticipated opening date: Fall 2012.
Ok, we're a little worried that the Ace Hotel may just be getting a little too cool for school. Wait, what are we talking about? They've always been that way. The only difference now is that you can show off your allegiance to the hip brand by wearing one of their new "Letterman jackets".
Retailing at around $300, the jackets are (surprise!) handcrafted in Washington, by a 73-year-old family-run company, using pure Melton wool from Oregon. Got all that? Oh, and they look pretty good, too.
It was only a matter of time before the so hip it hurts boutique hotel chain Ace Hotels arrived in Los Angeles and where else but downtown Los Angeles?
The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop saying that the indie hotel is rumored to open in the United Artists building on Broadway in the area's Historic Core district.
The building first opened in 1927 with a screening of the film, "My Best Girl" inside its 2,214-seat theater. The theater actually hosted several world premieres for studio films from United Artists founders Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith and Charlie Chaplin, which means that unlike a lot of hotels in Hollywood that brag of old Hollywood tales (but really just rely on old Hollywood snapshots in the guest rooms), the Ace LA will actually have the cred to back theirs up.
Even better, the Hollywood Reporter says the Ace will fully renovate and reactivate the theater and make it the "showpiece" of their hotel. Ooo, we can't wait to see this hotel's name in lights!
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Hotel gift shops often offer a dire selection of wares: chintzy city memorabilia and chocolates of questionable quality, for instance, and maybe a plush monogrammed robe if you're lucky. There are exceptions of course, usually on the higher end of the spectrum (see: offerings from Ritz-Carlton properties and The Beverly Hills Hotel, for instance).
Ace properties, however, have done a stand up job in reversing the middling retail reputation of hotels. (Partnering with bourgeoise hipster boutique Opening Ceremony added some definite street cred). Currently offering a few Holiday Bundles, these pre-packaged and branded designer goods include a themed New York pack with an Ace New York x Pendleton plaid throw, Ace x Wings + Horns hooded bathrobe, and Ace Hotel Tee ($390.00).