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It’s time for Guess the Hotel revealed! Yesterday we introduced you to the creepy lobby display of the West Coast hipster hotel that had been inexplicably abandoned for 43 years before being opened up by the current owners in 2007.
This is the Commodore Hotel in Astoria, Oregon.
The Commodore was built in 1924 as a 24-room hotel for travelers on the Portland train and the ferry to Washington. Then in 1964 it mysteriously closed from one day to the next. As in, closed the doors but left furniture, belongings, everything inside, right down to magazines and cigarette stubs by the beds. Nobody knows why, though they think it might be to do with the arrival of the Astoria-Megler Bridge.
In 2007, the current owners bought it, opened it up, and commenced renovation, while saving much of what was found in the rooms for the spooky lobby display. It opened as the Commodore in 2009.
These days, there are 18 rooms: suites and cabins. Cabins are small rooms with a washbasin inside and shared bathroom facilities down the end of the corridor. Not scary shared bathroom facilities though – there are separate toilets for men and women (huzzah!), each toilet and each shower is in its own closed room rather than public cubicles, and when we toured the hotel they were spotlessly clean. There are two showers and two toilets per floor, shared by six cabins. Could be better (could be ensuite), but not an alarming ratio.
Back in September, we heard that Ace Hotels was considering opening their second NYC hotel in the old Salvation Army building at 225 Bowery. Today, the sale of the building has been completed and it was announced, officially, that Ace Hotels would be taking it over.
Here are the deal basics: Eastern Consolidatd arranged the $30 million+ sale of 223-225 Bowery, which was also owned by the Salvation Army, to Omnia Group Ltd and North Wind Group. The 55,00-square foot building's first two floors have been occupied by the SA's Chinatown Corps Community Center while the other eight floors have been vacant for more than 13 years. The shelter and community center will now be moving out to a new spot in Brooklyn.
Ace Hotels has plans to "re-imagine" the building but will probably salvage whatever original or historical bits they can. And since the original Ace Hotel in Seattle was created out of an old Salvation Army building, we trust that Ace will handle this properly.
But as we learned back in September, this Ace will be even
grungier more rugged than the other Ace Hotels with smaller rooms and less frills (not like Ace is a frilly brand to begin with.) The hotel will still have a happening lobby and bar scene. No word on when it will open but possibly late 2015.
[Photo: Google Street View]
So it's not another month without another new product launch from Ace Hotels. This time, the collection of four propertiesin Seattle, Portland, Palm Springs and New Yorkare taking a clue from Urban Outfitters and releasing T-shirts with simple designs, for protesting your love for a single one of their hotels.
Where do your loyalties lie? Naturally, the Space Needle key reps Seattle, the coyote in a bandanna is Palm Springs, the moose (elk?) means Portland and they've just spelled it out for New York. You can find each of the shirts, all made from organic cotton (natch), at the Ace Hotel online shop for $35 each.
Get ready for the summertime airline routes! This is the best time of the yearnew destinations are on sale and airplanes are getting ready to head either south to the sun or north to the cooler temps. In Virgin America's case, it's north to the Pacific Northwest. Portland will begin receiving the SF hipsters from the first week of June, and we've got some suggestions on where to stay...
· The Ace Hotel. Duh. This is a no-brainer. The Ace is somewhere you can score a room for as low as $95/night, eat a $10 grilled cheese lunch, work in a communal mezzanine loft space and still walk with a swagger. Its location is ideal for walking outside and running smack-dab into the young, underground culture for which Portland is famous (and Powell's Books is like, 3 minutes away on foot). For everything you can't reach on foot, The Ace will happily rent you a hipster bike. To see just what the cheapest room at The Ace looks like, check out our gallery here. Rates from $95 per night.
Who totally went crazy over fried chicken during this last holiday weekend? Our hands are raised, are yours?
Well we've got awesome news for you, and it's that Fried Chicken and Waffles may be a rare hotel restaurant offering, but it exists on the famous brunch menu at Chicago's Longman & Eagle. Breakfast at this 6-room hotel isn't included and doesn't happen before 9am, but trust us when we say its worth both the wait and the cold, hard cash.
For between $7 and $13, you can order up entrees like the fried chicken, Peeky Toe Crab Benedict, Bananas Foster French Toast or a Market Omelet. And for as low as $75, you can just go ahead and score a whole room upstairs for that night.
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You've heard all about the Ace Hotel New York, we're sure, but what about the other three Ace properties scattered on the west side of the the country? There's just as many people strolling through the lobby thinking they're cooler or more influential than they really are, and there's still rooms chock-full of commissioned art and irreverent items like turntables or vintage furniture.
Thus, while recently in Portland, we hunkered down for two nights in a single room with shared bathroom at the Ace Hotel PDX. The damage? Only $95 per night, which bought us lots of surprising quiet, a desirable location, a hopping restaurant scene and...um, communal workspace.
Okay, it's official; we are totally on the look-out for hotel rooms that feature the little extra amenity of a wall-mounted bottle opener. First, we spotted in the business traveler-oriented, $300+ rooms of the Sofitel Heathrow Airport, and now one has made an appearance in the hipster-centric $95 rooms of the Ace Hotel Portland. Beerit transcends all economics and demographics.
Truly, having a bottle opener fixed to the wall (and therefore not so easily stealable) makes total sense in a hotel room. No need to call room service at 2am when you've cut your teeth trying to open a bottle you thought was screw-top. And, if you have a special guest up to your room for drinks, the suave movement of popping the cap without having to fuss with a gadget is some minor James Bond seduction stuff. At least, to us.
What's up with the lynched roll of toilet paper at this hotel? Well, it's in the bathroom of one of the few rooms at Chicago's newest little hotel plaything, Longman & Eagle. L&E isn't your typical hotel, as you can probably tell just from this roll of TP; it's of the restaurant and rooms concept, where the anchor of the property is really a (Michelin-starred!) restaurant and bar, with a topper bonus of rooms for let.
This hotel isn't downtown, nor is it near Lincoln Park, Michigan Avenue or any other tourist hotspot. It's actually out in the hipster-rific neighborhood Logan Square, where the sidewalk scene is more locals walking dogs or locking up their fixies. It's also conveniently across the street from an L Blue Line stop to O'Hare Airport, and thus we found ourselves staying for one night recently before flying out.
It's a curious place, one which will breed at least a few wannabes in other US cities, despite this kinda annoying toilet paper holder (which winds up when you unroll some paper and then maniacally unwinds). We'll take you inside and all around the rooms and the food early next week. Stay tuned!
Uh oh. Could Trump Soho be following in the well-clad footsteps of The Jane Ballroom? The hotels may be worlds apart (bunk beds at Trump? Quelle horreur!) but it seems that neighbors for the new Trump outpost downtown aren't so fond of the party crowd. Which, of course, is what shut The Jane Ballroom down at The Jane Hotel last October.
The New York Post's Page Six has the story of heated hipster tempers outside Trump Soho last Thursday night. The offending party was thrown by premium denim company Evisu, for tattoo artist Scott Campbell, and it proved so popular that hotel management stopped letter people in after midnight. A 'spy' told Page Six that the door girl was telling people that the hotel was at capacity.
New York City's Ace Hotel continues to reign as the city's leading hipster hotel and hotspot, especially after the party this weekend that celebrated the opening of two new stores at the hotel: Project 8a and Opening Ceremony.
It's Opening Ceremony that we want to focus on, since the celebrities that flooded into the Ace were mainly there because they either have a clothing line with the store (ah hem Chloe Sevigny, above), love the store's flagship location in Soho, or they were having too much hitting up the runway shows at Bryant Park so they decided to follow their fashion friends to the Ace.
Solange Knowles, sister of Beyonce and a singer as well, performed at the party while Kirsten Dunst, Terry Richardson, Michael Stipe, Margherita Missoni, Kelly Osbourne, Justin Theroux, Josh Hartnett, Jason Schwartzman, and designers Alexander Wang and Jeremy Scott drank and mingled with the rest of the famous crowd. The stores are officially open now, and we'd suggest stopping by this week while the fashion folk are still in town, just in case Kirsten Dunst decides to return to buy a pack of Haribo gummies.
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This Sunday might be Valentine's Day, but we've already found our true love: the about-to-open Opening Ceremony store at New York's Ace Hotel. It will welcome shoppers on Sunday actually, so we can forget our dinner plans.
The idea of this Opening Ceremony shopthe trendsetting store already has locations in Soho, LA and Tokyois to be a new sort of travel shop, where designers and well-respected brands can offer their take on souvenirs. Sure, most of those items will be out of the typical traveler's price range, but that's why this idea works so well in New York. The store is aimed at style-conscious locals and the hipsters and creative set that chooses to stay at The Ace when they visit New York.
Needless to say, Opening Ceremony's idea of a toiletry kit will deviate from the traditional, but what else will they literally have in store? Find out, after the jump!
Whoa whoa whoa. Do we have a new Ace Hotel-like concept going on here? This hipster haven you see above is the recently opened Michelberger Hotel in Berlin, and it's looking pretty sweet and polished for a budget hotel concept. Or at least, that's how the group behind the place describe it:
The Michelbergerhotel is a budget hotel concept created by a group of friends, who had the idea to make the best hotel they could, the kind of hotel they’d like to stay in. A place that’s individual, charismatic, stylish, fun, rebellious and inexpensive, a place where anything goes, just like Berlin itself.
Yes, that lobby is super cool and decorated with repurposed books and magazines; yes, it has an awesome and individual website; and yes, the rooms actually fall in the budget category by beginning at 59 Euro a night. Where was this place when we found ourselves bedding down at the Marriott Berlin in May?!