Ace Hotel – NYC
I popped into the Ace Hotel last night to grab a drink (Old Fashioned, with Makers), and having not yet been, I was very impressed. Ace recently opened their doors in New York a few months ago, but have held residence out West for sometime, and considering how fantastic their place is out there, I had very high expectations…
The decor, space, staff and overall presentation is spot on and welcoming. With a somewhat discrete entrance, of which took me three times passing to find (not going to lie), it’s like entering a secret garden of sorts… Except, this garden is filled with vintage furniture, books, lighting fixtures, whiskey and glass ceiling panels, in addition to an incredible graffiti sticker wall/mural. Many people are jumping on board the vintage/early century decor wagon, but only a few actually pull it off (see: Freeman’s, Jane Hotel, The Campbell Apartment), and Ace Hotel has done a fine job. Granted, I thoroughly appreciate places that haven’t been retrofitted to look this way, and simply haven’t changed in forever, and Ace is clearly trying to capture what the space it occupies probably once was, but realize authenticity at such a scale is sometimes impossible, and have thus captured subtle juxtapositions throughout (see: aforementioned graffiti mural).
Aside from the space itself, they have a pretty decent bar, with their own specialty drinks (see: Old Fashioned made with tequila), of which I unfortunately didn’t involve myself with. Oh, and did I mention a vintage photo booth. If you’re in the area and have a chance to check it out, I recommend you do so (29th & Broadway, NYC). Visit their site here, and a piece on the sticker mural here.