Building foundations with Jean Nouvel and Frank Gehry
Design Awards 2010
Laid-back and filled with vintage finds, the Ace is effortlessly cool. When Alex Calderwood first set out his vision for Ace Hotels a decade or so ago, it was in reaction to the swarm of half-hearted boutique hotels springing up across the US. Eager to offer a hip alternative with a focus on comfort, Calderwood has since opened four hotels in North America, with the latest opening in New York City. The 1904 redbrick building, located bang in the middle of the NoMad district (North of Madison Square), is filled with era-appropriate design by New York-based team Roman and Williams, best known for their work at The Standard Hotel and the Royalton. The lobby (pictured below) sets the scene with a vintage library and cabinets and robust industrial fittings, while the comfortable guest rooms have oak floors and plumbing-pipe clothes racks. As for the soon-to-open restaurant, it comes courtesy of Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig gastropub. With the hotel's walls lined with works by local artists, and a fully stocked Smeg fridge in each room, this is NYC at its best.
Address: 20 West 29th Street, New York, US
Key features: Furnished only with vintage and specially designed pieces; Smeg fridge packed with local favourites in each room; Stumptown Coffee Roasters coffee shop and Breslin restaurant
Number of rooms: 258
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