Minutes from myriad attractions in Midtown, this NoMad outpost attracts a young, hip crowd. The 258 unique, well-curated rooms vary in size, and their vintage accoutrements shape a one-of-kind hotel experience. A lively lobby space is worth a stop, as are April Bloomfield’s renowned restaurants.
Just north of the Flatiron District and east of Chelsea, the NoMad area of Manhattan is one that’s evolving rapidly. As cafés and restaurants continue to pop up, you can expect the cityscape to reveal a new face in the next few years. Korea Town and its hole-in-the-wall Asian eateries are within five minutes’ walk; Mario Batali’s Eataly, Madison Square Park and Macy’s Herald Square are less than 10 minutes; and the High Line is about a 15-minute walk.
For culture, the lesser known FIT Museum, Morgan Library & Museum, and Rubin Museum of Art are within a short jaunt. Two subway lines are a block away, and you’ll find two other lines within a five-minute stroll.
Style & character
Designers Roman and Williams didn’t strip the interior of this former SRO (single room occupancy), but rather enhanced the existing. The duo used charcoal grey, black, and white for a mostly neutral palette. Plaid textiles and retro lighting and accessories dominate, lending a casual and undecorated aesthetic. Towering ceilings and mammoth columns set the tone for the dimly lit, humming lobby space, which boasts mosaic flooring and a bevy of flea-market-inspired seating and tables.
Service & facilities
Reception service is polite but not intrusive. You won’t feel spoiled but you’ll probably feel more than content when you stay here. The property boasts two restaurants, a sandwich shop, separate coffee bar, as well as the famed lobby bar – a place where artists and creative types gather daily to work and socialise. Find a fitness centre with basic equipment in the basement, as well as a rotating art exhibit off the lobby. The hotel provides 2,800 square feet of meeting space as well.
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As with any great hotel, details set the Ace apart. Like the public spaces, most guest rooms are thoughtfully designed with vintage furnishings. Guest quarters range from tiny bunk rooms to larger 400-square-foot spaces and the ultimate escape – a 711-square-foot loft suite that feels more like a comfy New York apartment than a hotel room.
Some larger rooms include a seating area, turntable and record collection, Martin acoustic guitar, and Smeg refrigerator. Expect free Wi-Fi, toiletries from Rudy’s Barbershop (located in the building) as well as a fully stocked minibar. While the bunks, minis and small rooms lack square footage, you’ll probably find yourself hanging out in the fashionable hotel lobby when you’re not roaming about town.
Food & drink
Dark and saloon-like, the Breslin puts out modest portions of delicious comfort food from a meat-focused menu. Sure, the snapper is flawlessly cooked, but carnivores flock to this British Gastropub for the pork, beef, or lamb burger, a fan favourite. April Bloomfield and her team manage to prepare vegetables as well as meat, though. Seasonal choices are wonderfully fresh and bright like they’ve been plucked from the garden just moments before they hit the plate.
While the breakfast and brunch lineup is heavy on the meat as well (think pork sausage, lamb bacon, skirt steak, and black pudding), vegetarians can stick with the oatmeal, breads, muffins, and eggs, all without flaw. Don’t be in a hurry to catch a flight; service is slow and spotty.
Also connected to the hotel is the light and happy, retro-styled John Dory Oyster Bar (also from Bloomfield) for fresh seafood, No. 7 Sub – an outpost of the Fort Greene sandwich shop, and the wildly popular Stumptown Coffee, one of New York’s go-to spots for a cup of Joe. Besides coffee, the Ace lobby space serves, beer, wine, and cocktails and buzzes from early morning until late at night when a DJ spins tunes and the space takes on a nightclub feel.
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