Ace Hotel New York
What We Love
- The ultimate gastropub, the Breslin, is one of the hottest tables in town and there are delicious sandwiches at No.7 Sub
- Musical amenities like record players and turntables can be requested from the front desk
- An in-house gym and four computer labs
What To Know
- The Ace Hotel is a scene, so be prepared for a packed house at all hours
- The Breslin gets very busy early, but reservations are not accepted
- It's not in a typical tourist area; you’ll have to walk a few blocks or hop in a cab to get to the sights
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Your dream vintage store come to life, from original stained glass ceilings and a 1904 tile floor to taxidermy and a photo booth. Even the staff is expertly styled with custom Chuck Ts, Levi’s skinnies, and Surface to Air tie chains. Wall murals, record players with a rotating vinyl collection (in some rooms), vintage furniture and Smeg minifridges stocked with Brooklyn Lager and beef jerky make you feel like you’re crashing at a friend’s pad. The flipside? Like most New York apartments, some of the 275 guest rooms are small. But the Ace is such a local’s hang that it’s easy to forget it’s a hotel. From April Bloomfield’s famous Breslin gastropub and seafood joint The John Dory to the buzzy lobby bar (packed with a mix of freelance creative types checking email and sipping Stumptown coffee during the day and a bespectacled, skinny jean crowd boozing at night) to the downstairs event space (home to DJ nights, movie screenings and celeb parties) to their edgy boutiques, you’ll be lucky if you ever make it back to your room.
In the Area
Most tourists know the hotel’s neighborhood because of Herald Square and Macy’s, but locals know it as Koreatown. Grab some Joo-Mool-Reok at Madangsui and then kick out some karaoke tunes by renting a private room at Gagopa. For a fine-dining splurge, head to chef Daniel Humm’s Atrium restaurant at the flawlessly styled NoMad hotel, a block away. Or stay onsite and score some new duds at the hotel’s outpost of the ultra-hip Opening Ceremony before checking out FIT’s free Museum of Fashion.
How to Get There
What I love about New York is that there are plenty of quirky hotels to experiment with rather than opting for cookie cutter Marriots of Sheratons. And this is the point, there are plenty so to do well and get the repeat visitor they have to be good. To be honest, I stayed at the Ace because it is a block from where my friends live.
The lobby and bar area are cool - I arrived late in the evening and the music was going strongly and there was a good buzz.
The rooms are the wrong side of shabby-chic. It could be brilliant, but they need a few more creature comforts rather than trading on spartan. The pillows on the bed were very good, and the shower strong albeit small. There are lots of details that individually are good, but they don't add up well. the gym is good because people are ether too cool to use it, or not up early in the morning when I used it. Again, its the detail - one of the treadmills was out of order and the bike did not work with the programme settings etc. For what you pay these things should be fixed over-night.
I also was not happy with the $29.00 per day "destination" charge. This is a stealth tax by any other name. For your $29.00 you get free internet (er...that's not free), a 10% discount in the bars etc (er...so you have to spend over $290.00 to make the 10% discount worth it). I did not have the charge explained to me on check in but was rather abruptly told it was detailed in the confirmation e mail of the booking. (er..who reads them?). So, I'll make it easy for you - add $29.00 to your day rate, and then the tax and then the New York tax etc etc. Ace need to drop this charge, it is not a resort where these things are more common. So, of this style of hotel there are certainly better, and not too far from the Ace Hotel
Ok so I’ll start with the positives: great walkable location, cute bar and lobby area, and good hotel staff service. The hotel lobby def has a hipster vibe with its dim lighting and vintage feel. But I don’t know about you, but I expect the rooms to be given the same amount of attention as the other spaces. The rooms is where they completely fail.
Tiny, dingy, inefficient in every way possible. The room felt like a college dorm. Smells of mildew, and carpets need replacing. There’s no closet or place to store your clothes. The shower is so small, even a short petite person will hit the shower curtains as you try to maneuver..and eww...who wants to shower with a nasty curtain touching you?
Additionally, there is ZERO counter space on the sink. Do you have toiletries? Forget about it, they will have to stay elsewhere because there’s no space for them. Do you like lotion? Oh you better bring your own because the rooms don’t provide any.
If you enjoy the nostalgia of returning back to college dorm living, this is the place for you. If you’re an adult who wants to spend $300 a night on a well taken care of hotel room with even slightly above average amenities, stay elsewhere.
The Ace Hotel is a perfect spot for me to stay while visiting NYC for work or for fun. It's centrally located and within walking distance of anywhere south of the park. The Breslin restaurant is perfect for breakfast or dinner and stays open late. The lobby bar is a great work space and I often find myself working late into the afternoon and sliding effortlessly into happy hour without having to change location. I have stayed here a number of times and would recommend to anyone who wants an affordable spot that's central to all of Midtown and below.