Roam+Board :: The Ace NYC

[trip style = urban + weekend getaway]

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What With walls papered in old book pages, low lighting, communal tables and minimalist flower arrangements, the Ace delivers all the service and amenities you’d expect from a legacy hotel brand, with a different flavour. Let’s call it bourbon cilantro swirl. Vanilla has no place at the Ace NYC.

Make no mistake, the Ace isn’t just a restored building bathed in unexpected street-style art, recycled material and dressed-down staff. It’s a well thought out, purposeful place that’s as much a hangout as it is a hotel. Everything from the decor and the people to the transitional location ooze the Ace’s low-key-meets-approachable vibe in a way that leaves guests feeling like they’re staying at both a hot spot and home away from home. Thank the hotel's NY-based designers Roman and Williams for this; the design duo have done several famous hotels, as well as the homes of Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Some rooms are petite, literally just a bed and a shared bath. The next category is almost as small with a double bed, highly efficient bathroom and old pipe with hangers in place of a closet. From here, rooms categories soar from queens to kings to party-worthy suites outfitted with Pendleton blankets and record players, among other amenities.

Where In Manhattan's NoMad district, on the corner of Broadway and 29th. Located one block from a subway station for uptown and downtown access, and a 5-10 minute walk from Penn Station if you're taking a shuttle or the LIRR train to/from JFK. Getting there from Vancouver is pleasant {think full meals with wine, helpful flight attendants and hand lotion in the lavatories}, direct and nightly with Cathay Pacific.

When Year-round, particularly fall and spring. Yes, Manhattan can get a little muggy in the summer and frosty in the winter, but it's still New York. Same city, different outfit.

Who/Why You have a Mac, read Dwell or Nylon, dress in high-waisted pants, fedoras and booties and consider the Olive Garden your culinary enemy. Wrapping yourself in the Ace's boxer-style, sweatpant-material robes, taking photos with your in-room Polaroid and bathing with a bevy of the best hotel toiletries around makes you clean, cozy and cool.

Cost Rates typically start at $99 during promotions. Includes wifi, a gym and the hippest lobby scene I've ever seen. Fido is welcome if you want to chill with your furry friend.

{Trip Styler Tip :: Start your morning with a coffee and apple cinnamon croissant or cheese and pecan scone at Stumptown Coffee---an uber-popular Portland transplant---connected to the hotel's lobby.}

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[photos by @tripstyler & @heatherlovesit, lobby & staircase photos sourced online]