Sometimes you just want to feel like you’re on vacation, especially if you don’t have one planned any time soon. We don’t know about you, but we love hotels — their restaurants, bars, lobbies, spas… don’t get us started. So we’re working on a little side project. In a recurring series, we’ll be featuring some of our favorite hotels that have amenities that you don’t need to check in to check out, starting with: The Ace Hotel.
NY – One need not be in NoMad (North of Madison), to make the Ace their destination. The Seattle-based super cool hotel “chain” has been in Manhattan since 2009 and while you may know about it, you may not really know all that it has to offer.
Let’s start with the lobby, a standard first impression place in any hotel. Once you’ve crossed the threshold from the 29th Street entrance, you’ve entered a cozy, dark, wood and leather resting spot. Unlike most places in the city,where an early arrival gets you in just about anywhere, it seems the couches and community tables in this lobby (at least in the ‘computer lab’ section) are always busy. If you can’t find a place to sit, head over to the retro photo booth that’s off to one side or the lobby bar toward the back.
If you’re hankering for your caffeine fix, you’re in one of the best spots in NYC for a cup a joe. Stumptown Coffee (also Seattle-based) is for many locals the main draw here. Enjoy perfectly brewed espressos and the like from freshly roasted beans, served by vintage-dressed baristas, always sporting dapper hats.
When it comes to food, you’ve got two excellent in-house options: the Breslin Bar and Dining Room or The John Dory Oyster Bar (both related to The Spotted Pig). At The Breslin you’ll find a consistent crowd any day of the week who’s willing to stop in and wait if necessary (reservations for hotel guests only) for a scrumpet, lamb burger or smoked pork belly (probably not a great choice if you’re counting calories). At The John Dory (one place in the building you won’t be sitting in the dark), it’s also first-come first serve. Here, an array of seafood is front and center and you can indulge in Nantucket bay scallops and riesling (on tap) at an outside table.
Also, be sure to check out the live music, stand-up and burlesque performances at Liberty Hall, shopping at No. 8A & Opening Ceremony and if you’re just looking for a bite on the go, No. 7 Sub (right around the corner) has delicious sandwiches! One way or another, you can make it ‘a day’ or ‘a night’ at The Ace.