When working around town, we often sit in the lobby of the Ace Hotel to get some work done, have a meeting, or just to enjoy a coffee from Stumptown, one of my favorite coffee spots. There is a great energy in the lobby as it’s always filled with people, mostly busy creatives typing away on their MacBooks. At night it gets even cozier as the music becomes a bit more prominent and the coffees gradually transition to cocktails, wine and beer.
Ace Hotel is definitely one of the hippest places to stay when visiting New York. It is part of a chain of hotels catering to the creative class with several locations on the West Coast, one in London and another in exotic, tropical Panama. Their website states: “We are not here to reinvent the hotel, but to readdress its conventions to keep them fresh, energized, human.”
In the spring, when our kids have a break from school, my family and I are going to visit the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. As Ace Hotels are designed individually, based on their location, I am very eager to experience the mid-century modern vibe of the California desert.
There are good places to eat and cool shops at the Ace Hotel, so even if you’re not staying there it’s worth a visit. My favorite place to eat in the neighborhood is the Breslin, in the hotel, and I strongly recommend the chargrilled lamb burger with feta and cumin mayo.
Project No. 8, also in the hotel, has necessities you may have forgotten for your trip, as well as quirky, unexpected surprises. The maps directing you to the best donuts and burgers in town are a nice, funny surprise but you may also find them necessary if, like me, you want only the best of everything!