Listen, I travel a lot and stay at a ton of hotels. Just like anything else, some are good and some can be just shy of a meth house but one thing’s for sure, nothing compares to the Ace Hotel New York.
I have been staying at the Ace Hotel (20 West 29th Street, New York City NY) for a few years and the best part of my stay never changes: when I walk through the front doors and am greeted by the hotel’s wonderful staff. It’s like a second home to me and I am sure that it can be the same for you as well.
From the moment you step into the lobby, you are surrounded by a parade of hipsters sporting the latest fashions from Apple, mixed right in with the wannabe hipsters who just finished off their work day on Wall Street. Nothing beats inhaling the waft of Stumptown coffee from the lobby where the line-up makes you wonder if you’re waiting in line for the newest pair of sneakers. As for that hipster cred? Stumptown is based in Portland and NYC beans are roasted in Brooklyn. Trust me… it’s totally worth the wait. Grab a pastry while you’re there but make sure you have medical insurance first— you’ll need it after you nosh on these tasty little death treats. If I was ever on death row, I’d suspect I’d order order a triple shot latte and a chocolate donut as my last supper.
In addition, there’s not a bad room in the house. I have seriously spent a night in all of them. The staples found in every room include a crazy comfortable bed that I never want to leave, a robe that makes me feel like Muhammad Ali before a fight, a turntable [with records] to listen to some tunes and if you are feeling musical and want to make your own, a guitar. Yes… I said a guitar. You know you want to be Jackson Maine, I won’t tell.
Some things you should know before booking a stay:
1. If you come back to the hotel after 8 p.m. and notice a velvet rope and a doorman at the front, don’t worry, the lobby is always happening and a little security is never a bad thing. Flash your key and continue to get VIP treatment.
2. The restaurants in the hotel can make you forget that you’re in NYC. Not a single bodega buffet, just some spectacular cuisine.
3. The hotel is located on the Broadway subway line. The R train will take you pretty much anywhere.
Make a reservation either online or by telephone and try dropping our name. You’ll probably get nothing but silence on the other end but maybe it might help you jump the coffee queue.