Friday, August 20, 2010

If Apartment Therapy designed a hotel...

Ace Hotels' website is full of accolades for whatever they're doing in their spaces. I'm having trouble seeing myself, or anyone who showers on a daily basis, staying in one of those "boutique" hotel rooms. What do you think of these spaces?






Ace has locations in New York, Palm Springs, Seattle, and Portland.









Of course, they're blogging. An entry about three guests getting tattoos of the hotel's logo after their two day stay was pretty interesting in a "are you kidding me?" way.






My boyfriend looked over my shoulder while I was writing this entry and asked if they were including a college co-ed with each room to entice people to stay in their dorm rooms.



I was surprised to read that Roman & Williams designed the hotel. That's the group behind the ultra hip hotel, The Standard. The firm posted pictures of the common spaces at the Ace in New York and I think they're pretty cool. The rooms don't seem to connect.


Ace Hotel Lobby, from Roman & Williams blog



Stumptown Coffee, inside Ace Hotel, from R&W blog



What do you think of these spaces?
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15 comments:

  1. i think they forgot to line up empty beer cans on the windowsill as part of the decor.

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  2. Oh my gosh. First, you hit the nail on the head. They look like AT rooms.
    Second, your boyfriend is funny.
    Third, my first thought upon looking at them was "Ew." My first college apartment looked more put together than these rooms. Hell, my first dorm room did too. Weird.

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  3. Defintely very AT -- not that it's a bad thing in my eyes. It's refreshing to see a hotel that's not all bland beige and fake floral oil paintings. At least there's some personality going on!

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  4. Sure, glamorous hotels are nice, but I think these rooms look more live-in ready. As long as the sheets are clean, it'd be fun! Kind of like, "what would it be like if I lived in a space with this decor?" Not everyone's style, but I don't think it's bad.

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  5. The rooms look like [dingy] college dorms.

    I just looked up the rates for a room in New York for the weekend of September 10th and it's $319 a night for a room with two twin sized metal framed bunk beds. Seriously?? Plus, for two nights the room tax is $101.10. HOW is that possible? I thought NY's lodging tax was 12% but even that would only equate to a tax of $38.28 a night. Scratch that, I looked it up and the NY state lodging tax is 15.25%. Holy crap.

    Meanwhile, you could stay at Thompson's Gild Hall for $274 a night and be treated to Sferra linens, terry cloth robes, CO Bigelow bathroom products, an iPod dock, and a Dean & Deluca stocked mini bar.

    Or try Andaz Wall Street for $236 a night, Stay for $289, Dream for $319; all with similar amenities to Gild Hall.

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  6. Although the lobby photo does look really cool.

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  7. The bedspreads look like they came right out of a boy's dorm or an army barracks. They look gross. The "PLAY SAFE" on the wall sort of indicates the people they're hoping to stay there.

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  8. I'm digging the lobby! If I was some sort of cooler than thou twenty something hipster who had gobs on money to spend- I'd love that hotel and its rooms. I do like the rooms, they are unique and young. Just happens that I'm out of their target demographic.

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  9. I can think of a bunch of hotels where I'd rather stay for the kind of money Letitia mentioned instead of staying at that place. The Indigo in Chelsea is only something like $350 per night and those rooms sure don't have bunk beds.

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  10. If I was stuck at an airport in between flights and needed a quiet place to rest my head for a couple hours, I would consider it. Ikea furniture, Target bedspreads and bathroom decor that looks like it's right out of the department of correction purchasing division? This is not a hotel room and they should be embarrassed that they are charging $319 a night for it. In my opinion, this is an overpriced hostel.

    And sure, the lobby looks alright, in a Rocky Mountain university library sort of way. At least the coffee shop and restaurant have some design appeal...perhaps that is there goal - discourage you from spending time in your bland room and hope that you spend more of your time (and money) in the restaurant and coffee shop! At least it will promote some social interaction...

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  11. If I was stuck at an airport in between flights and needed a quiet place to rest my head for a couple hours, I would consider it. Ikea furniture, Target bedspreads and bathroom decor that looks like it's right out of the department of correction purchasing division? This is not a hotel room and they should be embarrassed that they are charging $319 a night for it. In my opinion, this is an overpriced hostel.

    And sure, the lobby looks alright, in a Rocky Mountain university library sort of way. At least the coffee shop and restaurant have some design appeal...perhaps that is their goal - discourage you from spending time in your bland room and hope that you spend more of your time (and money) in the restaurant and coffee shop! At least it will promote some social interaction...

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  12. The only Ace hotel I like is the one in Palm Springs:

    http://www.acehotel.com/palmsprings

    The others I don't understand.

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  13. Dorm room says it all. I had a good laugh at some of the comments - funny stuff. If anyone is planning a trip to NYC, you can save some money on activities by going to www.groupon.com (great deals on things like sightseeing boat trips) and www.playbill.com for theater. We love visitors.

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  14. The ACE in NYC is an excellent hotel with excellent service. Those "Target" bedspreads are (made in the USA) Pendelton blankets! I stayed there last fall and really enjoyed it.

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  15. No one offered any statements about the quality of the service at the hotel, Anon.

    Regardless of where the items are from, the design seems to evoke pretty strong opinions!

    I personally do not find the rooms attractive and many obviously feel the same way.

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