When I go travelling I want to experience a place like I am a local, even if it is only for a few short days I want to feel like I live there. Eat, drink, shop, and hang out where the locals do, not sitting next to another bunch of tourists, over looking monuments and eating over priced meals. If you have the same approach to globe trotting as me then Ace Hotels are going to be your style, as they describe the experience like “staying with friends who are part of the local scene”.
ACE collaborates with local creative people so that their hotel reflects the culture and becomes engrained in the community. Although located in London, New York, Palm Springs, Portland, Seattle, and soon to be LA and Panama this is no chain, each hotel is uniquely designed in collaboration with local architects and interior designers, like a family of seven children with their own big personally.
If these two hotels don’t inspire you to book those flights then I don’t know what will.
Ace Hotel Palm Springs
The ACE team with the help of LA-based design studio Commune has re-imaged and renovated a mid-century modern motel in a sun-washed desert landscape with a mountain backdrop and although you feel like your walking on the set of a wild west film you are a stroll away from downtown Palm Springs. With a laid back atmosphere of guests hanging out in the many communal spaces such as a sing along around a fireplace, pool side sunbaking, morning yoga, Bloody Mary’s at the bar or desert cuisine at the King’s Highway diner, this is a chic yet unpretentious bohemian desert ‘camping’ experience. If people annoy you don’t be turned off with all this commune talk, and kumbayas, as there is plenty of space to escape and recharge the batteries if your after a more solitary respite, such as rooms with private patios and your own fireplace.
Ace Hotel London
I know everyone loves the Royals but if you want the real London experience skip the changing of the guards and get straight to the heart of it in Shoreditch. There is never a dull moment in East London, a dynamic community of free and innovative thinkers, and a mixing pop of cultures all spun around to titillate all your senses. Galleries, theatres, fashion, and culinary experiences from international dishes served from street stalls on Brick Lane to funky new fine dining restaurants opened by world-class chefs in converted industrial spaces. But don’t fret its not all hipsters walking around in Andy Warhol glasses, you can still get your quintessential English pints and pub grub and an ‘Alright mate?’ on every greeting. ACE has collaborated with London-based Universal Design Studio who really has ‘translated the Ace ethos into a London vernacular’ to put you smack bang in the middle of it by re-establishing 100 Shoreditch High Street, with rooms that include locally designed and crafted furnishings and objects. Like its cool Californian sister in Palm Springs there is always something on in the shared spaces, with a basement bar, a café, a vibrant lobby, a Flower Shop and Hoi Polloi restaurant by the team behind Bistrotheque, you won’t want to leave.