by Whitney Rife
A few blocks from Madison Square Garden, Ace is located next to a subway stop so you can easily travel anywhere in the city. The hotel offers an array of room choices, ranging from “cheap” to “loft.” Single bedrooms come in “small,” “medium” and “large,” and have mini-fridges and free Internet. Ace’s laidback atmosphere depicts vintage furniture and decor. The Breslin Bar & Dining Room is a meat-centric restaurant that is housed inside the hotel. Families can walk to a variety of attractions, like the Empire State Building — a definite must-see.
Our Editor Loves
- Unique vintage decor
- The Breslin restaurant
- Proximity to area attractions
- Onsite Dining
Ok so I’ll start with the positives: great walkable location, cute bar and lobby area, and good hotel staff service. The hotel lobby def has a hipster vibe with its dim lighting and vintage feel. But I don’t know about you, but I expect the rooms to be given the same amount of attention as the other spaces. The rooms is where they completely fail.
Tiny, dingy, inefficient in every way possible. The room felt like a college dorm. Smells of mildew, and carpets need replacing. There’s no closet or place to store your clothes. The shower is so small, even a short petite person will hit the shower curtains as you try to maneuver..and eww...who wants to shower with a nasty curtain touching you?
Additionally, there is ZERO counter space on the sink. Do you have toiletries? Forget about it, they will have to stay elsewhere because there’s no space for them. Do you like lotion? Oh you better bring your own because the rooms don’t provide any.
If you enjoy the nostalgia of returning back to college dorm living, this is the place for you. If you’re an adult who wants to spend $300 a night on a well taken care of hotel room with even slightly above average amenities, stay elsewhere.
The Ace Hotel is a perfect spot for me to stay while visiting NYC for work or for fun. It's centrally located and within walking distance of anywhere south of the park. The Breslin restaurant is perfect for breakfast or dinner and stays open late. The lobby bar is a great work space and I often find myself working late into the afternoon and sliding effortlessly into happy hour without having to change location. I have stayed here a number of times and would recommend to anyone who wants an affordable spot that's central to all of Midtown and below.