Design November, 19 2013

Selectism Visits | We Take A Proper Look At Ace Hotel London

The impressive Ace Hotel London has been opening in stages over late Summer/early Fall, working hard to get everything spot-on. With all in its right place, we decided to take a tour of the group’s first European location which has take a formerly grey, generic business hotel site and turned it into a destination for anyone those looking for a bit of style with their stay as well as a place for locals to meet-up and shoot the breeze.

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London-based architecture and interior design firm Universal Design Studio took the lead inside and out with Ace Hotel, the façade using a rather interesting dark ‘engineering brick’ grid pattern with a heavy feel. Inside you’ll find the heart of all Ace properties, the lobby. As well as the reception and a well-stocked collaboration goods store, locally-sourced materials, including a cork ceiling fitted with copper light fixtures and timber parquet flooring have been used throughout, not to mention a sweet selection of Ercol seating and a work desk for getting on with business. Coffee of course makes an appearance via Bulldog Editions featuring Square Mile Roasters and much cake.

Most important however, the rooms. Ace describe them as “a friend’s Shoreditch apartment, a collection of furniture and objects acquired over time, each with stories and memories attached.” Inside, pieces from local makers including maps and sketch pads, as well as Revo radios, Rega RP1 turntables, Farmers’ bath products, quilts by A.P.C. and leather trays from Ally Capellino, and, to annoy your neighbours, beautiful guitars from C. F. Martin & Co.

Once you’ve had a good nights sleep restaurant Hoi Polloi from the Bistroteque crew serves from breakfast to late night ‘supper’, treats come courtesy of Lovage “a seasonal farm-to-street elixir stand” offering sorbets and granitas, there’s a basement bar and lobby DJs for booze and music and even somewhere to stock-up on flowers with ‘That Flower Shop’, founded by Hattie Fox. So, basically, you’re going to have to find a pretty good reason to leave your hotel at all. Ace on form as always, a credit to founder Alex Calderwood who sadly passed away this week.

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Images:Ivan Ogilvie/Selectism