Take a look inside the new Ace Hotel, in New Orleans, where style and swagger meet
a swinging good time. If you're familiar with the Ace Hotel brand, which has seven properties in the U.S., you know that "Atelier Ace" has cornered the hipster market with its subdued and yet flamboyant urban-chic aesthetic and winning combination of cool spaces, hip coffee and bar scenes, and comfortably edgy restaurants. Ace Hotel New Orleans delivers a similar experience if one on a grander scale: located in the Warehouse District in a massive, beautifully restored French Deco building that feels like a historic space (it was once a nine-story furniture store housing European imports), but doesn't cramp the style of its present day vision.
The rooms have the distinctive style of an artistic warehouse apartment of another decade, perhaps owned by a very wealthy and very artistic person with impeccable taste. Each room is decorated not as a hotel room, but as an idiosyncratic suite, and large enough to live in. But best of all, these suites have the swagger and the self-confidence of the city itself. There are six types of rooms to choose from, but it's the jaw-dropping Ace Suite that caught our eye. This is your chance to spread out over two levels, with a loft-style bedroom on the upper level and a living area, wet bar and outdoor terrace below connecting you to the pulse of the city. There are special, carefully chosen touches such as lighting by Roman and Williams lighting and bespoke furnishings to complement the history of the building. Suite rooms feature amenities such as a Music Hall turntable and an acoustic Martin guitar, should the Nola vibe inspire you to strum something. All rooms come with a flat screen television, fully-stocked minibar (natch), Tivoli Radio, free WiFi (yay, you'll be the envy of Instagram!), Rudy's toiletries and Pearl+ soaps.
Leave your suite to explore and relax in the hotel's bars and restaurants. Book yourself a date night dinner at Josephine Estelle, a romantic New Orleans style osteria with a startlingly good wine list and menu featuring innovative dishes dreamt up by James Beard-nominated chefs. But perhaps sup on local oysters first at Seaworthy. Or maybe you'd just like an al fresco snack on the roof at Alto. And now this brings us to the best part: the rooftop. This is a true oasis, with a gorgeous pool and lounge chairs, great cocktail bar serving delicious libations and views over the city. New Orleans is one of America's most creative cities, with live performance on many street corners and in restaurants. But there's also near-nightly entertainment at Ace Hotel, too from swing to hip-hop to music series. And then there's all the original art supplied by local artists and friends of the hotel. This isn't just a place to rest your head after too many cocktails. It's an experience in itself. Oh, but do have the cocktails. Delicious.