with the recent arrival in of ace hotel in new orleans, the city gains an alluring chunk of northwestern cool. following the opening of properties across the u.s., london, and sunny panama city, it has picked a historic, nine-storey building in art déco style in the central business district to accommodate its newest hospitality venue. the 234-room hotel features an interior design by roman and williams, new york city-based design studio which also supervised the settings at ace hotel new york. the aesthetic draws on both the building's architectural legacy and that of the neighbourhood.
the design elements of the hotel are a hybrid mix of art déco but also dadaism, as well as american modernism and the bloomsbury artists picasso, braque and the cubists. each room has a full-sized smeg refrigerator in a custom colour, and stocked with the fresh ingredients necessary for mixing cocktails. and that's just a pretaster of how ace hotel new orleans takes care savvy travelers. there's the buzzing lobby bar, a popular meeting place for guests and neighbourhood dwellers alike, serving up cocktails and other beverages in a funky bohemian setting, and it even has an intimate music venue right next door where cool live gigs and dj sets are regularly staged.
but the jewel in the crown of ace hotel new orleans has got to be the beautifully decorated barnett dining room, a restaurant supervised by talented chefs andy ticer and michael hudman, and bound to be a destination in its own right. the duo serve italian food, but the dishes are innovatively tweakeed with the hot flavours of the american south is so well-known for. and opening very soon on the premises is a new café of portland-based stumptown coffee roasters, serving a menu of signature espresso and hot coffee drinks, in addition to a cold brew coffee program. location: 600 carondelet street [cbd].