Ace Hotel Expands to NOLA

The new Ace located on the outskirts of the French Quarter, in New Orleans marks the chain’s ninth hotel venture. Constructed inside a 100-year-old Art Deco high-rise, the hotel aims to court locals as well as tourists to the up-and-coming and quickly in-demand Warehouse District neighborhood. In an interview with The New York Times, Robin Standefer, co-partner of the design firm Roman and Williams, said that the hotel is an attempt by the hoteliers to move “beyond just making a living room — and into the territory of cultivating a community.”

The New York Times reports that every room boasts a custom-painted Bloomsbury-style armoire painted mostly by local Southern artists, and the hotel’s restaurant Josephine Estelle is helmed by Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, the Beard-nominated chefs behind Memphis, Tennessee’s Hog & Hominy. A Stumptown coffee bar and rooftop pool and cocktail lounge will open later this year in time for summer, and a floating Manhattan bar has taken up residency next door. A music venue — The Three Keys — sits just inside the hotel’s main lobby, inspired by the Big Easy’s Tipitina music venue. Rooms and lodging follow the typical format of the hotel: medium, large, double, suite, corner, and Ace suite. The hotel sits on the edge of Carondelet and Lafayette, on a quaint, quiet street flanked in natural greenery.

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