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Hotels & Lodging: The Ace Hotel in New Orleans

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Hotels & Lodging: The Ace Hotel in New Orleans

January 24, 2018

Headed to New Orleans for the world-famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (or braving Mardi Gras)? Our lodging of choice is the Ace Hotel’s NOLA outpost.

Designed by architects Eskew+Dumez+Ripple with interior design by New York-based Roman & Williams, the Ace Hotel New Orleans comprises nine floors of a 1928 Art Deco building in the downtown Warehouse District (formerly known as the American Sector in the early 1800s and Faubourg Ste. Marie before that). The decor is influenced by the Big Easy, with an emphasis on music and cocktails and a color palette of dark green, gray, and eggplant—a moody interpretation of Fat Tuesday’s signature hues. Take a look.

Photography by Simon Watson, courtesy of the Ace Hotel.

The 234 rooms of the Ace Hotel New Orleans are stacked in the former headquarters of a Scandinavian furniture importer. Following its $76 million renovation, the building now has a restaurant, bar, 25,000 square feet of retail space, and a rooftop swimming pool.
Above: The 234 rooms of the Ace Hotel New Orleans are stacked in the former headquarters of a Scandinavian furniture importer. Following its $76 million renovation, the building now has a restaurant, bar, 25,000 square feet of retail space, and a rooftop swimming pool.
Among their decorative inspirations, the designers cite the Art Deco, Cubist, and Dadaist movements, plus the Bloomsbury Group of artists. Some large rooms come stocked with a resident Martin guitar, others with a Music Hall turntable. Suites come with both.
Above: Among their decorative inspirations, the designers cite the Art Deco, Cubist, and Dadaist movements, plus the Bloomsbury Group of artists. Some large rooms come stocked with a resident Martin guitar, others with a Music Hall turntable. Suites come with both.
Every Ace Hotel sports a custom signature blanket; this one is a lightweight cotton matelassé coverlet in a pattern inspired by 1920s French art. A full-size Smeg refrigerator in the corner serves as an oversize mini-bar. A flatscreen TV hangs in every room but recedes against the dark decor.
Above: Every Ace Hotel sports a custom signature blanket; this one is a lightweight cotton matelassé coverlet in a pattern inspired by 1920s French art. A full-size Smeg refrigerator in the corner serves as an oversize mini-bar. A flatscreen TV hangs in every room but recedes against the dark decor.
The furniture and lighting are custom designs by Roman & Williams in honor of the French Art Deco style of the Ace’s newest home.
Above: The furniture and lighting are custom designs by Roman & Williams in honor of the French Art Deco style of the Ace’s newest home.
All rooms have a sitting area with sofa lounger and padded leather chair, for reading and taking in city views.
Above: All rooms have a sitting area with sofa lounger and padded leather chair, for reading and taking in city views.
In addition to the bedding coverlet, several Ace Hotel New Orleans items are available for retail sale. The wall calendar highlights New Orleans festivals large and small and is fit for “a city that has a parade for just about everything”; it’s designed in conjunction with community development group Young Creative Agency and printed locally.
Above: In addition to the bedding coverlet, several Ace Hotel New Orleans items are available for retail sale. The wall calendar highlights New Orleans festivals large and small and is fit for “a city that has a parade for just about everything”; it’s designed in conjunction with community development group Young Creative Agency and printed locally.
The Smeg refrigerator in a custom green color is stocked with fresh cocktail essentials.
Above: The Smeg refrigerator in a custom green color is stocked with fresh cocktail essentials.
The Ace New Orleans minibar collection includes cocktail shakers, cutting boards for fresh fruits and garnishes, and an Ace mixing guide. In the bottom of the Ace is the 10th outpost of Portland, Oregon–based Stumptown Coffee, featuring an “unprecedented cold-brew coffee program” in honor of the iced coffee capital of the United States.
Above: The Ace New Orleans minibar collection includes cocktail shakers, cutting boards for fresh fruits and garnishes, and an Ace mixing guide. In the bottom of the Ace is the 10th outpost of Portland, Oregon–based Stumptown Coffee, featuring an “unprecedented cold-brew coffee program” in honor of the iced coffee capital of the United States.
The washroom is hidden by a purple velvet curtain and features custom fixtures and lighting by Roman & Williams. The bathrooms are stocked with soap from Pearl+ and toiletries by Rudy’s Barbershop.
Above: The washroom is hidden by a purple velvet curtain and features custom fixtures and lighting by Roman & Williams. The bathrooms are stocked with soap from Pearl+ and toiletries by Rudy’s Barbershop.
The grand Ace Suite, with two floors and soaring windows.
Above: The grand Ace Suite, with two floors and soaring windows.
The lobby bar has the feeling of old New Orleans.
Above: The lobby bar has the feeling of old New Orleans.

The Ace Hotel New Orleans is located at 600 Carondelet St. in New Orleans.

For more Ace Hotels around the US, see our posts:

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on February 18, 2016.

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