CLOAKED IN SECRECY: ACE HOTELS WANTS YOU TO GET EXCITED ABOUT SISTER CITY

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With eight hotels sprinkled around the United States from Seattle to New Orleans and from Pittsburgh to LA (as well as one in London), we’ve been wondering what Ace Hotels would do with its second New York project, which has been in the works for a while on – where else – The Bowery.

We’d say we now know – but we do and we don’t really.

Let’s get the facts out of the way: it will be a hotel by the people behind Ace… But it won’t be an Ace. Instead, the former Bowery Salvation Army building will be called Sister City, with 200 “intimate, efficient” rooms, and the requisite ground-floor restaurant and rooftop bar. There is one image to go along with the description of the rooms, taking inspiration from “functional perfection of Finnish saunas, Japanese bento boxes, rock-cut cliff dwellings of prehistory and John Cage’s 4’33” (that’s four minutes and 33 seconds of silence, for those not familiar with that particular piece).

While Ace itself has right on its homepage that it offers “everything you need and nothing you don’t”, Sister City tries to be “an experiment in essentialism”. We’re not sure how much more hipster an LES hotel with that label and those sources of inspiration posting white squares on to Instagram can get. Nine posts later, they have progressed to the same blue that frames the website.

The wonder that is the internet does not give up much more – deliberately so, one assumes – but the good people over at Curbed do have some exterior renderings, which show the original structure growing by a number of stories.

Translating all of this and looking at room size and price (between 162 and 262 square feet and from $259), Sister City comfortably joins the range of micro-hotels that are doing well in pricey, urban centres (think Arlo, citizenM, Pod Hotels, Yotel and Moxy). It should open later this year.

[Photo is via Sister City; rendering is via Curbed]

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Paul J DeVries
Paul J DeVries is a freelance travel writer and was previously a contributing editor for HotelChatter.com. Based in London, he knows the city's hotel scene inside out, while also covering the latest in destinations around the world. When not checking out a new hotel, he checks in on the airlines and inflight products that get you there.

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