New Ace Hotel Opens in New Orleans

by | Aug 21, 2018 | Design

Ace Hotel has opened another of its hip boutique hotels in the vibrant American city of New Orleans. We take a look inside the refurbishment of this art deco former furniture store into a modern hotel.

Ace Hotel in New Orleans

Ace Hotel has returned to conquer yet another American city with its pioneering brand of lifestyle hotel. With properties in such desirable destination cities as New York, Seattle, Chicago, LA and Portland, and offerings further afield in Kyoto and London, it was perhaps only a matter of time before Ace landed in one of the US’ most culturally important cities, New Orleans. Located in a former furniture shop in New Orleans’ Warehouse District, the new Ace Hotel occupies a prime corner spot at the intersection of Carondelet and Lafayette streets.

Art deco design

The original building was completed in 1928 and was designed by famed local architecture firm Weiss, Dreyfous and Seiferth. Spread over nine floors, the building has an imposing art deco facade that harks back to an bygone era, one which the team behind the redesign, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in collaboration with interior designers Roman & Williams, tried to evoke in the new hotel, while still adhering to Ace’s brand standards. The architects and designers had the existing building to work with, but also added a four-storey extension to give a total floor area of 17,100 m2.

Contrasting interiors

The decorative, industrial character of the exterior of the building is respected and emulated internally, where robust yet precious materials such as leather, tile and wood panelling abound.”The interior features restrained finishes and a lively but warm character that provide a welcome contrast from the art-deco ornamentation of the building’s base,” the hotel said. The hotel rooms are treated with a dark colour palette to create a warmth and intimacy. Grey walls are set off by darkly stained hardwood floors, and in the bathrooms, white marble sinks contrast with dark green and grey tiles. All of these elements are soften by delicate lighting that comes from anglepoise and standing lamps and art deco pendant fittings over the beds. On the roof, guests can take advantage of the bright pool deck, an oasis in the middle of the city.

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