Bunk bed, $209; cheap room, $229; small room, $259; medium room, $299; large room, $409; large double bed, $459; loft, $799
N, R at 28th St.; 6 at 28th St.
Guests can park at a nearby lot for a rate of $55 per 24 hours.
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The fourth link in the West Coast–based ACE chain—after Seattle, Portland, and Palm Springs—carries on the brand’s tradition of relaxed, user-friendly hotels that mix modern comforts with a retro-hip swagger. Formerly home to the Hotel Breslin SRO, the historic 1904 building was renovated by New York design firm Roman & Williams to include a cavernous lobby lounge/library, where English wing chairs and seventies-style suede sectional couches share space with hardcover-laden bookcases, an instant-photo booth, and an entire bar area that was salvaged from a Park Avenue apartment. Rooms range from budget-friendly options with bunk beds to deluxe choices with queens or kings, as well as loft suites with separate living spaces. All feature private bathrooms, vintage furniture, and flat-screen TVs, but the quirky extras—from Epiphone acoustic guitars, turntables, and vinyl LPs curated by Other Music to full-size SMEG refrigerators loaded with Boylan’s sodas and Heineken mini-kegs—vary depending on the room. The reinvented rec-room décor, however, is consistent: Beds are topped with plaid Pendleton blankets, gray terry Wings+Hornes robes hang from steel frames, and graffiti-inspired original artwork spouts messages like “Play Safe” and “Love is Supposed to Make You Glad.” Four floors, meanwhile, boast Mac-equipped computer labs suitable for either work or play.Pros
The rates suit almost every budget, the low-key staff is approachable, and the lobby’s a place where people actually hang out.
You’re centrally located, though the immediate vicinity is home to mainly wholesale-perfume and bag shops.
A host of ACE items—from the Rudy’s Barbershop bath products found in the rooms to COTO ties and special-edition Converse sneakers—are available for sale at the reception desk.