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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hint Tip: Ace Hotel

Back in February we learned, and immediately spilled the beans to you, that Portland's cheap-but-chic, grunge-observant Ace Hotel (we know such things because we recently stayed there on a trip to the sprawling Nike campus) had plans to open smack in the middle of New York City. Now we're hearing the new space, in midtown at 29th & Broadway, will finally launch February 1, just in time for Fashion Week.

Some of the signature anti-glam things you'll find: a restaurant by the owners of the Spotted Pig, an old-timey barbershop, a gym with vintage equipment, Smeg refrigerators (from the time people called them ice boxes) in half the rooms and views of the Empire State Building. Apparently the place is full of history—until recently there was even a boxing ring in the basement. And even though they're all about cheap rooms, they want you to know they have rock star suites, too. You know, just in case.

(By the way, in a related tip, the elk-emblazoned wool blankets on the seats of Number (N)ine's Northwest-inspired fall collection, made in collaboration with Ace, will arrive soon.)

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