I loved it.
It's a great alternative to a standard hotel, but I'm a cheapskate and stingy with my five star ratings, so i knocked off a star for the prices, security and billing error (see the bottom of this post).
What I really want to do is give four and a half stars...
I stayed in one of their cheapest rooms on Thursday and Friday nights in January.
Price / value - Four stars
If booked through a third party like Priceline, Expedia or BookIt, it's reasonably priced (for what it is). The $25 per night "resort fee" is a little bogus for level of amenities ($15 - $20 would be more appropriate), but these bullcrap charges are kind of an industry standard so...
Design -Four stars
Re-purposed/used /industrial furnishings with a contemporary modernist bathroom. Perhaps a little bit too urban outfiter in some ways, but a very welcome change from the generic, bland version of "luxury" seen in just about every other hotel.
Food -Four stars
The restaurant food is above average, kinda whole foods meets diner in a good way (although prices are more whole foods -than diner).
Mood / service -Four stars
The general mood was comfortably casual. The service is a bit more casual than I'd prefer, but that's fine because the staff was universally cheerful and helpful. There were a few cute, well behaved dogs around the pool, which kind of added to a fun cozy feeling.
Hipsterism -Four hipsters
People who are obsessed with hating hipsters would be annoyed with 25% of the hotels guests. My policy is not to mind that they put so much effort into looking cool; it's entertaining to watch and they occasionally come up with some interesting stuff. It's so easy to take the benefits and just ignore any associated snobbery...
Hours -Five stars
I was very happy to discover that the pool and hot tub are open 'till 2AM! It was really great that I could have a late dinner, put my wife to sleep, get some work done, and then end the day with a swim and soak in the hot tub. I think the pool one of those salt water types so there is no chlorine yuckiness.
It's also great that check out is at noon.
WiFi was a bit slow and could use an upgrade.
Construction of a new addition was happening by the pool. Kinda noisy but not that bad... Perhaps after the building goes up, the "resort fee" will seem more reasonable.
The TV offerings were slim but I think that might be a good thing because it encourages guests to get out and hang by the pool and bar.
Check your bill
I discovered an erroneous charge as I checked out (probably the result of carelessness at front desk) but it was fixed with a minimum of fuss.
When it's hip hop DJ night they should up the security in the parking lot to keep non guests from getting too comfortable. -I don't care If 19 year old kids smoke weed or make out in a parking lot of a bar, but they should not feel free to do it in the parking lot near my hotel room door.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dine at King’s Highway, drink at the Short Bus, late night at the Amigo Room, swim at the Club, massaged in a Mongolian Yurt. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ace Hotel And Swim
- Ace Resort And Swim