Ace Hotel’s ‘Sister City’ Opens on the Bowery in January

Posted on: September 25th, 2018 at 10:00 am by

Sister City, the name bestowed upon the new 12-story Ace Hotel on the Bowery, is on the precipice of launch. Five years after news first broke of their arrival on the Lower East Side.

However, the hotel, which took over the building from Salvation Army, is no longer slated for a “Fall 2018” opening. The revised date, rather, is instead January 2019. Guests can now book reservations today for stays beginning February 15.

As previously reported, Ace spent the last several years renovating 225 Bowery, including a glassy rooftop addition and cornice atop the original tenement building. There are roughly 200 rooms, with entry off Rivington Street at the end of Freeman Alley.

In case you’re wondering about the rooms at Sister City, it’s apparently an “experiment in essentialism…”

Each guest room comes equipped with custom crafted fixtures and furnishings designed in-house. A circle motif is carried throughout the guest rooms and corridors, a subtle nod to the universality of its form. There’s a circular illuminated mirror above the terrazzo vanity in the bathroom, and a perforated metal sconce over the desk. The valet was intentionally designed to be multi-functional, as well as the dual-purpose foldable desk and built-in bed that stores luggage and personal belongings. All the furniture in the room is made from cherry wood imported from Italy.

Rates start at $199 per night.

As for the food and beverage component, it appears Nick Morgenstern is no longer part of the plans. Floret is the all-day restaurant on the ground floor – conceived by chef Joe Ogrodnek – featuring a Mediterranean-inspired menu and wine list by Josh Hanover.

The duo will also helm the rooftop operation.

Photo: Brian W. Ferry

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