America's Coolest Hipster Hotels

Jessica Schwartzberg

Original artwork, retro-chic amenities, and (sometimes) comfortable accommodations define these bastions of cool.

Ace Hotels (NYC, L.A., Palm Springs, Seattle, Portland OR)

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Today there are hundreds of hotels with turntables, vinyl collections, and artsy graffiti-inspired wall murals (as well as quirky bathroom fixtures, resident DJs, curated bedside reading, and retro bike rentals), but you can trace it all back to this pioneering, Seattle-based chain, the brainchild of self-described cultural engineer Alexander Calderwood. Each property offers a site-specific design—NYC is all about industrial salvage while the look at Ace Palm Springs is vintage desert-chic—and a wide range of accommodations, from cheaper hostel-style rooms to elaborate “rockstar” pads with custom Gibson guitars.

America's Coolest Hipster Hotels

Ace Hotels (NYC, L.A., Palm Springs, Seattle, Portland OR)

Today there are hundreds of hotels with turntables, vinyl collections, and artsy graffiti-inspired wall murals (as well as quirky bathroom fixtures, resident DJs, curated bedside reading, and retro bike rentals), but you can trace it all back to this pioneering, Seattle-based chain, the brainchild of self-described cultural engineer Alexander Calderwood. Each property offers a site-specific design—NYC is all about industrial salvage while the look at Ace Palm Springs is vintage desert-chic—and a wide range of accommodations, from cheaper hostel-style rooms to elaborate “rockstar” pads with custom Gibson guitars.

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