The trendy Ace Hotel arrived on New York’s hotel scene in May 2009 and has been the destination du jour of the hipster crowd ever since. This is the kind of space where you’ll want to hang out all day, which is in fact what New York’s cool crowd does - be it for socialising, sleeping, eating, shopping, or enjoying some highly entertaining people watching. The heart of the concept is the sprawling lobby with soaring high ceilings and lovingly-restored Chesterfield leather lounges. The Ace hotel’s gastropub-style Breslin Bar & Dining Room and the seafood-focused The John Dory eateries, both by acclaimed chef April Bloomfield, are perennially packed; along with No 7. gourmet sandwich shop, the Stumptown coffee bar, and a cool Opening Ceremony fashion store thrown in the mix. The Ace hotel’s 260 rooms are spread over 12 floors and offer some of the best value in town, with a range of room types to suit all budgets. Eclectic designer touches include in-room guitars, Smeg fridges and antique record players, along with a curated record collection from the best record store in New York. Despite being located in a rather uneventful area of Midtown, this is a popular hotel choice if you’re looking to be located in a central location between Downtown and Uptown Manhattan.