The Ace Hotel is Our New Favourite Joint in Sydney


The Ace Hotel Sydney has opened its very good-looking doors, and here’s your first look at their first spot in the Southern Hemisphere.

Clocking in at not so humble 18 storeys, Ace Hotel Sydney includes 257 guest rooms, a lobby bar, gym, event spaces, ground-floor restaurant and laneway cafe, vintage photo booth, and a rooftop restaurant and bar. The hotel reimagines the historically significant Tyne Building in Surry Hills, built above Australia’s first kiln discovery and inspired by the warm colour palettes of the Australian landscape.

As with everything the Ace Group does, the attention to detail—down to the brass wall hooks by Studio Henry Wilson, the vinyl selection curated by Michael Kucyk, the custom robes from Deiji Studio featuring artwork by Jason Phu, and the 70’s inspired signage by Studio Ongarato—is insane. The lion’s share of the painfully stylish interior can be attributed to Flack Studio, who anchored their inspiration in architect Robin Boyd’s The Australian Ugliness, as well as a landscape painting by Indigenous Australian artist Albert Namatjira.

Across all 18 floors, you’ll find nods to (the better parts of) 70’s design, plus work from Australian artists and makers. Before you see it for yourself in the flesh, consider this your virtual tour of everything you can experience from Sydney’s best new hotel—even if you’re not technically a paying guest.

The Lobby

Any hotel worth its salt has a killer lobby, and the Ace knows that better than anyone else. Walking off the street, you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows, a retail space with Ace merch you’ll probably end up walking out with (think record players, custom robes, blankets and more), and a marble bartop propping up the simply titled, The Lobby: a cocktail bar and lounge with a wine menu curated by Mike Bennie of P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants. Kiss stale lobby watering holes goodbye, because this bar you’ll actually want to drink at. And you can do so until 1 am, which is basically sunrise in a city where everything closes before you’ve had a chance to launch.

Drinking’s fun, but the indisputable champion of the lobby is the 70s-inspired sunken lounge in the centre of the room, made from an ochre-orange carpet and tan leather cushions. A veritable conversation pit that encourages people to do just that: talk to each other. A wild concept in the year 2022, but try it out.

The Rooms

The lowdown on what you really wanted to peek inside of: guest rooms. Whether you’re coming from out of town or are just laughing in the face of the rising costs of living and booking a stay in your own city, the Ace’s rooms take hotel living to a whole other stratosphere. Inside the 257 rooms, you’ll find impeccable custom-built furniture and joinery that sink into the bones of the heritage building with ease, and materials that favour raw concrete, tangerine-coloured carpet, natural American oak, marble and vintage fabrics. Once again, the Australian landscape inspirations are sliding their way back in via grassy greens, warm oranges, muted browns, and pops of cobalt, and we approve of this message.

Throw your bag on the floor, put on a Deiji Studios x Jason Phu custom made bathrobe, muck around with one of the D’Angelico acoustic guitars, and realise you’re actually pretty shit at it and opt instead to put a record on the turntable, choosing from a vinyl collection painstakingly curated by Michael Kucyk of Melbourne-based record label Efficient Space. A stay worth every penny.

Eating and Drinking

All of the hotel’s drinking and eating spots (of which there are four) are open to the public, so if you’re not staying at the Ace, you don’t need to miss out. Located on the ground floor, LOAM serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and is the sister restaurant to the Downtown Los Angeles joint of the same name.

Along the hotel’s laneway entrance is Good Chemistry, a day-to-night cafe and bar that opens fully onto the laneway. The name is a nod to the building’s past life as a Soul Pattinson factory, which is also responsible for the huge restored safe you’ll find in the same ground floor space, next to the vintage photo booth.

On the top floor, with a mind-melting view of the city, is the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar Kiln. This place is good good: Kiln was designed by Fiona Lynch Office, who was partly inspired by Australia’s native grasses and sandstone in sourcing local and sustainable materials such as reclaimed timber, recycled glass and natural leather. Lynch also collaborated with Spacecraft Studio to salvage materials from the building site and crush them into pigments, which were then used to colour the room’s linens. See what we mean about attention to detail?

Art

Walk into any Ace outpost across the world, and you’ll find a celebration of the best in art that city has to offer. Ace Hotel Sydney is no different, and Flack Studio has pulled through once again with an incredible curation of Australian artists to make the space more than your stock standard hotel. In the lobby, you’ll find glazed-brick work by James Lemon and a ceramic library (another nod to the building’s former life as a kiln) featuring work from Nabilah Nordin, Scott Duncan, Ben Mazey, Laith McGregor, Kenya Peterson and more.

First Nations artist Tony Albert’s deliberately kitsch objects adorn the ground floor, and artist Jason Phu makes his much-appreciated mark across multiple floors in the hotel via his ink drawings in corridors on guestroom floors (and the robes, of course). Elsewhere, you’ll find work by MC favourite Nadia Hernandez, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Julia Gutman and many, many more.

The Ace Hotel Sydney is now open for bookings.

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