The all-conquering Ace Hotel chain already has a New York outpost in the up-and-coming NoMad district, however its new Sister City spinoff concept offers something different –an economical yet still cool and comfortable stay in another aspirational part of town. Think perfectly proportioned rooms, seamless hi-tech check-in and a ground-floor restaurant, Floret, for a quick business brunch.
Bowery was the place to go for a vaudevillian good time a century ago, and things have almost come full circle. The once-dilapidated district is now the best place to hunt down legendary pizza, charming hole-in-the-wall bars and artisanal products, from stationery to Scandinavian knitwear.
The designers, Atelier Ace, cite the minimalism of Japanese bento boxes and Finnish saunas as inspiration for the look and feel of the compact, cubby-hole aesthetic, with rooms decked out in warm-toned wood with simple white bedsheets.
You’ll find influencers on a budget and the odd discerning sightseer mingling in Sister City’s rooftop bar, though the vibe is more businesslike than bohemian. This is high-end yet affordable accommodation for creative types.
Pick up a tote bag or some artisanal snacks at Sister City’s hyper-curated shop next to check-in. Rooms are only just big enough to swing a cat, let alone a dog, but you can also pre-order a dog bowl for yours if you fancy bringing Fido along for the ride-o. End your day in the aptly named Last Light on the 11th floor, where drinks are served till 2am.
Sister City is the perfect base for some urban exploration of the achingly hip variety. The hotel’s ‘less, but better’ ideology means zero faff, and more time to be your best self in the Big Apple.