Sister City, On The Bowery, Now In Soft-Open Mode. Going To Be A Hit!


Sister City Hotel, the new offshoot brand from The Ace, is finally open for bookings, although the restaurant, bar and most of the public spaces are still in the final stages of construction.

Rob Vogel, the hotel manager, took me on a tour of the rooms on Wednesday and I am going back for a full-on tour in May when all will be complete.

In the meantime, it has the earmarks of all of my favorite go-to spots. And, of course, I would expect no less from the Ace.

From what I observed, it is attracting young European and Asian travelers. They look like they might be in a variety of creative fields and from what I overheard, many are here for extended stays.

I’m considering booking a room there for myself just to get the full-on experience.

Design was done in-house by the Atelier Ace Team. Kudos, very impressive.

I will encourage all my friends and clients to check it out. The rooms are on the small side but ultra stylish with very efficient use of space. Reminds me of some of the Scandinavian hotels I stayed at last summer.

Floret, the all-day restaurant on the ground floor is still under construction (pic above, lower right). It will be run by chef Joe Ogrodnek and feature a Mediterranean-inspired menu and wine list by Josh Hanover. They will also be running the rooftop bar.

My only misgiving is that the lobby is small and not intended as a gathering/hang out spot. Will see how that goes. You all know how much I love lobby life!


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Entrance to Freeman’s Alley

Restaurant, off the lobby, still under construction

Room info artfully presented by the elevator on the ground floor

Lobby looking out to Back Garden and Freeman Alley

Atrium glasswork

Electronic check in – key envelope

Lobby is light and airy – looking toward Freeman Alley

Room with window looking out towards back of 6 Rivington

Same room

CORNER ROOM – this would be my favorite. Airy, lots of windows, large bathroom

Room overlooking the Bowery

Hallways are really zen

Freeman Alley – worker putting final touches on the back entrance

Sister City from the Bowery

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