Two Chic Boutique Hotels Designed by Visionaries

A new year always brings a flurry of new openings. Below, two hotels we really want to try.

Ace Hotel New Orleans

The Ace Hotel is well known for its excellent taste in food, cities, and buildings, so it’s no surprise that their major opening this year is one of the most anticipated yet—New Orleans.

While the décor here definitely feels like an Ace, you’ll find none of the urban grunge of the New York location or the woods-ey, hipster feel of the Portland and Seattle spots. The elegant spaces are decorated (by no less than goop favorites Roman & Williams) in dark gem tones, with elegant banquettes and thoughtful art deco accents. The building itself is a 1928 art deco masterpiece in the Warehouse district, which was occupied by a Scandinavian furniture company for most of its existence. As this is an Ace, the restaurant is shaping up to be pretty great as well. Memphis food wizards Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, childhood best friends whose home-style Italian food is infused with a Southern kick, are making it their first venture outside of Tennessee.

*Although it’s a bit smaller (only 63 rooms), the Ace’s 2015 opening in an ancient YMCA building in Pittsburgh, complete with a cavernous, tiled, lobby, also deserves an honorable mention here.

Faena Hotel Miami Beach

The newly-opened Faena Hotel in Miami Beach is the cornerstone of the completely overhauled Arts District of the same name, a four-block project imagined by Brazilian developer Alan Faena. The wildly creative developer is known for dreaming big—his first hotel in Buenos Aires (designed by Philippe Starck and also called the Faena) is famous for its dramatic décor and clientele to match. His second project is a complete reimagining of the 1948 Saxony Hotel right along the Beach—so close, in fact, that it opened with the fittingly over-the-top gesture of a full disco roller rink installed on the sand. Faena brought in power couple Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin to spearhead décor, which features Damien Hirst’s rendition of a gilded wooly mammoth near the pool, and an exhaustively detailed mural by Argentinian painter Juan Gatti lining the entry on both sides. The 150-seat theatre downstairs is set to host cabaret shows monthly.