We had a good year.

Photo by Justin Kent.

Photo by Eric Laingel.

2009 was full of good things. In the Spring, Ace Hotel & Swim Club hotel came to Palm Springs. Ace Hotel New York, Stumptown, and The Breslin opened in the summer. We’ve been getting a lot of flattering winks and catcalls from the press. Here’s a selected list of honors from 2009:

+ New York Times T Magazine : The Decade in Hotels Although not the first Ace, the burgeoning brand’s second property was the first full expression of an aesthetic and philosophy — eclectic Americana, accessible prices, the cult of local, handmade, vintage, curated — that continues its reign in the worlds of design, fashion and culture. Ace Hotel Portland.

+ Wallpaper Magazine : Best New Hotel in the World, Nominee Laid-back and filled with vintage finds, the Ace is effortlessly cool…With the hotel’s walls lined with works by local artists, and a fully stocked Smeg fridge in each room, this is NYC at its best. Ace Hotel New York.

+ Interior Design Magazine : Designer of the Year With its coffered ceiling, Greek key mosaic-tiled floor, schoolhouse pendant globes, and vintage commercial signage, the dimly lit lobby is grand and mysterious yet relaxed and idiosyncratic. Roman and Williams are celebrated for their work with Ace Hotel New York.

+ Conde Nast Traveler : 2009 Hot List A definitive guide to the world’s most exciting new establishments destined to become instant classics. Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs.

+ Details Magazine : The 10 Best Hotel Bars in the World At this quirky, black-walled grotto heavy on the vinyl and chunky wood furnishings, Monday nights feature Linda, the hostess at the restaurant next door, calling bingo and belting out show tunes. The Amigo Room at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs.

+ Time Out New York : Best New Hotel Lobby Bars When the Ace Hotel opened a New York outpost last spring, it brought with it the city’s first Stumptown café, guaranteeing early-morning crowds in need of artisan coffee. But the massive space, its soaring ceiling punctuated by trunk-thick columns, has ended up having more than just a.m. appeal; it’s become a popular spot for all types, at all hours. The lobby bar at Ace Hotel New York.

+ Cool Hunting : Top Five Collaborations of 2009 When designers and artists team up to multiply their talents, the end result is sometimes greater than the sum of its creative parts. Ace Hotel New York collaborates with L. Gambert, Converse, Coto, Surface to Air, and others to create staff uniforms.

+ Biz Bash New York : Four Stylish New Hotels The first New York outpost of a Portland, Oregon-based property, opened in May and sports an eclectic look with vintage furnishings and custom artwork. Ace Hotel New York.

+ Live The Desert Life : 15 Best New Restaurants in the Valley Locally grown and organic food, inspired but never pretentious, in an atmosphere of buzzing excitement, like the most amazing backyard barbecue you’ve ever been to. King’s Highway at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs.

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