Panama City, Panama
The Dining Room opens its doors today at American Trade Hotel, where Chef Clara Icaza is on hand with her famous grilled octopus and other local, seasonal fare. To make a reservation call 507-211-2200 or visit americantradehotel.com. ¡Salud!

Panama City, Panama

The Dining Room opens its doors today at American Trade Hotel, where Chef Clara Icaza is on hand with her famous grilled octopus and other local, seasonal fare. To make a reservation call 507-211-2200 or visit americantradehotel.com. ¡Salud!


We’re moving to Panama City. Atelier Ace, the creative crew behind Ace Hotel, is proud to announce our first foray into Central America with the new American Trade Hotel in the historic district of Panama City, Casco Viejo, opening autumn 2013. It’s not an Ace Hotel, but it’s a new member of the family. As such, American Trade Hotel embodies our love for meaningful design, local culture and community, and forward-thinking classics.
As a luxury hotel, it’s new and exciting territory for our creative team — distinguished from Ace Hotel by its loyalty to classic lines, traditional service and loyal interpretations of luxury heritage hospitality. We’ve gathered some friends to meet us at the crossroads: Commune Design — the team that helped create Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs — and Panama City-based Conservatorio.
American Trade Hotel stands at the ecological and cultural handshake of the Americas, deeply connected to both the historic Old Quarter and the nascent new Panama City, and at the heart of Casco Viejo — the old quarter of Panama City founded in 1673. The building is nearly 100 years old, and we really like the cut of its jib — a constellation of stately lines and graphic elements, grand old windows and incredible views of the old city and the Gulf of Panama. And beyond the front doors, we’ve stumbled across some of the most mind-bogglingly beautiful eco-diversity in the world — yours to explore when you come visit us down south.
We’re opening autumn 2013, and accepting reservations now for as early as January 1, 2014. You can also keep up with American Trade Hotel on Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

We’re moving to Panama City. Atelier Ace, the creative crew behind Ace Hotel, is proud to announce our first foray into Central America with the new American Trade Hotel in the historic district of Panama City, Casco Viejo, opening autumn 2013. It’s not an Ace Hotel, but it’s a new member of the family. As such, American Trade Hotel embodies our love for meaningful design, local culture and community, and forward-thinking classics.

As a luxury hotel, it’s new and exciting territory for our creative team — distinguished from Ace Hotel by its loyalty to classic lines, traditional service and loyal interpretations of luxury heritage hospitality. We’ve gathered some friends to meet us at the crossroads: Commune Design — the team that helped create Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs — and Panama City-based Conservatorio.

American Trade Hotel stands at the ecological and cultural handshake of the Americas, deeply connected to both the historic Old Quarter and the nascent new Panama City, and at the heart of Casco Viejo — the old quarter of Panama City founded in 1673. The building is nearly 100 years old, and we really like the cut of its jib — a constellation of stately lines and graphic elements, grand old windows and incredible views of the old city and the Gulf of Panama. And beyond the front doors, we’ve stumbled across some of the most mind-bogglingly beautiful eco-diversity in the world — yours to explore when you come visit us down south.

We’re opening autumn 2013, and accepting reservations now for as early as January 1, 2014. You can also keep up with American Trade Hotel on Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


Thinking Cap is a new evolving series by Atelier Ace making inquires into the creative processes of experimental artists, musicians and personalities. Artists all have their rituals for getting into the heat of their energy. Hemingway would stop working when he had a good idea to save some motivation. Gertrude Stein would only work for 30 minutes each day. Mark Mothersbaugh gets up at 3am to draw every morning. Some people need a certain room or a certain outfit or need to get naked. The Thinking Cap, outfitted with a POV camera, captures that process with all the shakes, swoops and cries of victory in real time.
First up, Evan B. Harris, one of the first muralists at Ace Hotel Portland, and a maker of great omelettes. Next up, Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo, and in August our friends from Sword + Fern.
See it all here, and share something about your creative process with us with #athinkingcap and @acehotel. We’ll keep an eye out and send treats to the creators who catch our eye.

Thinking Cap is a new evolving series by Atelier Ace making inquires into the creative processes of experimental artists, musicians and personalities. Artists all have their rituals for getting into the heat of their energy. Hemingway would stop working when he had a good idea to save some motivation. Gertrude Stein would only work for 30 minutes each day. Mark Mothersbaugh gets up at 3am to draw every morning. Some people need a certain room or a certain outfit or need to get naked. The Thinking Cap, outfitted with a POV camera, captures that process with all the shakes, swoops and cries of victory in real time.

First up, Evan B. Harris, one of the first muralists at Ace Hotel Portland, and a maker of great omelettes. Next up, Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo, and in August our friends from Sword + Fern.

See it all here, and share something about your creative process with us with #athinkingcap and @acehotel. We’ll keep an eye out and send treats to the creators who catch our eye.


We at Atelier Ace have a new neighbor in Portland’s Chinatown — Table of Contents, the mercantile of our dreams and a close friend to our other neighbors and old friends Studio J, the brainchild of Janet and John Jay. We recently raised a glass to TOC’s grand opening and then waltzed around the corner for an afterparty and feast at Studio J, with decorations by Janet and Hazel Cox and a lot of good friends in attendance. The very talented Johnny Le took photos.
Table of Contents just launched a new web shop, and they’re celebrating with a quick winter sale through Saturday. They’re also on the impressive roster of booksellers and presses at this weekend’s Publication Fair hosted by Publication Studio in The Cleaners at Ace Hotel Portland. Now is the time to indulge thyself with handsome books, objects and sweaters…

We at Atelier Ace have a new neighbor in Portland’s Chinatown — Table of Contents, the mercantile of our dreams and a close friend to our other neighbors and old friends Studio J, the brainchild of Janet and John Jay. We recently raised a glass to TOC’s grand opening and then waltzed around the corner for an afterparty and feast at Studio J, with decorations by Janet and Hazel Cox and a lot of good friends in attendance. The very talented Johnny Le took photos.

Table of Contents just launched a new web shop, and they’re celebrating with a quick winter sale through Saturday. They’re also on the impressive roster of booksellers and presses at this weekend’s Publication Fair hosted by Publication Studio in The Cleaners at Ace Hotel Portland. Now is the time to indulge thyself with handsome books, objects and sweaters…

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We just went to LA to help Levi’s throw a party to celebrate the launch of their Care to Air campaign. The event was part of Dwell Magazine’s  Dwell On Design 2010 — a gathering of industries and people who understand that sustainability makes fashion and design even more inspiring and sexy. We made drinks and food using elements of our edible landscape in Palm Springs and gave guests handmade gifts of little succulents in jars. We also used one whole room of the Levi’s West Hollywood showroom to recreate our design studio, using Levi’s sense of heritage and the inspiration and design behind each of our hotels to give the feeling that you had just stepped into someone’s intimate workspace —- an old fan fluttered pictures and notes on the wall, little lamps focused attention on spools of thread and French bio-architecture books, and a dice game was underway. Here are some photos from this little world we created — a feast of everything that has inspired us so far with hints of what’s to come.




















Photography by Alex Wyman. Design and additional photos by Valentine Freeman and Belin Liu.

We just went to LA to help Levi’s throw a party to celebrate the launch of their Care to Air campaign. The event was part of Dwell Magazine’s Dwell On Design 2010 — a gathering of industries and people who understand that sustainability makes fashion and design even more inspiring and sexy. We made drinks and food using elements of our edible landscape in Palm Springs and gave guests handmade gifts of little succulents in jars. We also used one whole room of the Levi’s West Hollywood showroom to recreate our design studio, using Levi’s sense of heritage and the inspiration and design behind each of our hotels to give the feeling that you had just stepped into someone’s intimate workspace —- an old fan fluttered pictures and notes on the wall, little lamps focused attention on spools of thread and French bio-architecture books, and a dice game was underway. Here are some photos from this little world we created — a feast of everything that has inspired us so far with hints of what’s to come.



Photography by Alex Wyman. Design and additional photos by Valentine Freeman and Belin Liu.


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