Ladies, gentlemen, and everyone else. We present to you the third and final mystery song for Take Cover, our music contest with Howie Pyro, the grand prize for which is a brand new car! Just kidding! It’s actually a Levi’s Pioneer Sessions Limited Edition Crosley Turntable! So listen carefully, and guess wisely. We’ll announce the genius next week.

Come see Howie spin tonight in the desert. We’ve got a Desert Facial with fresh mint and your name on it. And Howie’s picking out some good stuff from his 45s…


We weren’t sure you would be able to do it, but we stand corrected. Lewis Winter solved last week’s Take Cover without a hitch. For those of you who were left guessing, it was German clarinetist Rolf Kühn covering Black Sabbath’s Paranoid.
This week is the third and final round of Take Cover. We’re giving the winner a Levi’s Pioneer Sessions Limited Edition Crosley Turntable. So stay tuned for the mystery song. Bonus points for anyone who sends us a video of themselves covering their favorite song on an unusual instrument. All guesses, performances, and musings should be directed here.

We weren’t sure you would be able to do it, but we stand corrected. Lewis Winter solved last week’s Take Cover without a hitch. For those of you who were left guessing, it was German clarinetist Rolf Kühn covering Black Sabbath’s Paranoid.

This week is the third and final round of Take Cover. We’re giving the winner a Levi’s Pioneer Sessions Limited Edition Crosley Turntable. So stay tuned for the mystery song. Bonus points for anyone who sends us a video of themselves covering their favorite song on an unusual instrument. All guesses, performances, and musings should be directed here.


This psychedelic and strangely calming photograph reminds us of the colortones in a Hitchcock movie. It’s by David Hogarty, our winning contender for the Gormley contest for this week. We’re sending him some strong, delicious coffee.
Thoughts from this week’s entrants (all creative spelling is theirs):

I just stayed with you for 1 week, and when I  noticed the first statue, I seriously thought this guy was going to  jump. stpped the taxi. and kinnda started shouting, until someone told  me about the Event Horizon.


On Sunday my family, friends, and I stumbled across the Madison Square  park first looking at the statue of William Seward as he was born in a  town not far from us in Florida, NY. As it started raining we searched  for cover under the trees in the park. When the rain finally let up we  noticed a man standing on a building, and another and another ! We later  found out it was Antony Gormley’s exhibit. We then walked to the Empire  State building in search of as many sculptures as we could find. It was  great fun roaming the streets of NYC admiring the art and architecture  of the city.    My Dad snapped this photo on his phone as we were  posing with the sculptures.

Many of the image files were also named “naked man.” As the exhibition draws to a close, decorum is breaking down and people seem to riff more and more on the nekkid-ness. Anyways, the new entries are really good. Go vote by clicking on the Gormley button in the sidebar. And send us your entries to win something you can share with your friends or hoard all for yourself.

This psychedelic and strangely calming photograph reminds us of the colortones in a Hitchcock movie. It’s by David Hogarty, our winning contender for the Gormley contest for this week. We’re sending him some strong, delicious coffee.

Thoughts from this week’s entrants (all creative spelling is theirs):

I just stayed with you for 1 week, and when I noticed the first statue, I seriously thought this guy was going to jump. stpped the taxi. and kinnda started shouting, until someone told me about the Event Horizon.

On Sunday my family, friends, and I stumbled across the Madison Square park first looking at the statue of William Seward as he was born in a town not far from us in Florida, NY. As it started raining we searched for cover under the trees in the park. When the rain finally let up we noticed a man standing on a building, and another and another ! We later found out it was Antony Gormley’s exhibit. We then walked to the Empire State building in search of as many sculptures as we could find. It was great fun roaming the streets of NYC admiring the art and architecture of the city.  
My Dad snapped this photo on his phone as we were posing with the sculptures.

Many of the image files were also named “naked man.” As the exhibition draws to a close, decorum is breaking down and people seem to riff more and more on the nekkid-ness. Anyways, the new entries are really good. Go vote by clicking on the Gormley button in the sidebar. And send us your entries to win something you can share with your friends or hoard all for yourself.


TAKE COVER

Guess who this is covering Satisfaction and we’ll send you an Ace Hotel t-shirt in the mail, SWAK. Howie Pyro picked this out for you and, true to form, it’s mildly terrifying. The contest is in honor of Levi’s Pioneer Sessions - artists covering the classic songs that inspire them. We’ll post another song for you to guess next week, and again the following week, except for the third time around we’ll give the winner a Levi’s Pioneer Sessions Limited Edition Crosley Turntable. What a mouthful. The name is actually larger than the deck itself. It’s compact, handsome, and sounds as clear and crisp as all of your records must have 40 years ago. Carry on, contenders! Send your guess to us with “Howie Pyro x Levi’s x Ace” in the subject line.

*Update: The mystery has been solved. And it isn’t Yoko Ono.


Opening Ceremony makes us happy. They just look good and they have a good attitude. They have a special Ace New York OC website where you can get a curated tour of the best travel products you’ll ever need, including quill pens, McSweeney’s reading materials, and Mad Libs. Don’t deny yourself the pleasure of visiting.

Opening Ceremony makes us happy. They just look good and they have a good attitude. They have a special Ace New York OC website where you can get a curated tour of the best travel products you’ll ever need, including quill pens, McSweeney’s reading materials, and Mad Libs. Don’t deny yourself the pleasure of visiting.


THIS ONE’S FOR YOU

We’re giving away some signed copies of Jay Greene’s book, Design is How it Works. He likes the way we work design, and did us the honor of including us. Send your best photos of your favorite design and vintage aspects of any Ace Hotel. We’ll confer and nail-bite and debate passionately late into the night, and then we’ll send the winners their booty. Godspeed!


One half of People Under the Stairs, prolific creator, collaborator, mover-shaker, Thes One shares a ¡Reunión! with DJ Day this  week. Come early for local, organic tacos and good tequila.

One half of People Under the Stairs, prolific creator, collaborator, mover-shaker, Thes One shares a ¡Reunión! with DJ Day this week. Come early for local, organic tacos and good tequila.


Ace Palm Springs. Photo by Tim Melideo.

Ace Palm Springs. Photo by Tim Melideo.


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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