It began in Seattle when three friends purchased an old halfway house and, on a shoe-string budget, remodeled the building into an affordable haven for starving artists, musicians, and a growing young, hip and mobile business class. That was 10 years ago. Now the Ace Hotel has grown into a small chain with four locations nationally, including Seattle and Portland, Oregon plus two new locations in Palm Springs, California, and New York City.
True to its origins, the Ace Hotel continues to specialize in creative remodeling, including a strong adherence to the "reuse and recycle" mentality. Ace Palm Springs -- remodeled from an old Howard Johnson's with a Denny's attached -- uses local vintage furniture in its rooms and a reclaimed "Short Bus" as its poolside bar to name a few. Amazingly, the hotel's design manages to stay true to the mid-century modern aesthetic of the original building, all the while providing a general sense of "camping" in the desert. Ace is currently working on a greywater system for the Palm Springs hotel, as well as seeking out ways to utilize abundant, desert solar energy and fuel cells.
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