Since its founding in 1999, the Ace Hotel Group has been at the vanguard of the boutique hotel craze. By striking an intentional, tasteful balance between vernacular charm and cosmopolitan creature comforts, Ace Hotels (and their emerging competitors, such as Marriott Bonvoy’s Design Hotels) have become the hospitality standard for the globe-trotting creative class. Now, with new consolidated ownership and nearly 30 years of trend-setting experience to bolster their brand, Ace has ventured south of the equator for the very first time.
Opened in 2021 and located in Sydney’s Surry Hills neighborhood, Ace Hotel Sydney calls a 20th-century brick factory and warehouse (née Tyne House) home. Built in 1915 and inspired by the Chicago School’s early skyscrapers, the 10-story tower has now been joined by an 18-story addition and boasts 257 hotel rooms in total. Bates Smart Architects led the refurbishment of the warehouse and the construction of the addition, with Flack Studio tackling the art curation and interior styling: earthy colors and textures evocative of Australia’s landscape, bulbous lighting, and indulgently upholstered furnishings.
Crowning the hotel is KILN, Ace Hotel Sydney’s rooftop restaurant and bar, which opened in October. A refined eclecticism defines the menu—Italian, Japanese, and Southeast Asian dishes made with Australian ingredients and an outback sensibility—and the design. Spearheaded by Fiona Lynch Office (FLO), KILN offers “an Australian take on what an Ace Hotel could be, reflecting Australia’s culture, colors and design language,” explained founder Fiona Lynch. “Our approach when designing hospitality projects is a tangible expression of elements: people, place, and provenance. We aim to create an ambience that transcends a space, so understanding a brand’s DNA is important.”
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