Pros

  • Chic hotel with artsy, hipster atmosphere and social scene
  • Near trendy nightlife spots, restaurants, and boutiques
  • Hip rooms with minibars, radios, and modern bathrooms
  • Balconies, record players and vinyl, and guitars in some suites
  • Lobby with photo booth, bar, coffee shop, and sleek workspaces
  • Hoi Polloi restaurant, juice bar, and 24-hour room service
  • Club space holds events, such as live music and DJ nights
  • Fitness area with cardio machines, free weights, and sauna
  • Free bike rentals available
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Pet-friendly for a fee
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Cons

  • Far from major tourist sights in central London
  • Noise can travel between rooms
  • Breakfast not included in the room rate
  • No on-site parking
  • Lobby can get packed, as it's open to the public
  • Hipster, social vibe not for everyone
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Bottom Line

The Ace Hotel London Soreditch is a trendy, upscale hotel with a youthful, hipster vibe. While somewhat of a distance to London's major tourist attractions, the surrounding area is full of nightlife and public transportation is nearby. The hotel has a social lobby with a bar, juice bar, coffee shop, restaurant, and lots of lounge and work spaces. There's also a basement club and a fitness center. The 258 hip, minimalist rooms have minibars and radios, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and 24-hour room service, but suites, with extra living space, record players, and a collection of vinyl, are the real standout. Travelers seeking a more traditional hotel and ambience may want to consider the nearby M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City, which has a pool but fewer hangout spots. 

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Pets Allowed

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Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

Scene

Trendy, hipster decor, vibe, and social ambience

The Ace Hotel is a hipster hangout spot tailored to the young -- whether in age or attitude -- and artsy. The hotel's plain-white facade is made to look brighter by a brick entryway studded in theater-style marquee lights and finished with a mass of potted plants, a nod to the florist shop attached to the building. The lobby has the social ambience as a hostel, but with a lot more style. In addition to a rotating gallery space and a functional photo booth, the lobby has a full bar, a coffee shop, several sitting areas, and a long, communal oak worktable often occupied by guests on Macs. But since these areas are open to the public, they can get quite packed. Throughout the hotel, an array of industrial materials pair well with vintage furniture to create decor with character. Wood floors might meet white-washed brick walls, while a mix of vintage couches, wooden chairs, and cast-iron stools create eclectic seating areas. The reception desk showcases record sleeves and sells hotel merchandise, such as stylish tote bags and hats. Miranda, the downstairs club and event space, has a packed calendar, so this is a great hotel for guests who are ready to hang out and have fun. 

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Location

Located near trendy Shoreditch nightlife spots and the Brick Lane Market; most major tourist sights require public transportation 

The Ace Hotel is located on busy Shoreditch High Street, which found fame as an artsy nightlife spot for young artists and students. Brick Lane, which is packed with restaurants and some hip boutiques, is about a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Residential and business properties sit along many of the nearby smaller streets, while the nearby Shoreditch High Street offers commuter trains that head into central London. The Liverpool Street Underground Station is a slightly longer walk from the hotel. The Tower of London could feasibly be reached in a 30-minute walk, but for most other major sights, public transportation is the best bet -- most sights require a 23- to 40-minute trip. There's no on-site parking.

  • Five-minute walk to Shoreditch High Street
  • 15-minute walk to Liverpool Street Underground Station
  • 20 minutes to Shard Skyscraper via public transportation
  • 23 minutes to St. Paul's Cathedral via public transportation
  • 30 minutes to the Palace of Westminster via public transportation
  • 30 minutes to Tate Modern via public transportation
  • 35 minutes to Trafalgar Square via public transportation
  • 35 minutes to the British Museum via public transportation
  • 40 minutes to Victoria and Albert Museum via public transportation
  • 40 minutes to Buckingham Palace via public transportation
  • One hour to Heathrow Airport via public transportation
  • One hour to Gatwick Airport via public transportation
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Rooms

Hip rooms with minibars -- some with record players and vinyl collections

The Ace's 258 rooms go for simplicity, with gray carpeting, white walls, black ceilings, and blue bedding. Standard Rooms have a look reminiscent of stylish college dorm rooms, with low beds, wooden crate-style side tables, and metal shelving units with plastic crates as drawers. Clipboards and cork boards hang on the walls, while large photos or abstract wall murals provide an artistic flourish. But even Standard Rooms are pretty roomy, with nice couches along the windows and small tables and chairs, while larger rooms have round, oak dining tables. Bathrooms are spacious and streamlined, with black-tile floors and white-tile walls. They include shower/tub combos, robes, hairdryers, and dispensers doling out toiletries.

All rooms are air-conditioned and include flat-screen TVs, safes, irons and ironing boards, Revo radios, and free Wi-Fi, in addition to well-stocked minibars. Upgraded rooms include extras like daybeds, record players and records, and acoustic guitars, while some of the Suites have spacious living areas, retro fridges, mid-century modern furniture, or, in the case of the Ace Suite, a huge wrap-around balcony. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Guests have complained about noise from the busy Shoreditch High Street outside, and guests on the first floor might hear or feel noise vibrations during gigs or music events. 

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Features

Trendy hangout spots including a bar, juice bar, coffee shop, restaurant, and a basement club 

The Ace Hotel London Shoreditch encourages guests to hang out and mingle, starting with the lobby's sitting areas and workstations. Other spaces that are equally inviting include the Gallery Bar, the Bulldog Edition coffee shop, and Hoi Polloi, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (Breakfast is not included in the room rate.) Lovage is the on-site juice and salad bar with a "High Street Window" -- a window for ordering directly from the street. Down from the lobby is the Miranda Room, a basement club with live music, DJs, and other events. 

The hotel also has several event rooms on the top floor that can be booked for parties or meetings, and can hold up to 120 people. A pleasant fitness area (not open to the public) includes a small sauna and a gym with mostly cardio equipment and a full rack of free weights. Bikes are available to rent free from the hotel. 

The front desk operates 24 hours a day, and staff can arrange laundry/dry cleaning service, offer ticket assistance, and perform other concierge services. Room service is available 24 hours. Wi-Fi is free throughout.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Basic Television

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pets Allowed

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Swim-Up Bar

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