Ace Hotel Sydney is home to vibrant food and beverage public spaces, marking Ace’s first home in the Southern Hemisphere. Rooted in community, retaining the distinctively modernist aesthetic of Ace Hotels with a uniquely Australian twist, the Hotel welcomes discovery from its Surry Hills neighbours and traveller from afar afield.
The jury members were all impressed by the overall qualities of the interior of the Ace Hotel by Flack Studio. We particularly noted how integral the mix of food and beverage options, including the lobby bar, were to the overall experience. Simultaneously a combination of art, architecture and interiors, the hotel shows the skill of the design team to create a place that seems already worn-in. Both the hotel and its food and beverage venues convey the sense that they have somehow always been there, despite being brand new; this is a palpable strength of the combination of interior experiences. Hotel food and beverage venues need to operate smoothly as all-day offerings, but it’s a design challenge to make a space as well suited to breakfast and mid-morning coffee as to dinner and late-night cocktails. This seems like a venue that will be embraced by locals as a breakfast spot, as well as by guests and travellers from far and wide enjoying these versatile spaces late into the evening – an excellent outcome for residents and visitors alike.