On entering your hotel room, you might expect to see a lovely little chocolate placed on your pillow. Or a liberal scattering of local flora. Or a towel, tormented into the damply wilting shape of a swan. Much as they’d love you to get a great night’s sleep, the stifled yawns these hackneyed housekeeping ‘surprises’ generate is unlikely to have been the hotelier’s intent.
Step forward, the ever-inventive Ace Hotel. Styled as destinations of design and cultural integrity themselves, this collection of seven hotels has rethought the turndown service with typically uplifting results.
Proving that there’s nothing more satisfying than proper, personal letter writing, they’ve collaborated with award-winning poet/novelist, Alexander Chee to give guests the complimentary gift of beautifully crafted words.
Every month for the next year, the Ace Hotel NY will invite a different wordsmith in for a sleepover to produce their own open letter to lucky guests, hand-stamped and numbered like the little works of literary art they are. Combined with seasonal readings, this ‘living anthology’ initiative promises to take bedtime reading to belletristic new heights.