When travelling to a new city, one of my first stops is a local record store. But, when I find something interesting, I typically have to wait until I get back to New York before I can give it a proper listen.
Not so if I'm staying at an Ace Hotel. Rooms at Ace are stocked with a Music Hall turntable and a bin full of records. Jackpot!
The design and vibe will make you feel like you're crashing at you're friend's bohemian pad as opposed to a cookie cutter chain hotel. Pricing is very reasonable as they cut out the services you really don't need.
The New York Times called it "the country's most original new hotel" and Wallpaper called it "pure rock'n'roll bohemia". Currently only in Seattle and Portland, they will be opening locations in New York and Palm Springs in March 2009.