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Byline: Amanda FitzSimons
ACE OF BASE
New York City is getting a dose of the Pacific Northwest's alternative lifestyle. The Ace Hotel, part of a Seattle-based chain, will open its doors to visitors in downtown Manhattan on May 1. There they'll find funky flea-market furnishings and rooms with a wide range of price tags ($99 for a compact room with twin bunk beds to upwards of $1,000 for an 1,100-square-foot two-bedroom suite).
Although opening a new property even one with wallet-friendly options in the era of the "staycation" seems misguided, Ace founder Alex Calderwood isn't worried. "Ace is well positioned for this economy," says the hotelier, who also …