From the Ace Hotel in London’s Shoreditch to Soho House’s latest locale, a roundup of hotel rooftops to check out during the last days of summer.
1 Ace Hotel, London
Hipsters rejoice. Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s Universal Design Studio have added several indoor and outdoor spaces to the top of Ace Hotel on trendy Shoreditch High Street. The seventh floor addition includes a 48-square-metre balcony and 87-square-metre terrace bar, with furniture focused on traditional craftsmanship and bedecked in muted tones. UDS’s design is reflective of London’s steely vernacular, which can be seen in its south-facing view toward the River Thames and the financial district. 100 Shoreditch High Street, London.
2 CitizenM, New York City
Concrete, the Amsterdam design firm responsible for the W Hotels in London and Verbier, Switzerland, recently completed this 230-room hotel for the CitizenM chain in the heart of Times Square. The 77-square-metre rooftop bar, on the 22nd floor, has an urban cabin theme throughout: lanterns hang from the wooden ceiling, cabinets are filled with plants, books, cuckoo clocks and one of Harry Allen’s piglet sculptures (in green). Meanwhile, plush green sofas, a fireplace, and a bar – made from the trunk of a tree – add to the overall coziness. But this is still New York: you just have to step out on the terrace that overlooks Broadway to get a glimpse at all the action happening below. 218 West 50th Street, New York.
3 Hotel Palomar, San Francisco
A few months ago, hospitality experts Dawson Design Associates of Seattle transformed the fifth floor of its Hotel Palomar in the South of Market neighbourhood (home to the SFMOMA and the Yerba Buena Centre of the Arts) into a dark, sultry space with the addition of Dirty Habit: a bar-centric restaurant complete with dining and meeting rooms as well as a patio complete with a water feature and a three-metre-long fire fixture to help keep it toasty year round. Lighting is an integral part of the Hitchcock-inspired space: strings of lights and tabletop candles offer an amber glow, while a black marble bar and palette of purples, greens and greys further the mystery. 12 4th Street, San Francisco.
4 The Beverley Hotel, Toronto
On Queen Street West, this narrow micro-hotel by architect Steven Fong takes its cues from the clean lines of Scandinavian design while maintaining the grittiness of the district in which it lives. Its compact rooftop, designed by Paolo Silverio, packs in a lot of inviting options, from the main open-bar area with its soft white sofas and planted palms silhouetted against views of neighbouring rooftops, to an all-season terrace that overlooks the bustling shopping street below. The environs employ a palette of condo-construction materials: cement, steel, aluminum, wood and stone. With views of the city’s countless construction cranes that fill the skyline in every direction, it is easy to see where Silverio found his inspiration. 335 Queen Street West, Toronto.
5 Soho House, Chicago
Members only or not? Thanks to the guest accommodations of most Soho Houses worldwide, those staying at the hotel can also reap the benefits of the members club established in London 20 years ago. The latest outpost, housed in a 1907 belt factory in the trendy West Loop, features a glass-enclosed rooftop bar and 20-metre swimming pool surrounded by loungers. Furniture and flooring reflect the Windy City and the original warehouse, with retractable glass windows opening onto bistro tables, oversized chairs and sofas, and fireplaces. The sixth floor terrace provides panoramic views of the Chicago’s architecturally rich skyline. 113-125 North Green Street, Chicago.