Founder of Ace Hotel dies at 47

Alex Calderwood and Sheri Timmons at Levi's & Ace Hotel's Backyard BBQ held at a Private Residence on August 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

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Born in Denver and raised in Seattle, Calderwood (L) became a party promoter after high school.

The founder of the trendy Ace Hotel has died in London, the chain announced.

Alex Calderwood, 47, died Thursday. No details were given on Calderwood’s cause of death.

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The pioneering hotelier launched the Ace Hotel Group in Seattle in 1999.

The original 28-room property — featuring uber-cool rooms stocked with reclaimed furniture, street art and turntables — became the model for a rapidly expanding chain known for its reasonable price.

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Ace hotels sprang up in major cities across the U.S. and abroad. They could be found in New York, Los Angeles and London.

The W. 29th St. spot attracts an eclectic mix of guests from the worlds of art, fashion and tech.

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Born in Denver and raised in Seattle, Calderwood became a party promoter after high school.

In interviews, he openly discussed his struggles with alcohol abuse.


Nation / World – NY Daily News

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