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Sleek, hip, comfortable and full of signage

The Ace Hotel New York City really speaks to you, and not figuratively. "You sure would look better pressed," says the ironing board. "This one does not go to the lobby," says an elevator. Both are not voices, but examples of the Ace's addiction to signage. And an aesthetic that might seem too cool for school if it weren't for some simple facts: The rooms are comfortable, the service is efficient and friendly, and the food is top-notch. Rooms have a minimal look, done up in grays and browns, with wooden platform beds (weekend rates start at $369; 20 W. 29th St.; 1-212-679-2222;

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Earn a free stay with Marriott

Earn up to two free nights with Marriott's MegaBonus deal. To qualify for a gratis night, loyalty members must register for the promotion by Nov. 15 and complete two stays at a participating property by Jan. 15. A "stay" is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel. The free night applies to category 1-5 properties, such as the Edinburgh Marriott. The free night expires one year after date of issuance. To become a loyalty member, go to; click on "Marriott Rewards" and "join now"; membership is free. Info: 1-888-236-2427,

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