UK: Alex Calderwood, the co-founder of Ace Hotels, has died in London, aged 47.
Calderwood co-founded the brand in 1999 with Wade Weigel and Doug Herrick. Portland-based company opened its first hotel in Seattle and now has properties in London, LA, New York, Palm Springs, Portland, Seattle and Panama. The London property was the most recent opening.
A spokesman for Ace Hotels confirmed Calderwood’s death but declined to comment on the cause of death.
Instantly recognisable with his shock of curly black hair, Calderwood described himself as a “cultural engineer” rather than a hotelier.
Seattle restarateur Linda Derschang said of Calderwood: “Alex was an amazing connector. He knew people from so many different worlds. He loved introducing his different friends and supporting them in their endeavours. He was very generous in that way.”
An inventive, innovative and energetic figure in the boutique hotel sector, Alex Calderwood was a wellspring of ideas, and his Ace properties have become remarkably influential.
The hotel world will be quieter and poorer for his passing.