Ace London: Smack in the heart of Shoreditch (think of it as Portlandia, British-style) just down the road from Regent’s Canal.
American Trade: 157 steps from the beach (yes, we counted) inside a 96-year-old former department store built by one of Latin America’s greatest architects.
Edge: American Trade. Beach trumps canal any day. Plus, we’re pretty sure Panama has a canal, too...
Ace London: Artists, markets and graffiti murals on every corner—and at night, the current it-zone of London nightlife.
American Trade: The 300-year-old neighborhood of Casco Viejo, full of plazas, saltwater breezes, fresh fish, churches and more plazas.
Edge: Ace London. Always err on the side of art. And gin.
Ace London: In-room record players and vinyl collections; food from two heavy-hitting London restaurateurs; on-site flower shop; 24-hour room service.
American Trade: Ocean-view suites; pool; in-house jazz club; thread counts approaching quadruple digits.
Edge: Push. The ocean’s great. But so’s listening to a Clash record on your hotel room floor at 3am.