Ace Hotel Portland
What We Love
- Snapping shots in the black-and-white photo booth
- Original art fits well with the vintage furnishings
- Pet-friendly accommodations
- Exploring Portland's Pearl District on wheels on the Ace's free rental bikes
- Happy Hour scene at Clyde Common
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- The tongue-in-cheek vibe jives best among young 20- and 30-somethings.
- The Ace has a boutique party atmosphere
- Portland gets a lot of rain from December through February; bring your galoshes
Leather couches, bartenders in fedoras, check-in clerks with suspenders, girls in Frye boots and art, art everywhere. Just about every demographic of Portland’s scenesters is represented at this rehabbed downtown SRO (single room occupancy) where Drugstore Cowboy was filmed. Now it’s buzzing with the trademark Ace style that’s the talk of the travel world, from New York to Palm Springs. Upstairs, rooms are stocked with primo Ace goodies like record players with old-school vinyl, Pendleton blankets, and wooden desks with Eames shell chairs. The hub of activity, though, is the lobby, where guests park themselves on worn-in leather couches with coffee from the adjacent Stumptown or inside the vintage self-serve photo booth. In the evenings, the scene moves to Clyde Common, the Ace’s bar and restaurant that serves vaguely European bites such as carrot gnudi and pan-roasted cod with eggplant and where mixologists make sure the cocktails come out precise and strong.
In the Area
The Ace is right in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District, home to some of the city’s best eating, shopping and coolest art galleries. Trek a block and find great secondhand goods at Magpie, which has everything from Member’s Only jackets to Lucite cufflinks. Brunch is big at Mother’s Bistro & Bar, and the lines get long early at this popular spot. Try the migas. Another popular brunch spot, Screen Door is a hit with anyone who wakes up hungry. If you’re not worried about your weight, the breakfast corn dog with cracked pepper maple syrup is transcendent.
How to Get There
Booked this hotel because it looked both trendy and reasonable nice. The 4 star rating seemed pretty reasonable, but I really wish I’d read some of the individual reviews. Clearly we were not the only people to have a disappointing experience here recently. I don’t know, maybe we just aren’t cool enough for this hotel.
If you enjoy tiny rooms with no decoration, blank walls and a single window that looks out on to a brick wall, you might like this place. If you enjoy your bed being on the floor and feeling like a pullout couch, this might be your cup of tea. If you’re into hearing the people upstairs stomping around, or other people talking in the halls at all hours of the night, this might be the place for you. If you don’t like any amenities in your room, and your electrical outlets to be in boxes outside the wall, run through industrial conduits, you’d probably like staying here.
The price is the same as many genuinely nice and comfortable hotels in the same area, but this hotel is entirely lacking. Admittedly, the staff were fairly friendly, but told us breakfast was available when it wasn’t.
Would I recommend staying here? Only to people I strongly dislike.
We flew direct from the Ace in New Orleans to the Ace in Portland and it’s like we traveled backward in time, and not in a good way. The “I don’t care don’t bother me” attitude from the front desk is off putting to say the least. I found the staff at the Stumptown far more helpful. We stayed in a Superior Deluxe Front room, and outside of the comfort of the bed, the room was anything but superior sans its overall size. Unfortunately, the size includes a lot of wasted space. The bathroom shower is big and great, but the bathroom floor space is way bigger than needed – so much room for activities – with the toilet jammed up against the wall. Even better, the sink is not only outside of the bathroom, it’s on the other side of the room by the bed. With older and reconfigured buildings you only have so many options for layout, but this is as odd as I have ever seen. The room also had an unpleasant musty smell that over the course of four days never went away. I realize this is the first Ace Hotel (or at least one of the firsts), but they should more closely mirror the service level and hospitality of their other properties, while still keeping it distinct. The hotel’s saving grace is its location, but in the end, we should have stayed at a McMenamins.
Ace lives up to his image as a hipster hotel. Funky, eclectic and one of those places that it’s cool to tell people you stayed at but actually not enjoyable to stay at. Rooms are not very functional or comfortable. Rooms had wood floors which is great for your house but desperately needed when you’re staying in a hotel. Temp of the room was a pain. It was freezing despite the fact that I turned the heat up to 83 for most of the afternoon/evening. Finally kicked in at 2 AM in the morning when I woke up in a sweat. Lastly - they did not have any toiletries or any type of parking.
Overall - less than thrilling stay and wouldn’t stay again. There are much more charming, hip and COMFORTABLE hotels like the Hotel Lucia to stay at in Portland.
We took a junior deluxe room for $215 a night. We didn’t know this would only buy us a mattress on the floor. The “platform” was very low and was chipped wood - we could have gotten a splinter. The light in the room was awful and there was only one chair. Definitely not worth the money. The location is good - few blocks from Powell’s, Blue Star Donuts and other shops - however, and we used the parking lot down the street - no problems.
I have stayed at this hotel several times for business and decided to stay again when visiting the area for a long weekend. The rooms I had in the previous two stays were nicely appointed, turntable, records and with a upholstered sofa for relaxing in the room after hours. So for my third visit I booked the same upgraded room that I had booked in the past, but upon arrival the room we got was a nice quiet location off the backside, but that is where the positives ended. The room had uneven floor with half of the room raised one step up with the “bed”, a mattress on the floor in the center of it which made half the room basically unusable for anything other then sleeping. A mattress on the floor is not romantic or inviting for couples, felt like we were squatting in an abandoned house. No comfortable seat or sofa. The bathroom was cut up and spread out throughout the room with the shower right in front of you when you walk into the room, the sink also in the room and the toilet in an alcove next to the bed. We were told that the hotel was fully booked and there were no other rooms. Needless to say we felt that we got a crappy room, management didn’t even offer us any compensation or seemed to care that we were unhappy. Looking forward to our next visit to Portland and staying at the Hoxton.