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
Really enjoyable stay. Staff all very friendly and helpful. Hotel is attached to coffee shop and restaurant/bar. Sofa's in communal area always had people about, which makes place very welcoming. The room decor tries a little too hard to be hip (decor, low bed, fixtures) but room was big, clean and came with a robe. Couldn't ask for more and would stay here again if visiting Portland.
Firstly this hotel is way cool. Set in an historic building the finishings and furnishings are just exquisite. So incredibly stylish. Rooms are a little small but had everything you need. Location is great too. I could see Powell's Books from my room. Plus Stumptown coffee is basically part of the hotel.
What an interesting hotel!! We loved it.
Definitely different, but well appointed room (we were upgraded to a suite),.
Our room was spacious and well presented. Lots of interesting fittings and furnishings, including a freestanding claw foot bath. The complimentary cookies were a nice touch.
Very comfortable bed and hotel seemed to be in a quiet neighbourhood. We slept well.
The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant but there is a coffee shop on one side and a cafe on the other - both have direct access from the lobby.