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
I was leery of the mixed reviews of The Ace Hotel. Some were glowing, some not so much. Swayed by terms hip and trendy I threw caution to the wind and booked it for our last night in Portland. Check in was easy and our room was ready early. The lobby is trendy and I loved the decor, although I think it could be more described as gritty hip. I chose a smaller room since we’d be out sightseeing most of the day and late into the night. Again, I wouldn’t really say it was dirty, but it had dark and gritty feeling. I usually like vintage but I also like light. The main reason that I was not comfortable in this room was the unpleasant musty smell.
I would recommend Ace hotel. The staff were excellent and changed our room so that the kids didn’t have to share a double bed but instead had two twins. Both rooms were comfy and well designed. My only beef was you have to pay for a coffee in your room. However the mini bar and snacks were amazing. Great location. I would stay again.
This is a great place! Lots of attention to details in the clean, beautiful hipster-aethetic rooms. The staff is lovely and extremely helpful and the adjacent restaurants/bar/coffee are just fantastic.
For me though, the reason I will come back is the bed - my back pain is gone!!! The bed in my room was on a wooden platform close to the floor - if you are more senior than I or have worse hip/knee issues(I kinda doubt it, but maybe) you might not be able to manage it, but the mattress us amazing! Have been traveling a while, mostly staying in 3 & 4 star places. Will purchase the same one the Ace has when I get home. How many people say that?