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
The good: Location, decor, staff, Stumptown, dog friendly, affordable. The bad: the shower was FILTHY. If I can attach pictures I will. you'd be better off with a sponge bath (outside the shower) or bring flip flops. I kid you not, this is what I'd expect in a freshman dorm, not a 3 star hotel. What other filth is there that's not visible? I cannot get past it.
Also, the beds in our room were against the wall (the room was too small to have 2 beds with space on both sides) -- after the shower bit, even the walls were skeevy to me
My husband and I stayed because I figured ... when in PDX ...
- First and foremost, the excellent Stumptown downstairs. It was great to wake up, be able to pick up a superb coffee, and head back upstairs to do some morning reading in bed ... all without leaving the hotel
- Great location. Tons of good dining nearby (Tasty n Alder, Bistro Agnes, Blue Star Donuts) + walkable to the Saturday Market, Voodoo Donuts, and the river
- Lovely & tasty welcome snacks
- Friendly front desk staff
- Great bar (Clyde Common)
- Reasonably priced for the location
- Extremely uncomfortable bed. My back hurt for a day after we left
- Minimalist rooms (i.e., no rugs, very basic bathroom fixtures in room) leaves the room feeling a bit cold
- Loud crowd. As you might expect from a hotel that attracts a younger crowd, the guests were noisier. Most nights, the guests next to or above us were playing music or clomping around the floor at all hours
I don't regret staying at the Ace, but I'd probably choose a different boutique or luxury hotel for my next stay in Portland.
Stayed here 9 years ago and again this month. Cool and hip hotel, friendly stuff, clean room. Lots of young people around. We had breakfast they offered which was very good. Not noisy at all. Allows dogs.
I booked a super last minute trip to Portland, and thankfully managed to snag a couple rooms at the Ace Hotel for the weekend. Night 1: booked a triple bunk room for just myself (was the only room type left), would've been perfect for friends; Night 2: booked a queen room - neither rooms had a toilet, just a small sink, so I used the communal washroom.
Overall, really enjoyed my stay, it struck me as an upgraded hostel meets hip hotel.
- Perfect area to stay in (Pearl District), steps away from Powell's Bookstore, tons of cute stores and shopping, along with Blue Star Donuts, and a couple of great brunch places.
- Super cute hipster decor - rooms had unique artwork, blankets, etc. and the hotel was charming (but in an old building)
- The best robes - so comfy and cute
- The best snacks - along with a complimentary little dish of bakery goods that were waiting in the room, the mini bar snacks were all so unique and delicious looking I wanted to eat all of them
- Super comfy bed
- LOVED the peppermint shampoo and eucalyptus body wash in the shower.
- Stumpton coffee was connected to the lobby, such a great feature
- I didn't see (or ask) any hotel parking, so I parked across the street in an uncovered lot for $30 a day
- I stayed in rooms without a toilet, I'm kind of a diva sometimes so this part wasn't ideal (the first morning I wanted to shower and had to venture around to find an empty bathroom, the second morning I woke up early and had no issues waiting for a washroom).
- It's an older building, so the stairs are creaky and loud, hallways were loud, elevator was slow, and there was an odd scent in the rooms. Not a big deal, but it's not a brand new, modern hotel
Honestly the no bathroom was the worst part about it (but again, diva); though I think you can book rooms that include it. I just found it a bit pricey to not have a bathroom in your room.
Otherwise, highly recommend!
Stayed here for 3 nights in a standard room with a tub. Great, central location with the bonus of a Stumptown attached to the lobby (but don't get lazy and only get your coffee from downstairs).
I had asked the hotel to arrange a birthday surprise (donuts from Blue Star and a 6 pack of local craft beer) in the room for my boyfriend upon arrival which they did and added a handmade card, which was a lovely touch.
My only real complaint is that our room was noisy (rm 323)- we suspect that we may have been beside the building's a/c vent or above the kitchen's hood fan. We probably could've asked to switch rooms but we didn't.
The bed was absolute heaven- probably the comfiest bed I have ever slept in while in a hotel. While the room is small, it's pretty functional and cozy. The decor definitely errs on the side of unique and hipster, as with all Ace Hotels.
Parking at the Ace isn't cheap and they will give you a few other lot options in the area, which we did. $20 in the other lots vs. $34 at theirs. In all, a nice stay. I'd definitely go back