Central location in the heart of Belltown, walking distance to the Space Needle, Pike Place Market and Downtown
Original artworks by local artists in the public spaces and guestrooms, plus statement pieces by KAWS and Shepard Fairey
Free WiFi and continental breakfast
What To Know
Ace’s signature style is frill-free but full of personality and thoughtful local touches
No en-suite bathrooms in Standard Rooms, but the shared ones are well-appointed and private upon entry
Guestrooms overlook Wall Street, First Avenue or the internal courtyard
Parking on site
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The original Ace Hotel with the brand’s signature vintage look, original artworks and free breakfast
In the heart of Seattle’s Belltown ‘hood, the Ace Hotel opened in a maritime workers’ hotel in 1999 — the original of the now seven-strong hotel chain beloved by travelers with big style but low budgets. Many of the design elements synonymous with Ace today originated in this century-old building — the preserved hardwood floors, repurposed furniture, whitewashed brick walls, loft ceilings, original artwork and more. The lobby, which was designed in partnership with local Seattle designer Eric Hentz, has minimalist bones but homey accents like the oversized display cabinet and chunky communal table, as well as a distinctive mural of Washington state’s Mount Shuksan behind the check-in desk. On the second floor, guestrooms serve as stylish crash pads, with full, queen or king beds, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and an eclectic mix of art. Standard rooms have sinks and vanities only, but share the spacious communal bathrooms, all of which are private upon entry. For an en-suite bathroom, plump for a Deluxe Room, some of which have water views. There’s no restaurant, but a free continental breakfast is served in the cafeteria-style Breakfast Room, and includes yogurt, granola, Stumptown coffee and a DIY waffle station. Don’t miss a trip to Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market and Olympic Sculpture Park (both within walking distance) and ask the young, local staff for dining and drinking recommendations in and around busy Belltown.
In the Area
Reach the 50-year-old Space Needle by strolling through Belltown; the Frank Gehry-designed Experience Music Project at the Needle’s feet is considerably newer. Hop the streetcar to explore the rapidly growing South Lake Union neighborhood, where float planes take off from the water and the just-opened Museum of History and Industry shows off a working periscope and Seattle’s most famous beer sign. Downtown, cocktail culture is worshiped at Michael Mina’s design-heavy RN74, while hometown hot shot Tom Douglas praises meat from land and sea at Seatown Seabar. Fish still fly at Pike Place Market, but a few blocks away there’s something new: the Seattle Great Wheel, on the waterfront, whose cabins — including a VIP car with a glass floor — hover over the dark water of Elliott Bay.