Ace Hotel Seattle
What We Love
- 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
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.
How to Get There
Like so many other reviewers, I was pretty skeptical about the bathroom situation but due to the numerous reviews suggesting it was a non-issue, we went for it. This hotel was significantly cheaper than anything else we considered and the location was ideal. It was clean and there was never a wait for a bathroom. There was significant street noise on the weekend (not the hotel’s fault, obviously). The staff was friendly. This is not somewhere I’d stay if I planned to spend any time at a hotel - for example, our TV did not work and despite efforts from a staff member, it only played one channel the entire trip. But, it was a clean place to sleep, offered free breakfast in the morning, and we spent all our time sight-seeing, so this hotel ended up being a great bargain.
Great location. You can walk anywhere and plenty of nearby restaurants.
We had one of the rooms that shared a bathroom which was fine, and somewhat reasonably priced. The bathroom was right across from our room and was always open. Small double bed for two people, but we managed.
The bathrooms weren’t that clean, and other patrons did not use bath mats when getting out of the shower so there was a lot of water on the floors, so be careful. There were bath mats available, but no one used them but us.
Breakfast was okay, coffee was extremely strong. Beware... NO ELEVATOR, but they help you with bags.
For our latest trip to Seattle, we decided to try this boutique hotel. The idea of booking a Queen room with shared bath seemed daunting to me, but in fact, it was no problem at all! As reviews mentioned, the line of bathrooms are clean and rarely full (there were always a few available, even in the peak hours of getting ready).
The breakfast room was a nice option and staff were always tidying up, clearing tables, and replenishing items. I loved that you can have your meal anytime until 12pm so you can mosey on down at your leisure. The location is perfect to everything, and it was a nice uphill walk from the terminal (we arrived by ferry). Staff were great and very accommodating, from booking by phone to the housekeeping/breakfast staff.
The only glitch – which was minor but still annoying after a very long travel day – was when the front desk guy said he only had a room with a twin/full bed for my husband and me. I had to insist a few times and referred to the person I booked with by name (I reserved months before). Finally, the guy looks more carefully at the reservation: “Oh, it says here not to move you.” What? Why even move us? It was 8:30pm – I’m not sure whom he was waiting for to offer that room with shared bath. Oh well, other than that (and his absence during his smoke breaks), it was a nice stay.