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
upon hearing I'd reserved at the ace, three random friends warned me I wasn't going to like it; one told me she'd known several people who'd checked in and immediately check ed out out when seeing the rooms. another, contacted me on Facebook, warning me the ace is "shabby" and not like the other aces.
we were in Seattle for the first hometown Pearl Jam concert in five years, so the city was crawling with fans and rooms were hard to get and expensive--$700 and rising for average chain hotels. I'd scored two nights at the ace for under $300 and asked to be on the waiting list for two more. (two nights before our arrival, they called to let me know I'd worked my way to the top of the list and a room was mine if I wanted it.)
our first two nights were spent in a deluxe room, more expensive than the others, but with a private bath. it was small, had no windows and reeked of mildew, but somehow I didn't hate it. in fact, there were several design details I loved: the glass headboard that was actually the shower wall, and the door to the airshaft that had been turned into a sweet little sitting room.
on our third night, we were moved to a standard room, on a corner in the front of the hotel. it had no ac and no bathroom. in order to keep from burning up during the unseasonably hot weather, we had to keep the shades up, which made undressing privately difficult.
all that said, the staff was warm and welcoming, the location was amazing and I found lots of little details to love. need cold water? there's a dispenser in the lobby. need a gift? there's lots of clever items also in the lobby. hungry? breakfast is free. and pretty great.
bored? head to the nearby park, to pike market (don't miss the fresh greek yogurt stand), or shopping (baby, barney's and Saksofffifth are just blocks away).
It is possible I was so thrilled to have a place to stay, I ignored some of the ace's flaws, but it is equally possible, the place's charm outweighed those flaws. I'm not sure. but, I would definitely stay again.
I was a little worry I didn’t know what to expected. Once I was given the Option of a room with a share bathroom or my own bathroom. 😳
My own bathroom please. This hotel was so cute and clean. The staff very friendly and the atmosphere very chilled. The location was great I walked to some of the Attractions.
My room was very clean, bare bones but old Skool with a splash of personality.
You get everything you need and a candle and matches which was so nice to see.
Breakfast is serve yourself style in the kitchen downstairs which was nice and cozy.
This is a great backpacker hotel and for those who enjoy glamping. The front doors close at midnight but you get a key .
You might see someone strolling the halls in their robe because some of the rooms have to share the washroom and shower which I heard were very clean.
It’s like one big cottage . I went downstairs in my robe and pjs to make some tea.
Enjoyed our stay at this boutique style hotel . Staff very friendly and helpful , great location, spotlessly clean, continental style breakfast which was adequate. The room was air conditioned as was hot whilst there. Separate bathrooms but close to our room, no lifts and flights of stairs to negotiate. Would stay here again.
We really enjoyed staying at this hotel (after we were able to move into a room with AC). The location was great, the staff was very nice and provided information on places to go, where to park, etc. We happened to be there during one of the hottest weeks on record, so being without AC was a problem.
We had a great stay at the Ace Hotel! The sraff was incredibly friendly and helpful. We stayed in a single room without a bathroom. I was initially nervous about communal bathrooms however I was very pleased! They were super clean and we had several right outide our room. Our room was very small with a full bed but it had all the essentials and was clean. The bed was also super comfy! The hotel is in a great location located near many restaurants/bars and Pike's Market. Highly recommend!!