Hotel Review: Ace Hotel PDX
Portland—a city proud on keeping itself weird, and when it comes to the local selection of restaurants, bars and hipster coffee shops, weird might be the proper adjective—but when it comes to describing Ace Hotel, the adjective to use is simply cool.
Located a block away from the Pearl district in downtown Portland and occupying the old Clyde Hotel building, Ace Hotel sits in the ideal spot for Portland first-timers. Fun boutiques and highly rated restaurants are within walking distance to the hotel including the always-packed Tasty n Alder, which features Southern-Asian-Fusion treats like Bim Bop Bacon & Eggs and Potatoes Bravas with eggs.
Upon arrival to the hotel, we were greeted by the friendly valet who took our bags and gave us a parking pass for the hotel’s private parking lot, a valuable amenity for the hard-to-find parking area of downtown. Walking into the lobby of the Ace, one can’t help but notice the buzz of activity. The common area is always packed with people enjoying a cup of coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, or checking out the vintage photo booth. Right off from the lobby is the hotel’s restaurant, Clyde Common, a farm to table inspired venue evoking San Francisco with craft cocktails and mouthwatering culinary delights.
Though extremely tech-friendly (free WiFi throughout and outlets nearly everywhere for every one of your gadgets), Ace Hotel maintains tradition as seen through its simple room keys – just don’t forget to lock your door when you leave! To get to your room, guests have two options: the elevator (which boasts an embroidered sign exclaiming “if you took the stairs you’d be there by now”) or the stairs which are cleverly marked at each floor (and half floor in case you need reminding of where you are) and decorated with an elaborate mural. The art aesthetic at the hotel is its biggest charm factor. With both local and global artists contributing designs, each room offers a unique theme and quirky feel as if you are staying within the pages of a hipster storybook. All the furniture throughout the hotel has been handpicked from local vintage stores and many rooms
feature a turntable with classic vinyls. I found myself constantly looking at every tiny detail on each wall and around each corner making sure not to miss all the creative touches.
Our room was a superior deluxe back, one of the most spacious rooms at 500 sq ft. making it feel more like an artist’s loft than a hotel room. The living area featured a large desk/workspace with a flatscreen tv and mini-bar curated with local treats like ginger candies and chips and salsa. As a welcome surprise, we were greeted with fresh-baked cookies from a local bakery and a thoughtful note. The living area also featured an entertainment center with auxiliary cable for streaming music off your phone, a large sofa sleeper and turn table with a selection of records which can be exchanged at the large record library at reception. The bedroom featured an incredibly comfortable bed, a second flatscreen and entertainment center, and a small desk. The bedside wall of our room was covered in wallpaper that resembled a hundred vintage polaroids—something I wish I had done in my college dorm room. One thing I immediately noticed in the room was the abundance of outlets
and extension cords, making it possible to keep all my tablets, computers etc. plugged in without a hunt or hassle. The toiletries in the bathroom were Malin+Goetz, a fun and refreshing brand which can be purchased in full size bottles at the front desk. The most brilliant feature of our room was the black towel at the sink labeled “MAKEUP.” Why every hotel on the planet does not provide this eludes me.
Each of Ace Hotel’s 78 rooms offer different amenities from the configurations of the rooms to claw foot tubs and walk-in showers. Eleven of the rooms are “shared” meaning they share private bathrooms with one or two other rooms per floor with locks for privacy. This more affordable option is favored by groups traveling together or families. When booking a room at Ace Hotel, be sure to let them know your preferences so you get a room that best suits all your needs. Room 215 provides a local, organic European-inspired breakfast each morning for guests at only $10 per person. I regretfully missed the breakfast but I have no doubt it was exquisite.
With its clever visual aesthetics, tasty treats and comfortable amenities, it is impossible to miss the cool that is Ace Hotel Portland. The hotel caters to all ages and crowds from creative techies to outdoor adventurers. We had an absolutely wonderful time and I highly recommend Ace Hotel to anyone who wants a place that offers comfort, great food and lots of creative inspiration, with maybe a little bit of weird mixed in.