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“Hip hotel in a hip city” 4 of 5 stars
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Ace Hotel Portland
1022 SW Stark Street, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #58 of 133 Hotels in Portland
London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
“Hip hotel in a hip city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This hotel has a good vibe as has the city of a Portland. The hotel is pretty cool and quirky we had a suite on the 4th floor. The room was good rather than great, it was 90 degrees when we were there and that really tested the (old) air con system. Did not eat breakfast there but did have coffee and the coffee bar, and drinks at the bat, all very good. If you are looking for a Hip / Quirky hotel in Portland then the Ace is the place to book.

Room Tip: Get a room where you are not sharing bathroom facilities
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Loved this hotel, despite myself!

I know, I know — the much-copied Ace style has become a cliche at this point, but it's so well done, beautiful and nicely thought out... you have to give them credit for applying a reverent eye and careful design touches to the old downtown Clyde SRO that so memorably appeared in "Drugstore Cowboy," as the home for the "most notorious dope fiend on the coast" Father Tom Murphy, played by William Burroughs. The attention to detail at this American gothic/goth/rusticana will inspire design aficionados, noob or no.

Yep, now it's thickly populated by all those so-called hipsters (they throng the lobby and the attached Stumptown Coffee at all hours — no joke) and art/design fiends, and the beds may be a mite too firm for some, but don't let that get you down. I was charmed through and through, by the artwork on the walls, the cute old-school-SRO sink in the bedroom (inconvenient if one of you is an earlier riser than the other, but who cares), the clawfoot tub, the weathered grunge-era-esque bathrobes, the fact you can borrow a record player from downstairs, the house music pumping early Sunday morning in the lobby, the shadowy, dark-wood mezzanine work area, the (MALIN+GOETZ) toiletries, the almost shockingly pleasant and helpful staffers and front deskies, etc. Our room faced the back so there was no view but I suspect the front-facing rooms weren't very noisy either.

All that said, the attached restaurant Clyde Commons is not quite all it's cracked up to be, foodwise, but whoa, DEFINITELY pony up $12 for the guests-only breakfast on the second floor. It's so delicious and worth it — complete with delectable smoked trout with creme fraiche and capers, fresh baked goods from the boutique bakery across Stark, wonderful oatmeal, and superfresh, local, yummy berries, preserves, honey, cherries, and pickles.

Plus, the location of the hotel — so close to Powell's Books, Tender Loving Empire, Boxer Ramen, an art-house cineplex, food trucks, and so many other great boutiques and eateries — makes this THE place to stay in Portland. (Another tip: wait for as long as you can to book — prices drop closer to your date, if there are vacancies.)

"I have nowhere else to go," as Burroughs, aka Father Tom Murphy, intones. Or if you'd rather, to quote Portland's Nike, just do it!

Room Tip: Stayed in back-facing room so you won't get view (just of a brick wall) but it's very quiet...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York, NY
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This boutique hotel is located in the Pearl District neighborhood of Portland, not far from the Powell Bookstore nor from the fabulous Chinese Garden. This is a cool and hip hotel, with friendly and very good-looking staff. The lobby looks great, with a large coffee table and vintage chairs and comfortable sofas all around. There is a coffee bar next to the lobby.

The room my partner and I stayed in was cosy, clean and beautifully designed, with an amazing white tiled bathroom (no bathtub, but with a large shower area). The hotel restaurant where we had lunch one day serves superb food. Our stay at the Ace hotel contributed to making our stay in Portland memorable. One of the best hotels we ever stayed at.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Worth, Texas
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a hippster place for sure and it feels like Portland..indie, quirky, hip, resourceful. innovative, and green (in the enviromentaly conscious sense). You feel this from the moment you walk into the lobby and it is reflected throughout the rooms, elevator, and restaurant. The rooms are really cool (9 types to choose from) and indie hip with odd but whimsical "murals" on the walls, mid century and retro (or other period) furniture, low beds, clawfoot tubs, books, recycled and refurbished lamps, shelves, tables, chairs etc...some rooms have record players and hardwood floors..most have mini bars stocked with locally procured items. Some rooms are more quiet than others (street facing can be noisy) and you can choose this at booking.

The location of the hotel is perfect.. right at the juncture of downtown, the pearl district, and northwest district. There are dozens of restaurants, bars, food carts, and shops within a few block radius of the hotel including Powell's Books which is a block down. Parking for the hotel is done on the street or at a parking lot nearby and there is very easy access to the 405 expressway.

We did not eat at the hotel's restaurant Clyde Common (wish we would have) as we arrived to late but it is very popular and one of the best in Portland and beneath Clyde is the Pepe Le Moko zinc bar...super cool!. We did however eat breakfast at the attached deli Kenny and Zukes. I had the Breakfast Dog with eggs, bacon and cheddar, and hash...really, really good!
There is also a Stumptown Coffee attached to the hotel and lots of food carts nearby.

We also stayed at The Nines hotel downtown for 3 nights on arrival in Portland and though it is a great hotel in it's own way ...very sleek, modern, and sterile. The Ace is real Portland earthy, retro, and urban hip. If I am completely honest with myself I prefer The Ace in all it's cool vibe quirkiness and I really look forward to staying here again.

Room Tip: All rooms are really cool, some more quiet than others which you can choose at booking. Street views...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Lovely staff, very warm service. Really like the deco from lobby to room.... no the usual kind of a standard hotel. Very comfy and cannot ask for more. First time stayed in a shared room, meaning bathroom and toilet facilities is shared; not too bad at least its neat and tidy! I don't mind to stay here again!

Room Tip: Don't go for a shared room type if you are psychologically prepared...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pasadena, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We had a great stay at the Ace Portland - the Staff couldn't have been more kind and accommodating. We alerted the hotel in advance that our weekend was our daughter's graduation, and they were so prepared! A kind note in our room from the staff was a first rate touch. We will be back! Thank you again, Ace!

Chuck

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manhattan Beach, California
Top Contributor
270 reviews 270 reviews
38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

At first I thought I was arriving to a hostel... I couldn't have been more wrong. The boys at the front desk all awesome. The front door..l well everyone has been a big help. It is very moderately priced for what it is. And it is off the charts in cool, but not fussy factor.

I stayed in the big-corner room which was comfortable and in the cones of silence compared to my first room on my first stay (on the second floor). I went for the private en suite room as well. Sharing a shower room is not my thing. To cap it off each morning is a hedonistic coffee place, Stumptown Coffee,

Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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Address: 1022 SW Stark Street, Portland, OR 97205
Location: United States > Oregon > Portland > Downtown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #58 of 133 Hotels in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 79
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A friendly, urbanized version of the welcoming country inn along a country lane. ... more   less 
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