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“A little pricey for the facilities, great location” 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
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“A little pricey for the facilities, great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I've stayed at the Ace in both London and New York and although the Portland location is nice, it's not quite as good as either of them. The hipster boutique styles of the Ace work nicely in other locations but Portland just seemed a bit confused. The room was fine, however the bed could have been a little more comfy. Lack of closet space wasn't a problem because I tend to live out of the suitcase, but for those that like to 'move in' when they get to a hotel, beware, there wasn't any space for clothes. Overall, it's a nice place but price wise some might require a little more for their money.

Location wise, it's great, and with Stumptown coffee on site, a great bar, the excellent Kenny & Zuke's diner right on the corner and a 2 minute walk to all the food carts on Alder, you're more than sorted for what you need once out of the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

On route to a wedding in Hood River Oregon, we decided to spend a couple of days touring Portland. The Ace hotel is a 'must stay ' to begin immersing yourself in the ' hip ' culture this city is known for. This old hotel, redone takes you back in time. The staff are super friendly and accommodating. Each room is completely different in decor and layout. The room I stayed in had old newspaper as wallpaper on one wall and corner sink in the main room, not in the bathroom. a futon style bed was surprisingly comfortable. All soaps are locally made.
Their are complimentary cruiser bikes in the lobby, so you can tour the city by bike. Highly recommend this! The lobby is connected to one of Portland's best coffee shops, Stumptown roasters. Their is a huge sectional couch seating area where you can sip your caffeinated drink of choice while reading the paper, catching up on emails or just chatting with other guests or locals. The record player and vinyl selection fills the room with old favourites! A really warm place to stay!!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A touch of emperors new clothes about this one. Was quoted $275 dollars per night the final bill was $339 (tax and parking). No coffee machine and breakfast additional $10. Staff were nice enough, however worst value hotel of my trip.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

From the moment we walked in the front door this hotel had a good vibe to it. The door staff and reception are all very welcoming. The lobby has monster couches, a huge coffee table and a photo booth. Very cool. A loft style computer area is in view of the lobby providing a laptop for use and free wifi. This historic hotel has kept true to its roots and ramped it up by going hipster. The rooms are simplistic with funky art painted on the walls and are super clean and very sound proof. The Stumptown coffee shop adjoining is a great place to start the day and the Clyde Common Bar next door is a fantastic spot for a late night (or early evening) drink. The hotel is located within easy walking distance of the waterfront, Voodoo Donuts, the Food Carts, Chinatown and Powells Book Store is on the next block. Parking was not available but a safe, secure location was recommended only two blocks down. On our third day my son rented a bike from the lobby and cruised the city. This was a fantastic find and we will definitley stay here next time we are in town.

Room Tip: Slept in a room at the front of the hotel on the second floor and it was very quiet. New windows blo...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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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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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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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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