We spent 6 nights at the ACE in late June early July. I read all the reviews on Trip Advisor about the ACE and checked out the photos too. I looked at other hotels at the $200 a night price point and location within Seattle. I chose the ACE due to its price and location. I was not disappointed. I would gladly stay at the ACE again, and in fact I hope I get the chance too. It is a perfect hotel from which to explore Seattle.
Did I mention its great location at the corner of 1st Ave and Wall St.? Well it is perfect as you are right in the middle of Seattle and can walk everywhere. Not to mention that Belltown is a very hip and happening location too, if you are looking for nightlife. We were in Seattle to explore the city and all it had to offer. The ACE was our base camp. We made walking trip to the following places:
Pikes Place Market - easy walk right out the hotel front steps, make a right on 1st Ave and walk - too easy.
Seattle Center - The tower, music experience, etc. Another easy walk. Out the hotel front door and head north and west. North up Wall St. and then West on any of the numbered avenues. Explore them all. 2nd has good shopping and eats. 3rd is the same. etc.
Pioneer Square - Again out the front door and right on 1st Ave, past Pikes Place Market about another mile.
The Water Front and Aquarium - Once again out the front door and right on 1st Ave. Pikes Place Market and the stairs to the water.
The ferry terminals. We made two trips. One to Victoria, BC. The ferry is a 10 min walk from the ACE. Out the side door after a great breakfast (more on that later) make a left and walk down to the water. Go right and the ferry terminal is right there. Victoria BC is a great day trip, but it's a $500 day with the ferry ride ($240), bus and admission to Butchart Gardens ($120), and tea at the Empress ($140). Once in a lifetime trip, so do it if you can. It's fantastic.
The second was to Bremerton to a friend's house for dinner. You could walk or catch the bus to Columbia Ave. Head South on Columbia and the Bremerton Ferry dock is right there. $7.50 for the ride over and the ride back is free. Take the 9PM ferry back in the Summer for a spectacular Sunset and views of Seattle at night.
Ballard Locks - well I wouldn't necessarily recommend walking, but we did kind of by mistake as the tourist map was NOT to scale and I failed to notice the red letters stating the locks were 5 miles from Seattle center!!! We took the bus back for $2.50. They are definately worth seeing and you couls easily spend a day checking out Ballard and the locks.
So, back to a review of the ACE. The room, we had a deluxe, so we had our own bath/shower was exceptionally clean, comfortable, and nice. Those that face 1st Ave might be noisy, but there's only a couple that face that way. Wall St is a little noisy, with vehicle traffic but it didn't bother us. In fact, we enjoyed the "sounds" of the city. We were generally in bed by midnight and pretty worn out from the days adventure, so we slept good every night.
The room was small, but with only two of us no problem. The bed was very comfortable and the linens were crisp and clean. The desk was functional, but really just used it to put things on at the end of the day. The one chair was nice to sit in and ready, put my shoes on, or enjoy a cold beer in. There's a sink in the room - we didn't use it. The bathroom had a shower, sink, and toilet. They were clean and worked well. The shower was a stand up for one with no bath. The shower head was high, about 7-8 feet and the water pressure was a little on the low side, but the water was hot! The ACE provides body wash, shampoo, and conditioner - all in the shower. The toilet was good - no issues. The sink was small but functional and had a nice mirror above it.
The main room had a large window with a roll down shade and window air conditioner. The shade and ac worked good.
Security. The room had a good lock on it as well as a deadbolt from the inside. The hotel front door is locked at midnight, but each guest room key ring also has a key for the front door for those late night partiers.
Breakfast. Make your own waffles, two types of very good granola, low fat milk, soy milk, juice, coffee, fruit, toast, and yogurt. Great start to the day. The breakfast room is on the first floor. The hotel guest rooms are on the second and third floor.
The staff. Front desk staff was friendly and willing to help. The front desk guy carried my friends luggage down the stairs for her when we left, which was nice. It's about 20 steps or so. The breakfast staff and rooms staff were always friendly and always had a nice greeting as well as willing to help in any way.
I have stayed at every type of hotel from no starts to 5 starts. The ACE is one I would go back to and strongly recommend if you are going to Seattle and want to see the sights. The price and location just can't be beat.
We stayed in room 23 on the second floor facing Wall St and it was fine.
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