In summary: a place with the vibe that probably attracted you to visit Portland in the first place, fantastic location with plenty nearby and very central to everything in Portland, yes it is a bit expensive, but I was happy with my stay. I was worried it could be too cool, or that it would turn out to be a dumpy place trading on a cool vibe, but I felt very comfortable and enjoyed it.
I was travelling by myself, and so wanted something central and reasonably comfortable. I had read about the Ace, but did worry it might turn out to be more battered than hip (or that it would be too cool for school). But I had a great stay! I found the staff at the front desk very welcoming on arrival and very helpful about storing my bags on my last day. I loved the local artisan breakfast spread available on the second floor for $10 - a European style spread with pastries, yogurt with various toppings (dried fruits and amazingly delicious granola), a selection of cheese and charcuterie (the Olympic Provisions salami is delicious), juice, tea and coffee, and the New York Times to read. I also ate at Clyde Common a few times - their staff were so cool as to be a bit useless really, but the happy hour has great cheap cocktails and eats. Slightly disappointed with Stumptown Coffee off the other side of the lobby, but being a Melbournian, I have high coffee expectations! I had room 427 - after asking for a room that was both quiet and with good natural light. I am not sure if it is because it was an upper floor, but I found the room to be very quiet, although occasionally other guests slammed their doors quite hard. The room was comfortable, although you should note that the sink is in the room (not the bathroom), I had a shower over bath and the bath would not hold water for an actual bath (leaky plug). I was a bit worried about the futon bed, but I found it reasonably comfortable (not too hard or too low), but a better selection of pillows would have been good. I liked all the amenities available - the magazines, the mini-bar, good cable tv, nice toiletries. Wifi worked fine in my room, but I had some troubles with it on the mezzanine (a good place to hang out and do some work or use the mac computer, but the internet on the mac is slooow). The location is great, just a block to Powell's, very close to food truck pods, cinema right across the street, good public transit nearby. I liked the photo booth in the lobby! Complaints about the elevator seem unfounded to me - maybe I just have always lived or worked in buildings with slow elevators, but it wasn't a problem. I was by myself, and felt fine walking around Portland at night, including around the hotel.
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- A friendly, urbanized version of the welcoming country inn along a country lane. ... more less
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