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“Funky Hotel in downtown Portland” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ace Hotel Portland

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Ace Hotel Portland
Ranked #63 of 138 Hotels in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
58 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Funky Hotel in downtown Portland”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

Spent 2 nights at the Ace Hotel in Portland and really enjoyed it. It is quite different to the hotels I am used to staying in, but glad we tried it and would happily go back. Staff were very friendly and always made us feel welcome. They also had some good recommendations for places close by to eat and drink.

We shared a Standard Front Double room with another couple for the 2 nights. We had 2 double beds (facing each other rather than next to each other which I think was better). The beds were extremely comfortable and we were not bothered with any noise. There was a door that covered the window completely like blackout curtains would - perfect for a good night sleep.

There was a basin in the room (outside of the bathroom) which made it easier for getting ready when someone was in the bathroom. The bathroom was my only complaint - the wooden door did not shut completely, and noise travelled straight from the bathroom, so you could not shower without waking everyone up.

The location of the hotel was excellent. Portland is a very easy city to walk and we left our car in the parking lot for our whole stay. There are so many great cafes and bars in the area, we loved the food and craft beer/cider. Lots of great cocktails as well!

Voodoo Doughnuts is definitely a must in Portland, but beware the line ups are long. We went to the one outside of town and only had to wait a few minutes.

Overall, I enjoyed the Ace Hotel, even though it is so different to hotels we usually stay in and would stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles
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27 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

This hotel is in a great location -- close to Powell's Bookstore, Lardo and even a Whole Foods. The only real downside -- the one that will prevent return visits -- is how long the water took to warm up. We called the Front Desk and we were told the water just takes some time getting to the third floor. We eventually took a nice shower, but it wasn't the best experience. Also, the coffee house next door has great coffee too, but you'll have to be willing to stand in line and wait for it. That said, we were glad we visited this hipster hotel, but will not be returning.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SoTravelHappy
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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

We LOVE the Ace. We have two tween kids, and they love the hipster vibe. The beds are super-comfortable and the service is good. The corner rooms are great for families - there is a king-sized bed for the parents and two unusually comfortable couches that the staff makes up as beds, which are perfect for the kids. Stumptown coffee downstairs is fantastic and they will give you coffee in a ceramic cup to take to your room - or deliver a thermos to you in the morning. The hotel has a great lobby that is good for hanging out, and a very cool mezzanine area that is also good for just hanging out. I got up earlier than the rest of the family and took my coffee to the mezzanine to read the paper - really great common areas that are truly usable. The breakfast is wonderful and a good value for $10. Cheeses, meats, fish, nuts, oatmeal, fruit, coffee. Perfect. We will be back on every trip to Portland; I can't imagine finding a better place.

Room Tip: Large corner rooms are perfect for families.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Laura B
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Pasadena, California
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81 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

My hubby and I have stayed at the Ace in NY, Palm Springs, and Seattle. We love the Seattle location best because they don't seem to nickel and dime you, and you get a great free breakfast buffet with these cool waffles.
At this Portland location we stayed in a corner room with a view which was nice. However, it was the most we've ever paid for an Ace, and I could not help but feeling a bit ripped off that there was a really weak breakfast offering setup and it was $10 a pop. Also, the room we stayed in had a separate living room / bedroom, but all the light switches were at the front door. So, if you wanted to to turn on the light over the tub in the bathroom, you had to walk 20' to the front door to turn it on. Gah. Little irritating stuff like that.
The good things: In a very central area to walk North into the heart of the Pearl district, the staff are wonderful (very helpful, friendly). The restaurant / bar downstairs- Clyde Common- had a great atmostphere, drinks, and food. It's a nice 3.5 mile run from the hotel to the river loop and back. Hip, urban crowd.

Room Tip: If you get a room on the back you'll look at a brick wall. If you get a room on the front, you...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank fmjmclark
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Houston, Texas, United States
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33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

Thanks to the US rail network, we arrived later than expected at the Ace on a Thursday evening. We walked into a lobby that had touches of industrial practicality and Pacific Northwest homey-ness. Our reservation was for a "Superior Deluxe-Back" meaning a king bed room on the backside of the building. They upgraded us to a bigger space on the front side of the building, which worried us for its potential for street noise. Our only issue with that noise occurred that evening when the recycle truck came for the bottles from the bars below. That was our ONLY negative for the entire stay.

As it is, when we walked in, my wife remarked, "I could live here." We liked the comfortable furniture and especially the bed. At home, we sleep on one of the Ace's signature organic mattresses. (When we stayed at the Palm Springs Ace, we loved our bed so much that I enquired as to the make of the mattress.)

I also appreciate the Ace's commitment to making more sustainable choices for interior design. It is important to me to see things being brought back into use rather than sent to a landfill or languishing in a warehouse. I liked the "knocked-together" quality of the side tables and desks. The stack of out-of-date reference books that served as my nightstand was perfect. I thought the whole room was very thoughtfully put together. A huge sliding door lets the guest open up or close the bath/shower area as they see fit. The blinds work from the bottom of the window up, so that you may have maximum privacy during your stay with plenty of natural light. The sound system for the room was phenomenal. We almost never listen to radio at home, but the station that was dialed in was a free-format classical station that played great non-standard classical. The toiletries were Malin+Goetz, which we also use at home. I didn't once have the urge to turn on the television during our stay which says a lot. There were many small touches which just added up to a phenomenal experience. The mural in the top of the stairwell and the Oregon-centric breakfast spread were standouts.

The location of the hotel in the Pearl District means that the lodger has easy access to some really fantastic dining and shopping. We ate at Lardo (review coming) and Grüner, both just around the corner. And for my early morning wake-up, I headed down to the Stumptown coffee off the lobby. Powell's Books is only a block away, and the Living Room Theatre is across the street for your arthouse film fix. If Stumptown isn't your bag, Courier Coffee a block away does a nice job as well. For a sweet tooth, I recommend Ruby Jewel's Ice Cream or Blue Star Donuts, depending on the time of day.

Pros:
Convenient location near downtown PDX
Good food
Great room with good sustainable design
Cool soundsystem
Photobooth in lobby
Stumptown in lobby
Compelling art
Comfort
A unique experience that beats a chain hotel for me anyday

Cons:
4AM bottle recycling on Friday morning.

I would stay here again and again and again. It is my kind of place.

Room Tip: Back rooms are going to face a wall most likely. They will likely be more quiet however. Front rooms...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Patrick P
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Idaho
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

We wanted to like Ace, even love it; we'd read about the Ace in NYC and we wanted to try the one in Portland. The room felt like a rustic dorm room. We actually nailed together desks like the ones in our room when we were grad students--a plank supported by 2 x 2's. Our view was a brick wall right outside the window. More attention to design, the rustic industrial vintage vibe, would be helpful. Right now, it feels like "finds" from the Dollar Store and garage sales with diy's thrown in. This is not a place for aging in place -- you must step up to the bathroom, no grab bars in the deep tub/shower (you will need to use the step stool to get out of the tub. You cannot turn on a light in the bathroom; you have to go to the front entry door and use that switch. weirdness. Not so clean wool blanket, very hard mattress, more like a futon mattress. Very old elevator. We took the stairs.

We liked the industrial vibe in the lounge area downstairs; the restaurant next door, Clyde Commons, is sensational. The coffee is divine at the coffee place next door and attached to Ace. Ace is well located in downtown Portland.

If the price were lower (we paid $189/night) to match the hotel room surroundings and amenities, we'd say you get what you pay for. But the price is too high for these accomodations, even in the summer when most hotels raise their prices.

Really, we wanted to love this place. But we'll return to the hotel we usually stay at when their prices return to off-season rates.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
25 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

Near to food trucks, shopping, and central to the rest of downtown PDX, the Ace hotel is a boutique hotel near the creative and diverse Pearl district.

Themed rooms and suites provide a unique hotel experience, with options ranging from classic, to more outgoing styles. Smaller rooms require to use of shared showers, and water closets, but suites come complete with private bathrooms.

My room included a large king sized bed, and sectional sofa that could easily sleep two. There was also a television, refrigerator, and record player. The space was divided by a large table, which provided an excellent work area. Wifi comes with the room.

The bathroom had an interesting design, with two large sliding doors on either wall, allowing entry on two sides. When open, the panel closest to the claw foot bathtub, with shower, allows it to be visible from the entire room. When closed it provided privacy for washing, and use of the toilet, but is not sound proof, so if you like to sing in the shower, don't expect it to go unheard.

The lobby area has couches and chairs for lounging, plus a well used photbooth. One floor up, a library area, complete with large table and book lined shelves provides a lovely spot to sit and enjoy company. Stumptown Coffee is conveniently located next to the hotel, with access from both the lobby, and outside as well. Likewise, the restaurant/bar has direct access from the hotel, and is open late.

The Ace is pet friendly, which is a huge plus. A welcome package for pet owners includes maps to nearby parks, and treats.

Parking comes at an additional expense, and is not provided by the hotel. There are however, many overnight lots in the immediate area. Between transit, and the diminutive size of the cities centre, you can easily do without a vehicle, so feel free to find a spot, and forget about the car until you leave.

If you have the budget to stay in something special, and wish to experience the quirky side of Portland life, you can't do better than the Ace.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Cupcakedujour
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Property: Ace Hotel Portland
Address: 1022 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205-2610
Location: United States > Oregon > Portland > Downtown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #63 of 138 Hotels in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Ace Hotel Portland 3*
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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