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“Hip Hip Hooray”
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Ace Hotel Portland
Ranked #60 of 142 Hotels in Portland
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Hip Hip Hooray”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

So hip it hurts. So come here with an open heart. I loved everything about the Ace Hotel. The lobby with a photo booth, old carpeted and painfully slow elevator, long daunting hallways and dormitory (esque) room plastered in concert posters. I loved that we shared a bathroom and used beautiful hair products. I loved the scene around the hotel with the cinema and cinematic vibe and the proximity to Chinatown's edginess. I was obsessed with the comfort of my bed while unsure as to the constant hum in the night. Ironies. This hotel is for those that appreciate purposeful imperfection mixed with perfection. I'm 39.
Now, my 14 year old son thought he would lose it if he saw one more person in rolled up pants. Our generation gap spoke loudly at this location. He couldn't stand all the hipsters, hipness and vintage mixed with luxury. He thought the photobooth was "try hard" and the room too budget. Though he certainly enjoyed the Dutch stroup waffles in the mini bar! If you go to the Ace Hotel, be less of a hipster critique and more of a museum goer. This is really the heart-start of Portland and the culture that my son's generation will rebel against.

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San Francisco, California
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13 reviews
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

The ace is in the ideal location for a portland getaway. While pricey, the room was comfortable albeit sparsely equipped. The staff are effective and the bar restaurant next to the hotel is great. The lobby is a real scene, excellent hipster sightings.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

This is a very cool hotel, tuned to a young, hip sensibility and yet extremely friendly and welcoming to a couple near-senior citizens. Great lobby scene, with a coffeeshop on one side and a restaurant-bar on the other. Rooms on the small side but uniquely decorated, beds good. The vibe borders on the precious, vinyl records and rubber-stamp graphics, but the staff has a great attitude and works hard at making everything easy. The $10 breakfast is a great value: unusual, imaginative, and high-quality. Would not think of staying anywhere else in Portland.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
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58 reviews
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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
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Los Angeles
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27 reviews
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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.

Room Tip: Do not get a room near the elevator or near housekeeping.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
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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
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Pasadena, California
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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
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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 #60 of 142 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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