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“Ace Not Quite "The Place" in Seattle” 4 of 5 stars
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Ace Hotel
Ranked #51 of 101 Hotels in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
New York, NY
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20 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Ace Not Quite "The Place" in Seattle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Staying at the first Ace hotel might one day have the valence of visiting the first Starbucks in Seattle or making a pilgrimage to the first KFC in Corbin, Kentucky. In that case, the experience itself wouldn't matter as much as the point itself. Ace isn't there quite yet, so they better provide an experience worthy of my money.

If your experience with Ace is limited to hanging in the lobby of the one in NYC, you should be warned to expect something very different. Obviously, Ace started with much more modest roots. The hotel is on the second floor of a small, utilitarian commercial building in a semi-hip neighborhood near downtown Seattle. It has no lobby or hang out space to speak of, which to me is sorta half the point of the Ace. Prices are a bit steep for what you get, and they need to replace some of their pilled sheets.

On the upside, the hotel itself is a designers dream, as one would expect. We had a great room with partial Sound views, exposed brick, and a cool wood panel wall. The bathroom was also gorgeous. It's a fine place for what it is -- cool and quiet, not the center of attention in the manner of Ace NYC.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Judd S
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Chicago, Illinois
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119 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

I stayed at the Ace Hotel for work and overall I think it is a good place and would stay there again but not everybody would like it. The hotel is decor is somewhat IKEA sheik but if you are into contemporary boutique hotels you will like this place. The location is great and I could walk everywhere I wanted to go and there are more than enough places to eat and drink in the area. I did not get a chance to do much sight seeing but the Public Market, Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and downtown are an easy 1/2 mile walk.

Pros are The staff was more than friendly, the bed was very comfortable, and everything was clean. Continental breakfast was included and the Ace is located in the middle of just about anything you would want to do in Seattle. It was also affordable at $99/night. Street parking is metered except for Sunday and there is a public lot that is available to park in. The Cyclops tavern is in the same building and was a great place to grab a beer and get lunch.

Cons are I stayed in a inexpensive room on the courtyard which shares shower facilities with other guests, and I admit it was a bit weird for me. It is like sharing a bathroom at home so bring flip flops. If you really don't want to do this there are larger rooms with private showers available too for around $60 more per night. The room was also a bit small but I mostly just slept there. The only other con was on Friday night it was a bit noisy as the building is old and if you ever lived in an old apartment building with hardwood you know what I mean. It was never really loud but if you are easily awakened then stay at the Marriott instead.

Room Tip: stay on the upper floor on the back side of the building as I suspect it will be quieter. Plus you w...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 Thank Dave S
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

My boyfriend and I choose to stay in Ace for a four days visiting in Seattle. We stayed in the shared washroom suite which doesn't bother us at all. The shower room is clean and always with nice music. Our room is not big but it's comfortable and cozy. The hotel said they gave us a more quiet room that the window is not facing the main street (1st Ave) but Wall street. But still you need ear plugs if you're sensitive to noise (they provide ear plugs in the room). Simple breakfast is nice. We didn't mind to go out and try other breakfasts in the town anyway.
The thing I love about the hotel is the look of it, no extra decorations. The neighborhood is very fun with many choices of bars and restaurants. A walkable distance to Pike Market and Downtown. Staffs at the front desk are nice.
The only one thing that bothers me more is that it is in an older building so the soundproof is not the best. Our room is very closed to the downstair restaurant's kitchen so we could hear their music sometimes. We didn't do it but if noises from downstair bother you, you could call the front desk.

Room Tip: Always try to ask for a quieter room. Bring slippers if you choose to stay in the shared washroom s...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Chloe_Liu_hc
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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39 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Ace Hotel in Seattle is, in comparison to the one in NYC, very small and very bright. But still, very modern, tasteful and with a very helpful staff. I stayed in a double (w/ our own bathroom) with my mother. The room (121) was facing the water and had a TV, couch, desk + chair and a queen size bed. Since I am not one to hang out in the hotel room when traveling, I was pleased with my stay! The bed was really comfortable, the room clean and there was a snack bar if we had the munchies. A bonus also for coffee and tea that is always available in the breakfast room.

Breakfast was definitely OK, but I am Swedish which means I am used to more savory stuff. Here, it consists of a belgian waffle with maple syrup, sweet yogurt, bread, granola, fruit, coffee/tea. Simple but tasty, although we chose to have breakfast out of the hotel two of our three mornings.

Location wise it is very close to downtown and the space needle, but if you like the more vivid nightlife aspect of Capitol Hill, I advice you find a hotel around there. Having said that, I do think that Belltown is up-and-coming and I would definitely recommend the hotel to friends.

Room Tip: I read the rooms towards the street (above the bar) are noisier. We had one facing the backside (= t...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Hildans
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Malmo, Sweden
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20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012 via mobile

Nice location, lovely view over the sea, friendly staff and decent breakfast. I would stay here again! Two things to improve: reading-lights and a hand-shower, if you don't want to wet your hair... But lovely!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Marie_C777
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Pasadena, California
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75 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Clean, hip, minimal yet stylish room. Helpful staff. Great location- can walk to just about everywhere. A must if you enjoy night life and excellent small restaurants. A much more urban setting than the more touristy shopping areas of Seattle. This is a great hotel for couples, as they value your privacy (no housekeeping unless you ask for it). Love the downstairs 'kitchen' where you can get coffee / tea or snacks 24hrs a day. Appreciated the free wifi, and the little extras. Parking, if needed, is about 2-1/2 blocks away and that was the only downside when I needed to check out at 4am and walk in the pouring rain in the dark! Also, pack light as they don't have an elevator, you will be carrying your luggage up and down those stairs.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank fmjmclark
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Brooklyn, New York
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65 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Comfortable and accommodating. The Ace Seattle was a good place to call home for two nights. A location slightly off the main circuit - but close to many places to experience: Pike Place Market and Space Needle, for sure. But don't miss Olympic Sculpture Park and Chihuly Garden and Glass and a walk along the water's edge. Found the room comfortable and efficiently arranged. Solo traveler so it didn't feel to small or tight. Happy to have a desk and free wifi along with sink in the room. Shared bathrooms were clean and never crowded, so it made that aspect of the Ace very easy. Breakfast is similar to many with granola, yogurt, fresh fruit and make-it-yourself waffles along with Stumptown coffee. Liked the space a great deal - a converted building with high ceilings and good feel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Phil L
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Property: Ace Hotel
Address: 2423 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
Location: United States > Washington > Seattle > Belltown , Downtown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #51 of 101 Hotels in Seattle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Ace Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 28
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