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Beware the Sicilian curse. I'm not really sure if that's what you call it, or even where I ever heard it first, but I always liked the ominous sound of: "May you get what you wish for." Emma attains her desire for a "nice cool plane" to Portland. I put on a jacket and it's still almost uncomfortable (which is likely how my mind wandered to how cold …
... and you could see the cars overtaking us. At the station - another fine edifice - Nick and Linda collected us. Their home is a few miles west of the city, a beautiful Japanese/Prairie-style house built in the 1950s and filled with interesting things. We chatted and relaxed before their neighbours and friends Tom and Chris arrived for dinner and we drank several bottles of local wine that accompanied a wonderful ...
I set off early solo to go to post office etc and have walk - met up with I & J later and we got streetcar to edge of Washington Park... Got there and then small hopper bus higher up to the huge Rose testing ground ( phenomenal roses, colours and scents) then walk to Japanese Garden where I parted company with Ian n Jess as they were going further for long trail walk ... I came back downtown to eat and walk around 1st & 2nd ...
... still crusty with snot and hair dishevelled. Couldn't care in the least. We had earned our body odour. Mel accidentally aggravated an uptight couple by - in this order - stealing the wife's pancake that her husband was preparing, stealing his paper plate when he wasn't holding it, and then stealing their table that they'd 'reserved' with coffee cups. Again, couldn't care. We got the pancake, plate and table, and left them to sulk in a corner. He was wound tight well ...
Is the wedding over already?! It went by in what seemed like seconds after countless hours of preparation over the last 9 months. Now, we board a plane for the next adventure, our honeymoon in Europe. Looking forward to the adventures ahead, both on this trip and with our life ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ace Hotel Portland
Our room was papered with player piano music. We had a room in back. It was quiet. The window was old fashioned, and open-able. The bed was extremely comfortable, but not in a squishy fluffy sort of way. It didn't bounce or squeak, it was just unobtrusively restful. The shower was HUGE, a tiled room, really. But the shower head was pathetic. Also - only one tiny sliver of soap in the bathroom - should be one for the shower and one for the sink. Super quiet place, but right downtown, near Powells, Chinatown, etc. I'd definitely stay again. Oh - parking is $20, but you can park free at meters if you are leaving before 8:30 am.
We stayed at the Ace for two nights in July. We originally booked a shared bath room on the back side of the hotel, but we had some issues with the key and the lock not working. While we were struggling with it, a manager walked by, noticed our problem, and immediately offered to upgrade us to another room with a private bath, which was great! The new room was on the front side of the hotel, which as others have noted is really loud, as there are a couple of bars on the street and people driving like maniacs (bring earplugs if you want to sleep). The best part of our new room was the Oregonian Gentleman mural - loved it! We also loved the private bath, the shower in the corner of the room, and the delicious bath products, in fact my husband wants to buy them at home. Stumptown coffee off the lobby was really great (the best coffee on our entire pacific northwest roadtrip) and the location of the Ace was perfect - a short walk to great restaurants, powell's, the pearl district, music stores, the waterfront (perfect for runners), delicious marionberry pie and sandwiches at the half and half, a slightly longer walk to saint cupcake. We were totally enamored with Portland in general, and would definitely stay at the Ace on our next trip.
For the price, this hotel is the best value you'll find downtown. Hotel is within walking distance of waterfront, pearl district, shops, bars, etc. Room was tiny (200 sq ft), and no frills. But it was very clean, sink in room, robes and wall-mounted lcd tv were a nice touch. Not having a bathroom in the room was a slight drawback....but it wasn't worth $50+ more per night to me to stay at different hotel w/ in-room bathrooms. The bathrooms were clean, fully stocked with towels/soap/shampoo/conditioner. There were 2 bathrooms on our floor, we never had to wait. There was little to no street noise in the room. The lobby has adjoining doors on either side to Stumptown Coffee (amazing espresso) and a little wine bar/bistro. There's a computer lounge overlooking the lobby with 2 iBooks for guest use.
Not only was this place charmingly stylish in a plush vintage/industrial way, centrally located, possessing of a flattering and fun photo booth, connected to a great, weird restaurant (featuring slow-cooked vittles, delicious cocktails and large communal tables) AND affordable, but they also sent me some clothes i had forgotten in the hotel room (thanks for nothing, brain!) which arrived THE NEXT DAY! Seriously people, this place is rad. It's like everything you wish a hotel would be. Everyone was friendly and helpful, the room was clean, comfortable and quiet, it was cool without being pretentious, and the lobby smelled perpetually of coffee thanks to the attached Stumptown coffee shop (connected on the OTHER side of the lobby). (Plus, if you're feeling brazen, you can sneak out on the fire escapes and watch the free show down below.... but don't tell anyone where you heard that from...). The bathrooms are alittle weird, in that they are little more than toilet and a (nice claw foot) tub cut off from the rest of the room by mere curtains, but if you're not weaned on five-star hotels, and adaptability doesn't hinder your traveling experience, you barely notice. Also, all the rooms have little turntables, and a selection of old-timey records to listen to, which is nice. Totally comfy and welcoming, I kind of wish I lived there. Thanks, ACE!
I stayed at the Ace Hotel for one night in late July. This is an old boardinghouse/hotel from the turn of the century that has been remodeled and decked out with interesting art and fixtures. The rooms are spartan and modern, with quirky accents...the hotel lobby was full of hipsters milling about or lounging on the large sofa on their Macs drinking coffee. The room was comfortable, but if you are over the age of 40, or if you are used to Marriott style accommodations, don't stay at the Ace...it's not for you. My feeling is that the target clientele are younger demographic who enjoy design, reclaimed materials, art, and a funky mix of old and new style.
After a five-night stay, we are hooked. But it's not for everyone (and sure doesn't try to be). Props to the location -- two blocks from Powell's Books, a gorgeous Whole Foods, and within easy walking distance to tons of great restaurants, theaters, and galleries, as well as downtown offices. Streetcar right outside the door. What's not so hot: don't get a back room on the 2nd floor -- you'll be staring at a brick wall just feet away. Because the windows are single paned, the night life on the front side is loud. Don't count on coddling; the accommodations are austere to say the least. But the basics are strong-- good mattress, great cotton sheets, very nice shower. Lots of atmosphere. The best coffee I've ever had was at Stump City Coffee, right through the lobby, and the Clyde Commons bar and restaurant were terrific. Ace Hotels, both in Portland and Seattle, provide an unusual, sometimes challenging, authentic experience. We found it exhilarating but beware, it's very different from Kimptons or, heaven forbid, Westins or Marriotts!