Ace Hotel Portland
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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 …
... so I will cook some for dinner. Emailed Charli last night and may stop to see her tomorrow on my way out of town.
May 16, 2014 Friday-Up early and packed stuff to the car. Watched yet another movie with John before heading out at 11. I drove about 8 miles to an Einstein Bagel shop where I met up with Charli and Stefhan. I was here for their wedding last year. We had a good chat and I really like both of them. Gave her one of ...
... and a 3-D movie about dinosaurs. The laser show was nice but the dinosaur movie was worth the wait. During our OMSI wandering we head rumors of Portland water problems, The cafe was shutdown; you could only buy bottled water but no one seemed to know why other that there was a problem with the Portland water system. We took the street car back downtown and found a wonderful place to eat before continuing on the the airport and our hotel. ...
... worrying what all I've forgotten on the list that is finally being written down.
The packing itself takes little, except that for 2 weeks, we need more entertainment and other assorted items. It's the preparation to leave the house for two weeks- buying cat food, doing cleaning and yardwork, making phone calls. While I take my work with me, there's things that need to get done now vs. later.
At some point, decisions will be made ...
... checked in at about 4:25, and the kids and I checked out the exercise room, which has hula hoops for kids! And plenty of machines, including a modern stepper for mommy. No gym seems to have these anymore, as everyone is in love with ellipticals. But I prefer a stepper, so this is a serendipitous find. By the time we returned to the room, it was time to get ready for happy hour at the hotel. We went down, got our "complimentary" wine (with ...
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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!