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... Edinburgh, the frantic bustle of London, the meandering green hills and stone walls of the Cotswolds, the crazed tourists at the Louvre, the couples dancing on the banks of the Seine on a hot summer night...the stuff of sweet dreams and future plans.
So we say "Au revoir"...until we meet again!
Because the Ritter's WILL be back! ...
... around the corner so we went to investigate, and found two policemen. One was clutching his leg and was talking to another man so we approached the other policemen and Steve described what was the problem and said the man around the corner was 'legless'. The policeman then said 'had he lost his wheel chair'?. He didn't understand what we meant, so we explained that he was drunk and at the same time ...
... listing the food carts of Portland (www.foodcartsportland.com), but be aware as it's not always up to date!
Portland has a flair of an industrial city, and so there is not much sightseeing to do. One of the highlights is the Pittock Mansion which we visited only from outside and from where you have a great view over the city. Another interesting thing are the many bridges that connect the two sides of Portland - some ...
... but the owner living quarters has been converted into a few dorms. There are no keys, but if you are locked out (usually at night) you ring the doorbell and the owner, who lives in a room to herself (and shares the one bathroom) comes and opens the door. What adds to the randomness of all this is the owner is morbidly obese and moves around in an electric wheelchair. Thus it can take a while for her to answer the bell. I give her a generous ten years. The hostel wasn't quite ...
... harness & mr used his carseat. I brought food for lunch so after eating, the kids played on the iPads & I read. Jon used his GPS & tracked where we were as we flew. Both kids did pretty well on the flight without any major meltdowns. Mr did start falling asleep though while we were descending. I was able to keep him awake though so hopefully he'll sleep longer on the London flight. We were one of the last groups off the plane.The last ones ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ace Hotel Portland
Comfortable, quiet, unique
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.
I am glad you had a good time here at the Ace Hotel Portland. You are absolutely correct about the backside of the building being very quiet, this is a great tip for travelers, you can request a quieter room if you have concerns about noise. Thank you for the feedback on the soap, in October we are introducing a Eucalyptus Shower Gel to help with this problem, hopefully you can come back then and try it out. I don't have a good solution for the shower yet, that's a new one for us, we have someone looking into it and we'll work it out shortly. Thanks for staying with us!
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Bring your hipster sneakers
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.
Perfect location, new rennovations, great value
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.
I was pleasantly surprised by this hotel. The rennovations, ammenities, and location MORE than make up for not having a bathroom in the room. My next downtown Portland stay will definitely be at the Ace Hotel.
Thanks for the review! It sounds like you had a chance to try one of the features that make the Ace unique, our shared bath guest rooms. Out of our 79 rooms we have 11 rooms that have a shared bath, comparably a small number to our standard rooms with bath. The shared bath guest rooms are a great value for downtown Portland ($95); they are fun and a really great alternative for families traveling to rent an extra bedroom for the kids. They don't work for everyone, but they are certainly great for some, and typically you can find one available last min if you find yourself downtown in need of a place to sleep. It is important for us at the Ace for all travelers to Portland, regardless of their budget/price range, to have a quality option in a place to stay. We look forward to having you come back the next time you're in town.
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Thanks for sleeping with us!
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!
Thanks for uploading the pictures you took, your review is great and it really captures what we are trying to do here, aside from the fire escape outing (the city gets on us about that). As for the mural we'll get an optional blindfold for the magician that can be pinned up on your way to bed, he freaks us out too. One thing to note for the readers, not all rooms have turntables. Some do, but not all, ask when making a reservation if you are interested in one.
Unique Hotel in the Heart of Portland
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.
The room was comfortable but not luxurious at all, and a bit pricey at 180 bucks, but worth it I think. It is close to the Pearl District and dozens of shops, restaurants, etc. and the streetcar does go right by the front of the hotel. A delicious but overpriced coffee shop and bar adjoin the lobby, where you will find very hip people milling about.
Bring earplugs because the noise outside on a Saturday night was kind of loud...be prepared to get down onto a low platform bed...there were senior citizens checking in as I was leaving that I felt very sorry for---I think they might have been happier at the Embassy Suites or the Silver Cloud (I do not reccommend this place for seniors or young children) as the rooms are not "conventional" at all, nor are the restrooms (shower stall in the corner of the room, loo was adjacent to the sleeping platform behind a sliding wood door). You are not going to find a mini fridge, coffee maker, or iron in your room; just a bed, a desk and phone, a toilet, and a shower. They do provide shampoo, conditioner, and a chip of soap too.
Overall I enjoyed my stay very much in spite of the spartan nature of the hotel. it was fun and funky and I enjoyed it very much...it's a truly unique place.
Edgy -- great if you're tough enough
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!
Thank you for taking the time to provide a great review, I appreciate your assessment of the hotel and I think it will help future travelers to Portland and the Ace. Glad you liked it!
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Hipster Heaven in Downtown Portland!
The Ace wins the award hands down for hippest hotel in the country right now. So many reasons why:
-is a renovated, updated version of the Clyde Hotel featured in "Drugstore Cowboy"
-it's location is perfect--it's right in between downtown and the Pearl District, a free street car runs right by it, and art galleries in Old Town are minutes away by foot.
-the details and decorations in the rooms are amazing. In every room there are: unique hand-painted murals, turntables or iPod jacks, cool indie fashion zines, good toiletries, etc.
-they have a cool old picture booth in the lobby that takes guests photos
-they have vintage bikes that guests can take out (for free) to ride around Portland
The hotel is a great mix between vintage cool, good modern design, and army/navy surplus.
Right off of the lobby is a Stumptown coffee outpost that fills the first floor with wonderful aroma. On the other side of the lobby is Clyde Commons, one of the better restaurants in the area, that serves great cocktails and locally grown food in a communal setting.
The only thing keeping this place from being the ultimate, best hotel ever is:
THE STAFF- while nice and approachable, no one we ever asked gave us good advice or tips. They look like the coolest kids ever in their vintage vests and black dickies but couldn't tell us where a great place to get sushi was or where a cute place to get a bagel w/ lox and read the newspaper was. They just didn't seem that knowledgable.
THE NOISE- the hotel is vintage--that's part of the charm. It also means that you can hear people above and below you some. Also, if you are on the frontside of the building you'll hear the streetcars going by and folks going to nearby bars and clubs on the weekend.
Overall, these two negatives were worth living with. Nothing that a good guidebook or pair of earplugs couldn't fix.
I would stay their again in a second. At a hotel this cool, you can't help but feel like you are "in the know" and at one of Portland's cultural centers while you are there.