Unique Hotel in the Heart of Portland A review of Ace Hotel 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.