Portland >Lodging > Ace Hotel
1022 SW Stark St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720545.522087 -122.681642
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Downtown
The very first Ace Hotel, this boutique hotel is quite unique and cool and definitely worth a visit... or a stay.
One of the coolest kids in town, this hotel’s a magnet for the edgy, hip, bohemian, and creatively inclined, plus, the adjoining restaurant and bar (Clyde Common) is one of Portland’s tastiest places to eat, drink, & see and be seen.
Super dog friendly and hip. All of the rooms, regardless of price, feature artsy decor with a funky edge, not to mention flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and high-quality bedding. In the larger and more expensive rooms, a clawfoot tub and a turntable for playing vinyl records often figure among the added perks.
Citysearch Editorial Review – Hipsters dig this smart renovation of a 1912 hotel. The gritty, modern vibe extends from the lobby, with its army green couches and old photo booth, to the individually themed rooms. Each of the hotel’s 79 rooms feature vintage decor and wall murals from emerging artists as well as complimentary Wi-Fi and beds topped with Pendleton wool blankets. By day, guests fuel up with an espresso from the adjacent Stumptown coffee, while night beckons cocktails at the adjacent Clyde Common restaurant.
holy overrated – A tough stay, but I love portland so fair city I'll be back and will stay elsewhere.
and I still think staff stole my cuff watch
Wake Up Call! – The rooms at the Ace Hotels are among Portland's most unique and the Clyde Common's kitchen is by far Portland's most innovative however The Front Desk could be a bit better!
Unique, vintage flair with a reasonable rate – I didn't know what to expect when my husband and I booked our stay at the Ace Hotel. We typically stay in pampered bed and breakfast venues but we were looking for an affordable, hip place to stay near the Pearl District. I loved the minimal decor and clean lines in the rooms and the vintage flair throughout the hotel. We stayed on the third floor with the shared bathroom down the hall and never had any issues with waiting to use the facilities. Everything was clean and if you don't pack alot (we each have one small to medium sized suitcase for a weeks worth of vacation attire/toiletries) there is no issue of not having enough space. We didn't have any problems with sound issues or thin walls, but our room did have a window with a view of a brick wall. But then again, what can you expect when you are downtown in congested living at a reasonable price? It is very convienent to walking anywhere you want to go (at least a dozen art galleries, unique boutiques, Cupcake Jones, Powell's Books, plenty of dining -fast or fine). The staff was friendly and helpful with giving directions. We also loved that is since we only had a day and a half to visit the area it is nice that the hotel is located next to Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Clyde Common restaurant. Great coffee, fun food and awesome mixed drinks, and a refreshing place to stay all within steps of each other. We had a great time and would definitely go back.
I like to think that I fit the The Ace's demographic in that I prefer small, unique boutique hotels and understand that might mean fewer amenities then you might find in a large chain hotel. That said, I was surprised that The Ace had more of a feeling of an upscale hostel then a not inexpensive hotel. I don't mind that I can't order food (again, not unusual in a smaller hotel) but it meant no one ever came to clean the room, leaving us with no clean towels for the next day.
Even though we had a proper bathroom, it was a bit disconcerting seeing people duck in and out of the bathrooms in the hall and stairway. Because of that and lack of staff, the place had a distinct "self-serve" feeling about it.
The room itself had great potential. Cool mural/painting on the wall, hardwood floors, a record player with a box of records, high ceilings and interesting decor. What there was of it. We had a sofa, but there was no coffee table or side table to put anything on, just short wooden boxes, which were too small to be useful.
The bathroom sink was outside of the bathroom itself (which had nothing but the tub and toilet) and was a corner sink with no room for so much as a tube of toothpaste. They remedy this by providing a small stainless steel table as a space to put a few things. God help you of you have a large brush and lots of cosmetics and toiletries. They'll be homeless.
The closet contained 5 hangers (for two people!) and instead of a chest of drawers or shelves to compensate, a hanging canvas shoe holder, as seen at Ikea. Would it hurt them to give you something in which to put a few days of clothing?
All in all I found the hotel interesting, and ultimately enjoyed my stay in spite of the odd logistical issues but I can't say I'll be back soon. It did feel as if their determination to present a certain look and feel overshadowed any concern or sympathy for the person actually staying in the room. More surfaces, please!
and I am the target demographic – Let me get this straight, I can pay over $100/nt to share a bath, have a view of a wall, and expect absolutely bad front desk service? Or I can stay up the street at a real hotel (boring, yes) and have privacy and service? This hotel is simply too stripped down. There isn't even art on the walls, compared to the Seattle location this is a piss-poor deal. Everyone knows you don;t go to a place like this expecting it to be a spa, but at least give me an ipod hookup so i can play my own music. Or how bout's a little breakfast? Or some daylight? These are not high expectations. Maybe they blew the budget on the little wall mounted TV's? Further WHO EVEN WATCHES TV ANYWAY?!
New Favorite Place - Great Place for Events! – I had a party at The Ace Hotel recently in their event space "The Cleaners" and I couldnt have asked for a better experience. Every single person who worked there was awesome and helpful and sweet. The event space was fantastic and all our guests were impressed with the venue. They set up a bar and there was a DJ and a door person. For an amateur party thrower it was easy to plan and my contact was very patient with my contsant calls asnd questions. After the party we went up to our corner suite which we loved. Everything from the old books to the way the rooms were arranged, the beautiful bathrooms. I wish I lived there.. I would highly recommend staying there or having your next big event there.
Sleepless in Portland – So my wife and I live in Portland and decided to make a little weekend getaway to downtown. We had heard of this new funky, cool hip hotel downtown called the ?Ace Hotel?. Sounded like fun right? Well sorry to say but wrong! This place is cool and hip for sure, but there is one itty-bitty problem. Last time I checked hotels were for sleeping. Well we barely slept a wink. The problem? It?s hard to get any sleep when there are several nightclubs right outside your window. The problem gets worse when you realize that this is an old historic building, with thin walls and old windows. It sounded like we were IN the nightclubs. We could hear everything. The bars don?t close until 2:30 and then it all spills out into the street until 3:00 am. If that weren?t enough try the herd of elephants in the room above us. Finally at 3:30 am I called the room above us to ask them to keep it down a little. A very chipper guy answered and said ?sure no problem we were just getting ready to head out for the night?. I must be getting old or something, but I had to laugh. The only suggestion I have for the ACE is to provide complimentary earplugs in the rooms, but what hotel would want to send that message. All in all it is a neat hotel, but not for those that actually like a hotel for sleeping. It was a Friday night, so maybe the weekdays are better, but I can for sure say, stay away on a Friday night or get a room on that faces one of the numbered streets.
Historic property turned modern boutique hotel offers amenities tailored to guests who want a genuine Portland experience. – In Short
Situated between downtown and the Pearl, the building combines architectural elements of the original 1912 structure with clean-line furnishings and a touch of Northwest rusticity. More than 40 local artists contributed murals and collages to the rooms, which feature complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-panel TVs and organic foam mattresses topped with Pendleton wool blankets. Many rooms have the original claw-foot tbs. Guests can borrow books from the library and Dutch-style bicycles to explore nearby attractions.
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!
Do you have a review of Ace Hotel on your blog? If you include the Citysearch image link (shown below) in your post, we'll automatically link to your review from the business profile page. Here's how our Linkback system works:
The Linkback system is free and automatic. It's really that easy.
To link to our business profile page, copy the html below to your web page.