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“In keeping with Portland's spirit!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ace Hotel Portland

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Ace Hotel Portland
Ranked #62 of 138 Hotels in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Island of Gozo, Malta
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71 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“In keeping with Portland's spirit!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

A different experience! Stayed there at my daughter's suggestion - she lives in Portland. A bit taken aback by reception area - certainly different than the lobby of (chain) hotels I usely stay at for business travel! Checked in anyway. Got one of their larger room - plenty of space indeed: its own considerable bathroom (I gathered some rooms have shared facilities - wow!); large sitting room; place for a wine cooler; a long working table; separate lavabo (could not find the safe though - was there one?)! Very modern amenities - iPod player, flat TV screen, wireless access (of course) and, in addition, a turntable! That is unique (the turntable), although the selection of vinyls, when it came to classic music, was very limited - in my room at least.
(I have reviewed the more extensively on my own blog.)

You got to get used to the kaki and grey colors - it has at time a feel of army surplus amenities. But very much in keeping with the "frontier" atmosphere and the "keep Portland weird" leitmotiv (unofficial, I am sure!) of the city.
Plus the location - right in old Portland, a block or two away from Powell's... And good coffee and breakfast places all around...

Good fun. Not cheap. Will be trying the NYC version of the ACE Hotel next month...

Room Tip: stayed on 4th (and last?) floor, corner room, overlooking the street but noise was not/not a factor
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

I used to do a ton of business travel across the west. So many hotels feel the same it can get you down if your'e on the road quite a bit. The Ace in Portland felt like the antidote. The renovated building has great old bones and a lot of character. You're better off getting a room on a higher floor and toward the back when possible. I've had multiple stays and this is an urban location with some neighborhood noise. That being said, you can't beat the neighborhood as a jumping off point. You're right near Powell's Books, a stone's throw from the Pearl and walking distance from just about anywhere downtown.

I'd often arrive around 9pm so it was always nice to be able to get a late bite at Clyde Common in the lobby with rocking food and casual attentive service (look them up, it's worth it). In the mornings you need to get coffee at Stumptown, also in the lobby. Getting this quality on a rainy night without walking out the front door is pretty key.

I definitely felt like being a business traveller there was an unusual thing. But that was part of the charm. For a taste of the city with a little edge, the Ace is your place.

Room Tip: Upstairs and toward the back.
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank gbnixon
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Kreskin2207
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257 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

I stayed here recently during the week and basically had the place to myself. We were on a floor with, I think two-three other rooms, which made the shared bathroom situation a non-issue. The shared bathroom, by the way, is huge. The bathroom is as large as the hotel room! We got a super rate for a room that had three beds, I want to say it was just a bit over $100. To sleep three people in separate beds in the center of a major city with great restaurants and bars steps away for this price is s-t-e-a-l. The staff was also super nice every time we interacted with them - even at 5Am the morning of our checkout. This place will definitely be my go-to when I'm in Portland.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

This hotel has a cool vibe. No doubt about that. And the location is ideal. But it's far from cheap (we paid $165/night for a very basic room), not quiet (garbage/recycling trucks under the single-pane window every morning at 6:30), and has a weirdly scolding tone for a place in this price range. For example, in addition to the usual reminders about re-using towels to save water and energy, there's a plaque in the elevator that says, "If you'd taken the stairs, you'd be there already." Maybe, but for $165 a night, maybe a guilt-free elevator isn't such a luxury? In addition to the street noise, which is intense, the door to the bathroom is a hung sliding door, which offers no noise privacy, and the sink is in the middle of the room. The TV is very small and mounted on the wall in such a way that you really couldn't watch it from the bed. To me, this feels like a budget hotel at double the budget price. If the room were under $100, I'd say, "Fair enough." But for these prices, I'd expect double-glazed windows (which would save a lot more energy than guilt-tripping guests into re-using towels), and a bathroom door that offered some privacy.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms in front, due to street noise.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank BilgewaterBob
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seattle
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

Ace has taken an old "flop house" in the Pearl District and converted it in to an affordable, up to date, minimal boutique hotel. The design concept respects the history and character of the old building while adding modern amenities. There is a restaurant on the ground floor with good food and group seating. You will enjoy this hotel is you are young, or young at heart. You will not enjoy this hotel is you are like the woman I saw with lots of jewelry and 6 suitcases trying to get herself up the elevator alone.

Room Tip: This hotel will not be for you if you want comfort rather than hip-ness, lots of flower arrangements...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank watershadow
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Additional Information about Ace Hotel Portland

Property: Ace Hotel Portland
Address: 1022 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205-2610
Region: United States > Oregon > Portland > Downtown
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #62 of 138 Hotels in Portland
Price range (per night): ₹ 13,028 - ₹ 22,147
Hotel Class:3 star — Ace Hotel Portland 3*
Number of rooms: 79
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A friendly, urbanized version of the welcoming country inn along a country lane. ... more   less 
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