We had mixed feelings about booking a room at the Ace Hotel. The photos of the place offer such amazing design eye candy, we wanted to see it all for ourselves. But we've found that too often, hotels that are deemed hip are lacking in friendly service and good amenities. Since our trip to Portland was brief (just two nights), we decided to go for it. And we're so glad we did: We totally enjoyed our stay and could not stop taking pictures throughout the hotel. Dozens of local artists created murals and collages in the hotel rooms. The photo above is Room 428, which is on a corner of the fourth floor. Below are a few more shots of the room's interior.
A close-up of the unconventional nightstand: a block of wood and a stack of books.
A multi-functional table divides the sleeping and sitting areas in the room. The flat-screen TV swivels. And, yes, that's a turntable. (The needle can be retrieved from the front desk.)
A barn door separates the bathroom from the rest of the space.
Moving on to the public areas of the hotel ...
The lobby is dominated by a table topped with terrariums and surrounded by comfy seating.
Sweet, old tiles just off of the lobby.
Trivia: The Ace was previously the Clyde Hotel, where "Drugstore Cowboy" was filmed.
This cross-stitched sign in the elevator is pretty accurate. It's one reason to take the stairs.
The other reason to take the stairs: Evan B. Harris' mural, between the third and fourth floors.
The Ace has a business center like no other. There's a large table with MacBooks for guests to use. There's a couch for napping (isn't that what your room is for?), and this cool cabinet.
We would absolutely book with the Ace Hotel again. It was noisy, but we chalked that up to staying in a bustling part of town. Every staffer we encountered was friendly and helpful. And we loved that there was a great restaurant (Clyde Common) and a superb coffeeshop (Stumptown) adjacent to the hotel. Other perks: There's free wi-fi throughout the hotel and a photobooth in the lobby.