Funk meets func­tion

It’s hip, clean, min­i­mal­ist and the per­fect spot to rest your head if you’re in Port­land, and on a bud­get, writes

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Ace Ho­tel, Port­land, Ore­gon. On the bor­der of Port­land’s Pearl District, this hip­ster ho­tel is in a prime lo­ca­tion. Shops, restau­rants, bars and brew­eries are a short walk away.

The space

The ho­tel is in a his­toric build­ing that opened in 1912 as the Clyde Ho­tel. The lobby is a bright, open space con­nected to the Stump­town Cof­fee next door, and full of guests work­ing away on their lap­tops. A func­tion­ing photo booth is in the cor­ner. The decor is un­der­stated, but there’s tons of char­ac­ter in this old build­ing. Break­fast is served in a lit­tle room on one of the floors. It’s a make-your-own style of din­ing. There’s toast and spreads, ce­real and cof­fee. It’s de­cent, but if you’re after a more lav­ish spread, you’re not far away from break­fast/ brunch favourite Tasty n Alder.

Next door, you’ll find Clyde Com­mon. They de­scribe them­selves as a European-style tav­ern and rou­tinely turn up on lists of Port­land’s best eats.

A lit­tle stroll down from the ho­tel you’ll find plenty of choice at the city’s pop­u­lar food carts.

The room

My stan­dard front room is best de­scribed as min­i­mal­ist-chic. There is no fuss here. It’s airy though, high ceil­ings and a com­fort­able bed.

There’s a record player but it’s locked.

There’s an en­suite toi­let and shower, but oddly, the wash basin is sit­u­ated separately in the room.

Com­pli­men­tary Malin + Goetz toi­letries are pro­vided. There are quite a va­ri­ety of rooms on of­fer, and each has its own quirks and charms.

Step­ping out

You ba­si­cally have ev­ery­thing on your doorstep here.

But by far, the coolest way to spend an af­ter­noon is brows­ing the good reads at Pow­ell’s City of Books, lo­cated about a block away.

This place should come with its own map. There are more than 3500 sec­tions and rooms are colour-coded ac­cord­ing to genre. It’s easy to get hap­pily lost among the new and used books. Staff also leave handly lit­tle tips on shelves point­ing you to their favourites.

There’s plenty of great shop­ping, brew­eries and nightlife just steps from the ho­tel. And a short drive away you’ll find the mag­nif­i­cent land­scapes, The no-fuss, clean and func­tional aes­thetic of each room.

Low­light

I’ll never un­der­stand the trend of hav­ing a wash basin out­side the bath­room.

Ver­dict

The ho­tel has ev­ery­thing you need to rest your head at night and ex­plore Port­land’s quirky vibe dur­ing the day.

Essen­tials

There’s no gym, no spa, no room ser­vice, no pool ... none of the frills that you’d ex­pect in most ho­tels, but then you’re not pay­ing for them. Prices start from around US$180.

More in­for­ma­tion

1022 South West Stark St. See ace­ho­tel.com/Port­land for more in­for­ma­tion.

The writer trav­elled to Port­land on her own dime but stayed as a guest of Ace Ho­tel.

The ho­tel’s lobby is a great shared space to get some work done.

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