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 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.
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.
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.
I’ll never understand the trend of having a wash basin outside the bathroom.
The hotel has everything you need to rest your head at night and explore Portland’s quirky vibe during the day.
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.
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.