In June this year, my colleague Jasmin and I suddenly found ourselves headed to Portland in a matter of weeks (to attend World Domination Summit… still haven’t taken over the Earth yet. Too many lunches to pack) and we were scrambling for accommodation.
Then this skype chat from Jasmin came through on a Monday afternoon:
And after checking out the link… I was sold.
The Ace is unlike any hotel I’ve ever stayed at – warm, artsy, homely, and eminently a feast for the eyes. Each room is different, each wall mural is different, record players are made available (and in some cases, even guitars!), good food to be had day and night, and within walking distance to just about everywhere in downtown Portland.
The Ace occupies the old Clyde Hotel, an historic landmark on Southwest Stark st.
(image via PDX History)
And the rooms will slay you.
The lobby is actually somewhere you want to hang out. This instagram is still one of my favourite shots. It singlehandedly made me want to redecorate my entire house.
Big, comfy couches, plants, wood everywhere – it just had such a great vibe.
There was a little hiccup with our booking, and we were told there might not be much anyone could do as the hotel was entirely sold out. Jasmin and I almost had to share a bed, and as much as I like her, nobody needs my grill all up in their business while they’re trying to sleep.
We headed to Clyde Common next door for a much needed bloody mary and fries, and were told our bill would be on The Ace, to make amends. While I despaired of the situation at the time, they handled it like total pros in the end – really impressed with the level of service we received.
*I received a discounted media rate when staying.