The Ace Hotel has all the trappings of a done-up PDX scene. From the khaki/retro colors to the foam block furnishings, the Ace screams hip to almost deafening decibels, in a cool kind of way. In real estate it's all about location, and the Ace is close to everything. The bikes for rent in the lobby are the first indication you won't be needing a car. The other lobby features include a photo booth and lounging area. There's a little mezzanine library area that overlooks the lobby for additional hanging out. The front desk is tucked away; no sense in mixing commerce with pleasure. Stumptown Coffee and Clyde Commons flank each side, with Kenny and Zook's handy, too. There are a dozen other excellent eateries and entertainment venues minutes away on foot, and more by bike.
Rooms vary in size and budget. For our venture it was the Superior Front with lots of space to entertain, which we did with about 15 friends. The decor is spartan but functional. Huge bath done in classic white tile. Plenty of counter to set up the bar, and lots of seating. The big bed is comfy and the room is bright and airy. The view from our room was anchored by Powell's Books and a Pearl district skyline. It's not the quietest property in PDX, but nothing beyond the hum of the city. There is a bar downstairs if your party runs dry. The hotel chain has a handful of other properties, and each has its own personality. All awaiting you to come darken their doors.