Ace Hotels—whose growing brand epitomizes a cool, unfussy, überhip hotel stay—debuted at this site in 1999, and it has become a kind of template for the company’s trademark style. While offering the essentials (including serious coffee by Stumptown), the Seattle Ace Hotel is very much a budget property and doesn’t provide fancy amenities (in fact, standard rooms share a bathroom). But the minimalist guestrooms, with their vintage furnishings and original, Pop Art-esque artwork hanging on walls, are spotless and cozy, and the hotel does offer a comfortable, convivial stay in the supremely walkable neighborhood of Belltown. The brick building has high ceilings and hardwood floors, and a few of the rooms have partial water views. Common areas aren’t large, but they’re the kind of spaces that invite conversation with fellow travelers.
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The Ace Hotel sits at the south edge of Belltown, home to a thriving restaurant scene and great clubs for live music. Folks who like the Ace might like the divey Rendezvous, where bartenders pour a wicked drink. Right next door is the 65-seat Jewel Box Theater, a great place to catch kitschy burlesque or cabaret-style shows. It’s a short walk to Seattle Center, with its arena rock, glass art, and a surprisingly excellent food court that features local restaurants. Black Bottle, on First Avenue, a few blocks north of the hotel, serves serious food and drinks in a casual room, and it’s very reasonably priced.
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Rooms: 14 rooms with shared baths; 14 with private baths. From $109. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Breakfast is a DIY affair in the common kitchen—waffles, juice, and coffee, everything one needs to start the day. For late risers and/or bigger eaters, Cyclops Café sits next door and starts serving at 11 a.m. Otherwise, there’s Macrina Bakery & Cafe, which opens at 7 a.m. to serve a full breakfast and a spectacular array of baked goods. Spa and gym details: The Ace offers $15 discounted day pass to the Seattle Athletic Club, about half a mile away. The club offers some spa services like massage, manicures, and pedicures.
Who's it for: Hipsters. Millennials. Wearers of skinny jeans and riders of fixies. Budget travelers who want more privacy than a hostel. (Or sometimes all of the above.) Our favorite rooms: There are two interior rooms with access to a private courtyard that opens up to the sky. They’re also really quiet because they don’t face the street. Plan ahead: Access to the lobby and rooms is via a long staircase—up which guests will need to haul their luggage. Pets are welcome.