Ace Hotel Portland
The second Ace Hotel and the first step of the oh-so-cool brand’s expansion toward hipster world dominion, the Ace Hotel Portland can arguably claim to have almost single-handedly launched the current boutique hotel craze. Though it sounds like a cliché now, in this age of thoughtfully designed boutique hotels, the contemporary icon—opened in 2007 in the 1912 building that had long housed the Clyde Hotel—was one of the first hotels designed to feel like a cool, culturally savvy friend’s home. It’s decorated with artwork by acclaimed local artists, outfitted with refurbished vintage furnishings and decor by local craftsmen (think signature Pendleton blankets), and staffed by trendy hipsters who point guests to the hottest underground music shows. Hometown hero Stumptown Coffee Roasters opened one of its first cafés at this Ace, starting the partnership that has since taken the coffee halfway around the world, to the London hotel; here in Portland, it just helped define the hotel as the epitome of cool, a reputation that has only been further cemented by the opening of a popular farm-to-table restaurant and a sultry subterranean cocktail bar. But the true measure of the Ace Hotel Portland’s cool factor? It was parodied on an episode of Portlandia.
By Kate Thorman, AFAR Contributor
1022 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205, USA