Travel: Portland’s Ace Hotel

I have seen the future, and I didn’t need a Flux Capacitor, just a plane ticket and a (very affordable) reservation at Portland’s Ace Hotel. Ace is a game changer, a new category in American hotels, a place where style and utility and sustainability and art coexist peacefully because in the future, it has to. At some point we’ll realize – there’s no other good way.

At Ace, the style rules, the artists are the stars, the vintage exalted, the restrooms shared, the accomodations affordable and the coffee always available. (And if I were a betting man, I’d lay odds that the bud is celebrated, available and very very good.)

Every room is designed by a different artist, fostering a sense of creativity while unshackling the binds of uniformity so common in most chain hotels (and many “boutique” ones). The shared aesthetic that does exist is one of modest utility – a comfortable bed, a small sink and desk, clean lines and simple muted colors.

I love this one. Amazing shots, HulaGirl.

There’s a loft area above the lobby with a long table, a comfortable chair, magazines (think Believer, not US Weekly) and a terrific view of the gorgeous wood paneled lobby. And flanking that lobby, Clyde Commons, an excellent, noisy, happening restaurant and bar (cuisine excellence not typically a characteristic of even luxury hotels) and Stumptown Coffee Roasters, as similar to Starbucks as silk to yarn. Powell’s, one of the greatest bookstores in the world, is a block away. Have you booked your ticket yet?

Maybe it’s not our future but an alternative future, a future where cold war ended with a US/Soviet handshake and an agreement to cooperate, take what’s best about both systems and fix the world.

Flickr member Wizmo, this is cool. Thanks. To see more, click here.

Thanks Zutterbug. For more, click here.

Courtesy, Arugulapress. Cool shot. I think we missed each other by a month. For more, click here.

Thanks to Flickr member, *Ambika*. For more, click here.

Thanks Jasminepark. For more photos, click here.

Thanks ccjosh.

Thanks to Sprizee. I love the black tub and inexpensive molding. For more, click here.

* Above photo: GirlHula, a Flickr friend, took this unbelievably beautiful photo. To see more of her photos, click here.

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2 Responses to “Travel: Portland’s Ace Hotel”

  1. countertops portland 26. Apr, 2009 at 9:08 am

    This is a hotel that possess a different taste with a touch in modern trend. I like the bed.