Recently my husband Cory was booked for a weekend at Harvey’s Comedy Club in Portland and we got the chance to stay at the Ace Hotel (thank you TravelZoo.com). I have written about The Ace in Portland before, but I had never seen the rooms so I am a really excited to share this with you. It was also really fun to see the Ace all dressed up for Christmas, it was such a cozy shelter from the chilly city streets. The picture below of the lobby was taken at 3:20am because that is the only time that this space is not filled with stylish people eating and drinking and working on lap tops (also a great time to come home from cocktails at Tear Drop and pizza at Sizzle Pie)
One of my favorite parts of The Ace are the clean and simple hallways. The dark grey ceiling, white walls, brown doors, and grey carpets provide a very simple pallet that lets your attention go to the character of each piece of the hall e.g. the antique light fixtures, beautiful oak doors, and original pine floor peaking out from either side of the carpet runner. The details are well thought out. I enjoy the old style number plates and door hardware (real keys, no plastic cards).
The floor plan of the room was unique so I drew up a little sketch to show you where everything was. The room was beautifully simple, like staying in a friends home (maybe like a brilliant designer friend). The open shower was interesting (not for the shy). I loved the original pine floor boards that were curiously not damaged along the edge of the shower (I would never advise this). Also take notice of the desk built with salvaged wood and plumbing supplies. And I loved the artwork on the dark grey wall, the soap on a rope, and especially the up-side-down mounted roller shade attached to a pulley at the top of the window…. Check it out and enjoy