Anyone who’s seen Portlandia but never visited Portland in real life might wonder how much of an exaggeration the show really is. Anyone who’s actually spent time in the hyper-local gem of the Pacific Northwest, though, knows there’s a grain of truth in the ardently hip characters and their obsessive nature over green living, handmade objects, artisanal patronage and as-yet-undiscovered music and art.
For those wanting an authentic Portland experience, there’s perhaps no better reflection of local zeitgeist than The Ace Hotel.
Founded in 1999 in both Portland and New York, the hotel has since expanded to Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Seattle. Its dedication to completely unique branding is evident through its in-house creative team, Ace Atelier, which also handles concepting, execution and packaging for all Ace hotels present and future, as well as satellite projects and partners.
The Ace Portland experience involves everything from a full-sized Stumptown Coffee Roasters shop on-site and an old-fashioned photo booth in the small, artfully-appointed lobby to a live DJ in the adjacent event space, reclaimed wood headboards in all 79 rooms and Czech turntables in each of its 14 suites.
Located downtown, just a short walk from some of the city’s most notable spots — Voodoo Donut and Powell’s Books, to name a couple — The Ace’s rates vary by season but generally start around $130.
Photo credits: author’s archive and The Ace Hotel (second image)