I used to do a ton of business travel across the west. So many hotels feel the same it can get you down if your'e on the road quite a bit. The Ace in Portland felt like the antidote. The renovated building has great old bones and a lot of character. You're better off getting a room on a higher floor and toward the back when possible. I've had multiple stays and this is an urban location with some neighborhood noise. That being said, you can't beat the neighborhood as a jumping off point. You're right near Powell's Books, a stone's throw from the Pearl and walking distance from just about anywhere downtown.
I'd often arrive around 9pm so it was always nice to be able to get a late bite at Clyde Common in the lobby with rocking food and casual attentive service (look them up, it's worth it). In the mornings you need to get coffee at Stumptown, also in the lobby. Getting this quality on a rainy night without walking out the front door is pretty key.
I definitely felt like being a business traveller there was an unusual thing. But that was part of the charm. For a taste of the city with a little edge, the Ace is your place.
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