Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Ace Hotel, Portland, OR

The Ace Hotel in Portland, OR opened in 2007. I think of the four, it is my favorite. I had a really hard time paring down my photo selection so this may be a really long post, but if you make it all the way to the end, there is a special video {It's what prompted me to move this post from my old blog}.

This Ace, similar to the other Ace Hotels, uses a mix of furniture, including vintage pieces, and uses everyday objects to create points of interest in the lobby. For example, there is a card catalog topped with jars of utilitarian objects like paper clips and pencils

The stairwells aren't forgotten with a large mural on one landing and the floor level carved in each post.

The corridors are simple and the doors to the rooms have a fabric tacked on them that is reminiscent of camping tarps. The graphics on the signage are simple but well designed.

The artwork is original, amazing and sometimes off-the-wall, but in a good way. This is countered by the guestrooms which are simple and all have a sort of army barracks/camping simplicity that seems so functional and practical. The nightstands when included in the rooms are made of stacked books.

A closeup of the nightstands with the vintage clip on light.

There are a variety of rooms from larger, more luxurious rooms to rooms with bunk beds and communal baths.

Some of the rooms have record players in them (found in all Ace Hotels I think, unfortunately not all rooms) and you can borrow records to play on them in case you don't travel with your own selection.

There's a great article in Shift with a more in depth article on some of the artists for the murals of the hotel in case you would like to see more. Below are some of the murals in the hotel, all designed by local artists.

{photos: #1,3, 29, 30 & 31 - brockzilla/ / CC BY 2.0; #2, 6-26 - neighborhoodnotes_pdx/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; #4, 27 - jtcontinental/ / CC BY 2.0; #28 - ews/ / CC BY 2.0; #5 - joannaforever/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0}

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