Thanks to a tip off from neekoh, I learned about the Ace Hotel in Portland, Oregon, and I'm already thinking about booking my flight to the Northwestern city. This 79 room hotel is the sophomore effort by Ace Hotel Group founders Alex Calderwood and Wade Weigel, opened as a sequel to their Seattle rest stop, and as a place for their creative pals (DJs, artists, musicians, designers, bona fide hipsters) to stay.
The hotel, built in 1912, and what used to be the Clyde Hotel, occupies an entire city block. Calderwood and his cronies wanted to maintain as much of the building's historical character as possible, and were sure to refurbish original details like the deep cast-iron roll-top baths, polished wood paneling, patterned mosaic-tiled flooring and ceiling moldings. The results are astounding, and a flawless nod to both the local arts scene and the beloved Portland of yore.
Check in later today, when I continue my role as Ace Hotel tour guide. But for now, enjoy the photos.