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Rating: 4.06

Address: 2423 1st Ave, Seattle, WA, 98121
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Comments (140):

1. megan d.
the ace hotel is basiclly a galorified hostel with a upscale hotel priced tag sprinkled liberally with art-deco and mondernism. this isn't that much cheaper than the W or monaco. not bad if your traveling alone however your with a group be warned the rooms are SMALL.

02/04/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Lula Mae W.
Word from the front desk is this is where the Koolhaus crew liked to crash whilst constructing that kick-ass library.  Kool.

19/05/05 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. eve l.
definitely a great deal if you're staying in seattle. the rooms are a tad small, and the air conditioning sucks, but you're really paying for the minimal boutique atmosphere. the communal bathrooms were never a problem and were always clean. i recommend the free continental breakfast - granola, yogurt, toast, juice, fruit, and cofee. it'll give you energy for walking around the city all day.

09/07/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. patrick g.
A really fun hotel in Belltown. Feels something like a hostel but designed by a dedicated modernist. Eames Rockers in the rooms, sliding panels, rotating doors, exposed concrete, vintage Salvation Army blankets on the low profile beds. Can get a little noisy with the club across the vacant lot to the east but that's only a couple of rooms.

21/04/05 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Tiffany L.
We stayed at Room 112 which was basically a dorm/studio-ish room with no AC and no attached bath.  The shared bath turned out to be problem-free since I didn't experience any wait and the bathrooms (with showers only) are large and clean.  The no AC part would have been A-OK if it wasn't for a freakishly HOT (yes, 90 degrees in Seattle) day. Since the windows were open, it was VERY noisy. Still, I like the simplistic yet quirky decor of ACE. Since we were only staying for one night (Saturday), we parked our rental car right across the street (instead of at the overnight lot designated by the hotel) and paid a lot less. What I really liked was the simple continental breakfast that ACE offersfrom 8-noon  ... no bacon or eggs, but healthy cereal with choices of nonfat milk and soy milk.  You can also make your own toasts or waffles with the machine.  Not to mention the free wifi and satellite tv.  $99/nite still seems steep to me but I will certainly stay here again if I get an AC room.

21/08/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
6. super a.
great place to have a scandalous love affair. seriously. the room with the see through shower wall behind the bed is rad. thanks for the memories. see you again soon.

23/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Graham G.
Great hotel, great staff, great price......Twilight Zone was on TV.  Life is good.

02/06/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Ian H.
First of all, I love cheap chic.  I'm the type that will not eat all day just to pay for a bottle of Viognier and duck confit; or mix Raf Simons with 10 year old trousers from The Salvation Army. So, naturally one may assume that I would love The Ace Hotel. No F**king way.  I've stayed there twice now. The first time I stayed there, I was initially suckered in like everyone else. I do appreciate Eames chairs, even fake ones, but once you realize where corners are cut, it's insulting. I don't mind sharing bathrooms and have been comfortable in many of the European hostels I've stayed at, but this hotel is simply not worth it. The two good things that it does have going for it are it's location and the front desk clerk, whom seem to be fairly helpful and non-pretentious (hence the two stars).
Belltown's a great area to anchor one's experiences in Seattle. It's a matter of 5-15 minutes to some great restaurants, clothiers and attractions.

Here are some more issues that may or may not matter to travelers on a "budget" about this cheap hotel.

1. Diminitive storage space for your clothes, books and toiletries (especially if you get the non-ensuite rooms).
2. Staying above a bar and cafe is pretty cool for me, 'cept when the walls are so thin you can here obnoxious conversations downstairs.
3. Stop buying cheap lo-definition lcd tv's and use that to buy double pained windows for noise and warmth!
4. Nicer bedding with higher thread counts don't cost that much more that the thin ones they use now. If I can see the pattern on the mattress through the sheets, it's time to get new ones.
5. It's not cheaper than other hotels with basic amenities.

I'm usually the type of consumer that will offer businesses second chances, but after my last stay, I'm through with The Ace Seattle.

Just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you can't have decent, well working things and accomodations.

28/12/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
9. Erika W.
I stayed here while in town on a business conference trip.  This is a cute little hotel you would never notice from the street.  The staff is very friendly, laid back and helpful.  The hotel is clean, modern and hip.  

If I was in town visiting for vacation, I would love to stay at this hotel.  However, for a business trip it lacks a few things I've come accustomed to over the last few years.  These are all small things that makes the business traveler a little more comfortable.  For example, my room did not have any closet or dresser.  There were some hooks with hangers on behind the door, but I had to leave most of my business clothes folded in my suitcase until I was ready to take them out to be ironed.  Your room does not come with an iron, but if you ask for one at the front desk they do have them.  The same goes for hair dryers.  I had trouble with not having anywhere to put my stuff in general.  There are just not a lot of surfaces in the room.  Note, if you want your own bathroom, you need to get a delux room.  The standard rooms share hallway bathrooms and showers like dorms in college.  In my bathroom I had a prison type sink, a tiny little shower and a toilet without a lid.  I'm not real picky; I can deal with all of these things.  Except there was no where to set anything down except on the floor.  No shelves, no counter top, no nothing.  I ended up putting all of my stuff on the floor.  When they describe this hotel as having european flare, they are correct.  I stayed in a hotel in Germany with almost the exact same bathroom, but this one was much cleaner.  I'm not sure if other rooms have this problem; everthing I plugged into the wall outlets fell out!  Everything- the hair dryer, the iron, my phone charger, my laptop charger, my blackberry charger.  Nothing would stay plugged in.  Maybe they had the wrong outlets installed?

The steps in the entrace of the Ace are beautiful to look at, but when you have been traveling all day and have to drag a giant suitcase up them at midnight, you will not think they are so great.  This hotel in general has a lot of steps, and the more I think about it, I don't think it's wheel chair accessible.  If you have a problem with stairs, you may want to call ahead and check.  

Wow, so my review sounds like a ton of complaining.  Why do I give the Ace 4 stars?  Well, honestly it's so cute, quaint and clean that each day I was there I became more fond of it.  It was a perfect atmosphere for my first time in Seattle.  The location is also great- many nice restaurants and shopping are close by.

04/06/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Nichole D.
absolutely love this hotel. right in the heart of belltown, centrally located to everything. minimalist design, eames chairs...this hotel was made for me. i know that each room had some unique thing to it, but since i did not know that seattle gets sooo booked up in the summer, i was just barely able to get the room we got, with the shared bathroom concept. which normally i don't go for, but at the ace, it was not a big deal at all. so clean and well maintained. ed the concierge is so helpful and nice. outstanding hotel, don't think i could stay anywhere else now.

29/06/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Eric D.
I had a good experience here recently. I got the last room in the joint for a weeknight stay and had a room with a bathroom in it (thankfully) for $195 a night. I do think places like this and The Standard on Sunset in LA are funny - you know, take an old building, do "some" remodeling and make it seem cool and then charge a whole lot more than it probably is worth....smart business model I guess.

Best thing about this place:  the place called Cafe Macrina across the street for coffee and fresh pastries...

I liked:
Big flatscreen, free wifi, contemporary style and feel, location to stuff on first st., price was okay too, friendly service

I didn't like so much:
no ventilation, seeing random people I don't want to see walking around with their junk falling out of robes down a hallway, smelling those people's bathroom experiences all the way down the hallway, no parking

30/06/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
12. Marc M.
I love your optimism. As I dilly dally down the wall-mirrored passage I catch a glimpse of my right profile - a personal preference. You're ticked. Then the book to my bed-stand, you're a believer standing in the sole support of my statistical need for sex. A copy of the karma sutra and three condoms nestled neatly between pages thirty two and three. The teenager in me screams out to whip all three on and watch a little evening news; adulthood declines. As a point of digression I should take a moment to tell of these things I know, the driving force in the palm of Silicon Valley - I know these boys who get uncannily self-sufficient when working from home. I recall once insinuating that Apple was built from adderall and assholes - but to it's discredit the world of internet securities is a sorry tale of student-dressed sorts sitting on self-help forums berating an epidemic of right handed proportions. Subtle.

This is getting ridiculous.

04/12/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. hello y.
I mainly stayed here cause it was the cheapest hotel I could find close to downtown at the time. I wonder how much prices went up since then, since it seems people on here didn't like the price. It is pretty dorm/hostel-ish. The rooms are very tastefully modern but not comfortable. It is like staying in an extra bedroom at a yupster friend's house, and I do like the not-a-hotel feel (seriously, you'd think nice hotels would catch on). I enjoyed my stay, but I would opt for something more luxurious the next time around.

21/01/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
14. Adrian B.
My first stay at an Ace Hotel and I was very pleased. I'm a big fan of minimalist no-frill design and the Ace in Seattle captures it perfectly. The free breakfast was a huge bonus as well. My only gripes were a weird smell in my room which I quickly got used to after a few minutes and the noise that comes from the bar down below. I consider myself pretty low maintenance so I wasn't really bothered by any of it but I know it's not going to be for everyone.

01/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Maeve C.
I stayed here when I was fresh off the plane with no job or place to live - hehe.  And unfortunately my plane was delayed and I got in quite late, and was greeted with a little 8.5x11 sign on the door about a number to call.  It was not an altogether pleasant welcome to Seattle, but it all worked out.  someone came out to meet me, and helped me lugg my suitcases up the steep steps to the dark but well decorated lobby.  And I settled into my room which was minimalist and a little funky.  It was a really fun place to stay - a little cooler than most of what you'll find at this price range, but the trade off is the shared bathroom.  Though the bathrooms aren't shared in the dormitory sense, they're just clustered in the center of the hotel so you have a private bath and a locking door when you're getting ready.

16/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Chloe B.
Think of the Ace Hotel as more of an experience rather than a destination hotel.  It's in a great neighborhood, it is very clean and modern, it's a lot like my dorm room in college.
Also, the prices are very affordable about 1/3  less then anything like the W or Hotel Monaco (I disagree with the prices the other reviewer was talking about).
If you are planning on being out and about in the city this is a great place to stay, but if you are into laying low in the hotel room all day you this is not the place for you (small rooms, shared bathrooms, tiny tv's).
I've stayed here are few times and the service has always been great and they have the best continental breakfast I've ever had.

01/01/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. CS Y.
i really don't want to say anything negative about the ACE because I really enjoy a lot about the ACE in Portland and the ACE in Palm Springs is constantly heralded by my friends but I have to say that this place is not for those over 30. perhaps i'm spoiled more than i care to admit but the room felt like college, the hotel dingy and the amenities nonexistent. i don't want to call to the front desk for a hair dryer. i don't want an itchy blanket that looks cool but feels terrible and i don't want a depressing view. i think it's time to come to terms with the fact that i am at an age when i prefer luxury to hipster. what willl become of me?

21/07/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
18. Brandi S.
I wanted to like this place. We stayed for three nights and I was excited to book the room since the style of the hotel was far more up our alley than a floral B&B or a Motel 6. We were happy with the first impressions. Our room was decent sized and bright on a corner with two windows (it's one pictured on their website) and with a Shepard Fairey wall. The beds are full sized which made sleeping comfortably a little difficult, but there wasn't much sleep happening in that room. The room was above a bar, with a loading/delivery zone on one corner and a bus stop on the other. The noise was staggering and continued all through the night and into the morning. Also the glowing light from the hall showing through the window above the door was annoying and I never saw it turned off. The next day we requested to move (and in fairness the staff we dealt with were very nice and accommodating) but we were unable to move until the following night because the hotel was full. On a plus side, the shared bathrooms were never an issue finding one free, and the breakfast did include coffee, tea, fresh waffles, toast, granola, juice, yogurt and apples. There are also piles of good magazines available for guests, and robes in the rooms to use. The second night I slept slightly better because I used earplugs (which I do not find an acceptable solution). The third night we were moved to a smaller interior room which was considerably quieter (we downed out the music we could still hear with the fan) and it was across the hall from the bathrooms. This room, without any decor, definitely felt like a "nice" dorm room. However we did sleep better. All in all I would recommend this hotel if you are traveling alone or with friends and do not plan on doing much sleeping, or perhaps you have loud roommates who come home drunk and play loud music all the time. The location is good for walking to attractions like the space needle and the market, and we did find a few good restaurants nearby. I just don't know if I would stay here again.

01/04/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
19. Mike A.
Stayed at the Ace recently on business and introduced a Japanese and Chinese client to the hotel style of share bath, a bit awkward for them at first.

We all had great reviews. Quaint envionrs, great location and price was right. The shared bathroom/shower was very convenient.

Love the fresh coffee available in room and the continental breakfast.

The front desk staff were great in give parking and local food tips.

Look forward to staying on my next vacation visit to Seattle.

28/11/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. Sean K.
My ex-Seattle buddy (by that, formerly Seattle, still a buddy) recommended this place on a trip to the Northwest. The price is right, location close to everything you need, and the staff very cool. In short, a Seattle boutique hotel worth staying at. Ultra-minimalist decor that won't make you claw your eyes out-- in fact, it's nicely done. Amiee at the front desk is a great guide to the surrounding environs and fellas, let's face it, is quite easy on the eyes. Everyone who works here is really friendly and helpful. I'll be back!

11/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. M T.
We stayed here for two days at the beginning of September, and it was great--totally chill with just enough interest in us as guests to remind us that were in a hotel and not our apartment. Love the furniture, love the art, love the location (easy access to everything,) love the thumbed-through copy of the Kama Sutra with the complimentary condom on the nightstand. As much as I heart the hotel, I have to be honest and say that it is showing its age and could use some refurbishing. Our private bath definitely needed to be spiffed up (the sink looked worn out, the soap dispenser was gungy, the towels were a bit threadbare) and the bedframe was looking a little worse for wear. It's still a really cool hotel with a mellow, unpretentious vibe and I'll continue to make it my first choice when I head to Seattle.

02/10/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
22. Inga R.
Clean, conveniently located and a great breakfast are just some of the highlights of this former hostel turned "hip B&B"

I chose this place for the design and decor and especialy the price.
At under 100 a night, I was able to double my stay in the Emerald City.

You do have a choice between shared baths and private (which double the cost) but at 5 baths to 20 or so rooms there was never a queue.

Make sure you hit up the breakfast treats in the "Ace Space" before heading out on your urban adventures.

03/01/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
23. Jess R.
We stayed here based on the reviews and we were slightly disappointed.  The price is the same as the Edgewater or other Hotels in the area and the comfort level is far from the same.

The bed was quite hard and the walls are paper thin.  At 7 in the morning the walls shook and it sounds like a jackhammer was going off right outside out door.  It happened a couple more times throughout the morning as well.

The room we stayed in had a cool feature in that the bathroom (which costs extra to have your own private bath) was behind a rotating wall.  
The continental breakfast until noon was nice too.  Not having to get up early was a plus.   We had a room on 1st Ave and it was a little loud but manageable if you are used to that kind of thing.  

I highly doubt I will ever stay there again and i probably wouldn't recommend it to friends as the price is just not right for what you get.

14/01/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
24. Dan L.
The standard room we first landed in was small. Barely enough room to swing a cat around, after depositing bags etc. The bed was also small - I think a double. What with the minimalistic approach they've taken, it was depressing - it felt like a bad mix of prison cell, nun's cell, boarding school and a residential hotel, with the little sink in the room. Thankfully, the BF was very accomodating and we were able to switch to one of the larger rooms with a kink size bed in. For me, the rooms are a little barren and white feeling, so I'm not sure I'd rush to stay here again...I like modern, but I prefer something a little more colorful and funky. I think the standard rooms are a better bet for singles - if you're a couple and can afford it, the larger rooms with en suite bathrooms are a better bet.

14/10/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
25. Krista T.
Brilliant. Its a euro-hostel style place to sleep and keep your stuff while you check out the fantastic city they call Seattle.
The locaiton is great, the rooms are interesting, clean and simple and the rates are cheap!
Don't expect a turndown service, concierge help or fluffy robes. Its fairly minimalist, but you are provided with the basics that keep you comfy. The kitchen downstairs offers a great tea and coffee selection and a pretty good continental breakfast.
You have a choice of a room with a private bath or using the shared bath in the front of the hotel. I was skeptical at signing up for this, but was pleasantly surprised to find that there were about six HUGE bathrooms to share. I never waited in line! All single and private with tons of counter space and amenaties.

26/02/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
26. Jennifer M.
Stayed here on my very first trip to Seattle and it was perfect!! Although the rooms were a bit plain (I know they were going for the minimalistic approach), the location could not be beat. It is located within walking distance to everything:
Space Needle- about three blocks away
Pike's Market- about two blocks away
Downtown- about two blocks away

Each room has a either Shepard Fairey or Kaws artwork and very contemporary furniture. They also offer complimentary breakfast.

hint: you can choose between having a room with a bathroom or for a little less, you can have a communal bathroom shared among 5 other rooms

31/05/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Ella B.
We stayed at the Ace in Oct 2006 - our 2nd time in the Emerald City.  It's a very convenient location and we loved the low-key minimalist deco.  (A large departure from our first trip where we stayed by the water at a 4 star hotel).  

We could have stayed at one of those "stuffy" 4-5 star places for about the same price, but we decided to go more "modern" this time and we did not regret it.  
We chose the shared baths b/c we were there for 4 nights and that adds up!  but the bathrooms were clean and we never encountered a line - personally i would recommend flip flops, but that's just me.  The staff was super helpful and LOVED the Cyclops bar & Marinca Bakery; also that we were a 5-7 min walk from all the bars and restaurants - not to mention just a few blocks from all the other key sites in Seattle.

We also dig that there wasn't a bible in our room but other things instead... definitely made our stay fun!  :)

The breakfast was pretty decent, cereal, juice, toast, just enough to get you started and still have room to enjoy all the great food in Seattle.  

I would definitely stay there again.

20/06/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
28. Brian E.
Another great find in Belltown - great staff and close to everything - no a/c but who needs it in Seattle

11/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. Brian K.
I was really underwhelmed by the Ace when I stayed there recently. When I arrived, they charged me $14 for toothpaste and a toothbrush, the room was cool and stylish, but hadn't been updated since the hotel was built. The soap dispensers in the shower and the shower itself were dirty, as was the grout surrounding the sink. The shower was old and plastic. Super cheap and not cool at all. The bathroom is disproportionately large for the size of the room and the view was a cement wall. The cafe with free breakfast was cool, but not too cool was the CNN/FOX-blaring TV. The cool leather chairs were cracked and you could see the stuffing of the cushion and the light beams in through the window above the door. Only on the second night did I realize I could go into the hallway and dim the lights. I paid a fairly substantial amount ~$200 and just didn't feel like I got much value for the price. The design is super cool - they just need to fix broken chairs, keep the place tidy and cleaner.

09/11/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
30. Zane M.
Cool, hip, urban boutique hotel.  Super noisy the street so they moved me to an inner room.  Not bad value for the price.

28/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. Lily P.
The Ace was great! The staff were friendly and helpful. The staff offered help-brought us wine glasses when the noticed we had bought a bottle and were attentive to any of our needs. Breakfast of waffles, yogurt & granola in the morning along with Stumptown coffee and tea was a treat. The location was particularly great-walking distance to the Olympic sculpture gardens, Black Bottle, The Pike & the Space Needle. Can't wait to stay at another Ace!

22/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Justin G.
I love this place! 12pm checkout and the best free continental breakfast ever. It goes from early till 11 in the morning. They have this great self-serve waffel iron with perfectly portioned cups of batter and timer. The staff is very friendly, the rooms are clean and modern. It's also in a great location really close to the piers. It also has a bar next door. There is also a complimentary dong-bag on the night stand in case you feel like knocking boots. It kind of has a hostel feel, but for the price you can't beat it.

26/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
33. Bruce C.
A perfectly good hotel. But my room was insanely noisy from street noise on the weekend. Harleys firing up at 2 am, loud drunks.

22/08/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
34. Mike R.
We booked a room with the shared bathroom and it was truly an AMAZING experience.  I really didn't know what to expect.. I kept thinking.. 6th grade camp where you wait in line.. and wait.. and wait for an opening.  Not the case here.. didn't have to wait at all for a bathroom.  Had no problems at the ACE.. checking in/out was a breeze, the rooms were nice and clean.  OBEY posters everywhere.  We stayed in the 2nd floor corner room (Rm 117 i think) right above the Cyclops bar.. it could get kinda loud but we didn't have any problems sleeping.  The only beef I have is that parking for the hotel is about a good 3-4 blocks away and in the freezing cold it could seem like 20 blocks (minus 1 star).

The hotel is located in Belltown which is a hip area in Seattle that has lots of bars and restaurants so you don't have to go far for nightlife.

08/05/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
35. Euni T.
It is what it says it is on their website "simple, stylish, and not too expensive."  It's located above a restaurant/bar so you do hear some noise at night depending on where your room is.  The first night was spent near the communal bathrooms in a small, white wall room that had a small flat pannel tv, a very uncomfy bed, a simple white desk, a sink/mirror, and nightstand with a kama sutra book and a condom sticking out of it. How funny is that.  

The next night, I was able to move to a room that had a view of the street.  Ofcourse, it was above the bar so it did get noisy at night but I wasn't getting in till late night anyways.  Those rooms are a little bigger but again, the noise. I thought I would have a problem with the communal bathrooms since I had never stayed at a hotel where i had to SHARE a bathroom but it wasn't as big of an issue.  The bathrooms were always clean and there was always one available when I needed to use it.

They lock the doors after a certain time during the nights but that's probably for the better considering that there's a bar downstairs.  All you need is your key to get in.  Also, I don't remember seeing an elevator so you have to drag your suitcase up the stairs to get to the front desk/rooms.  It's a very minimal but hip place to stay if you're on a budget.  I'd stay there again.  By the way, the kama sutra/condom combination are in every room. I had to ask.

13/10/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
36. Scott C.
noisy - really, I mean very noisy.
a bad smell in room (musty?  pet?)
no hangers
no hooks
bad air circulation (w windows closed)
bad mattress


08/06/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
37. Ben B.
great laid back style hotel. hipster paradise. dog friendly. great friendly staff. we had a corner room where you can sort of see the ocean and with the windows open it was really nice. it wasn't raining. I guess it's a pretty good rate for being downtown. it's a little bit like a hostel if you get the shared bathroom rooms.

07/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
38. Chris J.
Didn't enjoy my stay here. Horrible amount of street noise, no A/C and had to deal with the unexpected heat Seattle. I felt like the place was trying to skate by on it's Urban Outfitters-type decor  and skimped on the rest.  

I later found out that very few hotels of Seattle have A/C, and I should have realized that having a bar underneath our room would make for a nasty racket, so I cannot lay all the blame on the Ace Hotel. I should have done more research and found out that it wasn't the place for me. Although, unlike other folks I didn't find the staff all that accommodating or helpful.

26/01/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
39. Sarah C.
I have zero complaints about this hotel; the only reason it gets 4 stars instead of 5 is that it can't hold a candle to the Portland location's incredible style. Still, the Seattle location also is well-located, reasonably priced, clean, and has fun and artsy touches. The staff is friendly and good at making recommendations around town. I didn't want to pay for my own bathroom, but the community bathrooms leave nothing to be desired: large, spotless, and they have cool music piped in from the lobby through a speaker on the wall! I never had to wait for a bathroom. The breakfast is also great, with fresh granola and Stumptown coffee.

23/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
40. Isabel C.
I love, love, love Ace Hotel. As a web designer, this hotel is a dream come true. Everything is white, in right angles, and has modified round edges. So Swiss. So clean. Ah so much white space.

The exposed brick walls are painted white, the nightstand is a frosted plastic light cube, the chair in the room is an Eames-inspired rocking chair with Eiffel legs, and every room has different art work on the walls. Downstairs in the kitchen there is coffee and tea 24/7, a white vending machine, and laundry and dryer!

As a New Yorker visiting Seattle for the first time to meet her boyfriend who she hasn't seen in 12 days (read: dry spell), we stayed up quite late. The next day the housekeeper thoughtfully left 2 condoms in the room. The following day the housekeeper knocked on the door. Holding up a pair of hot pink, leopard print thong underwear, she asked me, "Is this yours? I found it in a bunch of towels and thought maybe you lost it?" Isn't that just SO thoughtful? (The pair of thongs did not belong to me).

The boys in the front desk and the one gal I chatted with are superb. They and the hotel are definitely the only crew that has style in an otherwise pretty cheesy part of town with a dragging night scene which I compare to a deserted meat-packing district but without the transvestites and pigeons. Thus, boring.

BTW, the rates at the Ace are really good too.

14/10/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
41. Shannon S.
Let's Talk About How The Ace Hotel Was Full Of Awesome.

I needed a hotel that didn't cost me a bizzilion dollars because I had to convince my boyfriend to please please please let's go to Seattle and have awesome times in the Pacific Northwest. So, off I go with my research hat on and find out I can stay at the Ace Hotel for $99 -- so I'm stoked right, and it doesn't sound so bad having to share a bathroom because the space looks hip & cool. So, we arrive in Seattle, check into the Ace Hotel and find out a couple of other cool things that I didn't know.

One.) They Offer a Complimentary Breakfast --toast, granola, jams, butter, coffee, etc.  
Two.) There are a Bunch of Free Local Magazines in the Lobby which Rock, so that's helpful when you're killing time or trying figure out where you want to go for the evening!
Three.) The Showers were never busy and there are quite a few to share, so no worries about that.
Four.) The desk personal were great to talk to, played great music & were helpful pretty much all the time.
Five.) Andre Has a Posse, at the Ace Hotel.
Six.) Condoms & A Kama Sutra -- Classy.

Love the eames chairs, minimalist appeal, and the fact that Belltown was such an awesome abeit loud place to me (you may want to make good use of the earplugs they provide you!) Wonderful stay -- be sure to hit up the Macrina Bakery across the street for the best bread I've ever, ever tasted.

17/10/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Simone G.
Had the room with a private bath and moveable wall.  Truly marinaded in the ambiance and vibe of the place. Generated a very hip, eclectic and mod aura. Grabbed some pizza across the street and had a nice breakfast in the morning downstairs. The front desk staff, Ed, was superbly accommodating, kind, polite and intelligent-which is rare. Ed deserves an accolade  because he was a positive, contributing factor to the memorable impression I had of my stay. Shell out the dough, make some memories, enjoy the stay.

01/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Lisa Y.
I stayed at the Ace Hotel during a business conference. This boutique  hotel has a very non-descript entrance, but overall I found it to be very clean and the staff very helpful. This isn't a business hotel, but it does have reliable, free wifi and an on-site ATM. The hotel is just a few blocks from the Bell Harbor conference center.

The Ace decor is minimalist mixed with some quirky northwest wood elements. Reading material in my room included both the Bible and a Kama Sutra pillow book. It seems that each room is a little different in terms of decor and layout. My room reminded me a bit of a dorm room outfitted from IKEA,  but it was functional. Maid service is by request and a light breakfast was available.

The negative for me was a large staircase to the lobby which is daunting when you're hauling luggage.

03/06/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
44. Merrill N.
Probably in my top five favorite hotels ever - and boy oh boy, have I traveled a lot!  Everything is simple, wonderful, and artistic.  The rooms are clean, and the decor is just... well, look at the pictures.  It's not the place to go if you're all frou frou and love to be pampered.  Too bad for you!  Go if you want the basics and appreciate minimalism.

05/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
45. Laura W.
Loved it.  Stayed in the OBEY room.  It was not noisy- or maybe the noise was beneficial to my sleeping habits.  The room was clean, the bathroom was clean and the staff was super helpful.  The kind of staff that you leave and wish you could just usurp them as friends. (if only life were that simple). Also, the continental breakfast was super yummy, and saved me some breakfast dollars.  Stayed in April, so did not notice lack of air conditioning.

15/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
46. Ruth N.
The Ace is fantastic! Personally, it's a 5 star, but I recognize a few things that might be a downside to others.  Now, allow me to address the concerns first of all, and why I think they're no big deal.

1.) It's up stairs.  1 flight of wide, clean, clear and easily climbed hardwood stairs.  If you pack like you're moving in then you'll have to carry all your crap up once and down once.  Get over it.  If, however, you use wheels to get around then you'll likely be out of luck.  We had carry-on luggage and had no problems.

2.) Street noise.  If you are not accustomed to the sound of traffic then you will have a rough time sleeping here without ear plugs.  The building is old, with large windows, and is located downtown.  That's why you want to stay here, right?  Get some ear plugs or learn to love the sounds of being in a city.

3.) Shared toilets.  In the central area of this building you will find a whole bunch of single-seater private, locking restrooms, most with showers.  Each is sparkling clean, and if you happen to find one that isn't you can just step into the one next to it.  Rarely are they in use.  Lovely music is piped in and all necessary showering products are free in dispensers in the shower stalls.  You may wish to wear flip flops if you packed them, although I didn't and I was fine. A bathrobe is provided, but will not cover very tall or chubby/fat people well enough.  Just walk down the hall in your jammies, you'll be fine.  I never even crossed paths with anyone while I was there!

4. Parking is a few blocks away.  Hey, listen up.  You're in an amazing city with great public transportation.  Ditch your car and explore a little!

We stayed at The Ace for my 30th birthday in early December and had a great time.  There is a reason that this hotel has condoms in every room with mini Kama Sutra books available at the front desk: it's sexy.  Clean lines, sparse yet functional design, lots of white space, and big windows out over the city streets make this a great place sleep, explore and shag.

It's an easy walk from many of the best sites in Seattle, with cabs and busses right nearby.  Stop for great bakery across the street, or walk up to the Pike Marketplace.  Jazz clubs are 2 blocks away.  Babeland (to supplement your sexy stay) is a short cab ride, or a strenuous uphill hike, and very worth the effort.

28/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
47. Tim N.
This is one of the coolest hotels in the world. I got corner room 107, which is noisy but fun, with lots of excellent Shepard Fairey stuff on the walls. Everyone is friendly and helpful from the front desk to house keeping. The Belltown location is pretty good with lots nearby and an easy walk down to Pike/Pine. Cyclops downstairs is a decent spot for pint of serious ale and/or some good whiskey and a weird conversation with a stranger. I even got my haircut at Rudy's around the corner - also friendly and fun. I will definitely stay here next visit.

08/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
48. christy c.
Loved this place. Loved the location.
Stayed here years ago when it first opened...gotta admit, the revolving WALL revealing the bathroom is AWESOME.

Can't wait to return. Love Seattle. Love Washington. Love the Ace Hotel.

25/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
49. Nicole P.
Poor Seattle was going through a heat wave when we visited the Ace. Being from LA, I am no stranger to heat. However, a hotel should provide at the MINIMUM, a fan. It would be an understatement to say that the room felt like an oven.

We couldn't win. Sleeping with the window open let all the noise from the bar downstairs in. Sleeping with the window closed caused me to sweat in places I didn't know possible.

The kicker? The mouse that was co-habitating in our room. I would have loved that mouse if he was there delivering a fan. He just pooped little droppings and ran under the door.

Yep. That's gross. I do want to note that despite the bad experience front desk people were both very helpful. After staying in the Portland hotel, with such attention to detail and ammenities, I can't believe the Belltown location is part of the chain.

04/08/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
50. Dorothy V.
Located right in the heart of Belltown... Showcased pure simplicity.
Room 117 is the best room in the hotel: Has windows on two walls which provides a great view point for people watching and eaves-dropping on the drunkards at the bar below. =)

The room is peacefully simple.  Stark white walls, door, windows, closet, bed, sink, tiny tv, simple wall decor, the end.  Where in the hell is the bathroom?

The community bathrooms are located down the hall.  Incredibly clean, strong, sturdy toilets, lots of counter space and outlets, with high ceilings.  PERFECTO!

The first night, we were FAREEZING!  (Seattle in January... YOU do the math.) We slept in our coats, bracing ourselves as we slept.  The second day, we found a tiny heater under a table. EUREKA!  

My only gripe is for the hotel parking.  It's about 3 blocks away.. just doesn't make any sense.

FOR ME....The BEST part of the hotel were the room keys.  They didn't offer you one of those electronic swiper thingys.. It was good a old fashioned brass key with our room number on it. SIGH! How refreshing!  ADDITIONALLY, they lock the front door at midnight; so if you're out partying till the wee hours in the morning, they give you a key for the front door as well.

ridiculously clean
old fashioned with a modern, edgy twist
great views
walking distance from bars and nightlife

inconspicuous heater

09/05/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
51. Tim B.
Like a really expensive hostel: Plain dirty, noisy, and cheaply furnished. The staff is uber friendly, but hey this is Seattle. Plus, no elevator and the rooms are all on different floors; so if you have a lot/large luggage have fun. We were so grossed out by the whole experience, we canceled our reservation after one night and stayed at the lovely Hyatt for $20 more a night--so worth it.

27/11/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
52. Kitty P.
Actually heard myself say to the person at the front desk, "All hotels should be this hotel."  It's like I dorked right out, right there in the communal hallway.

But it's true - everything said here is spot on.  Too bad it is so noisy, especially with the rooms facing the street (we were in 104), yet I so enjoyed rocking in an Eames chair, hanging out the window, waiting for my man to come home and tell me we're moving to Panama.  

Ideal for a weekend get away, not so much if you have to get up early for a job interview downtown.  We got in last minute after talking to the W, who wanted $395 for the night.  

Don't upgrade for an en suite bath - not worth it. The communal showers are clean and always available.

My favorite part was the bent stainless steel shelves. Scathingly, functionally formed...perfect.

25/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
53. Alysia A.
the ace is cloyingly hip, like the time you were pmsing and so you glugged down a yoohoo and then your guts became tentacles that writhed and stung at will.  the ace seattle is weensy hip, a hipster dollhouse complete with tiny swedish people milling around in half dress on the weird astro turf hallway to the five showers that are definitely not in our ticky tacky rooms.

the staff is as expected, mildly bored in that seattle way with punches of x-treme friendliness and helpfulness. the concierge (well i mean what do they call them at a place like ace? whatever the case, i don't think they are esteemed members of Les Clefs d'Or) in the morning hours was a small man with blue eyes that tracked me like a hawk and a smile cut out with razors. he was sweet if sweet means eyes made out of blue magnets. he fetched me a shirt for the handsome date and then fairly hollered at me "i really like your CRA-MAM-MA-MAM (for those of you reading at home, he meant my chrysanthemum tattoo). i am an AVID FAN of tattoos". while twirling my key on my finger i said "oh? do you not have any yet?"

oh sweet lord of lords he then said "oh yes i have some" while slowly pulling down his blouse exposing the most fucking intense and scary owl with huge battle ready wings. i gasped for just long enough for him to go on to say "i am not done! i plan to get it colored in and...(a long dramatic pause that looked oh so very shakespearean) the eyes will be like...SEARCHLIGHTS LOOKING OUT". i was dumbfounded but had the good horse sense to warn the boy about his future sex life with that owl staring down at a potential innocent because the owls they go for blood, man.

i also had some political shit to say about the all white dress code on the housekeeping staff but i am too tired from sex to get into that shit right now. trust me, it was jarring as hell.

and another thing! so not accessible. dumb.

12/09/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
54. Jennifer N.
The Ace was great! The room was clean, the bed was comfy and the sheets felt soft. The room was a little warm (radiator heating in an old building) but that made it more pleasant when we came back from our rainy walks. The staff was so nice! The icing on the cake was the Stumptown coffee. We're from PDX and that made us feel even more at home. We'll definitely be back!

21/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
55. Jack T.
We stayed in several different rooms here: some of the pricier ones with private bathrooms and one of the smaller rooms right above the bar. The staff warned us that the small room would be really noisy, and whoa, they were right. Not a big deal if you're going to be staying out at the bars all night anyway, but if you want to sleep, you'd better end up in one of the rooms at the back of the building.

The staff was extremely friendly and helpful and the rooms were comfortable (despite the noise).

My favorite room was the one with the glass wall behind the bed, separating the shower from the sleeping area. Soooo coool!

04/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
56. Laura P.
We stayed in a room with a private bath, since we weren't picking up the tab ourselves.  The last time we stayed here 8 years ago, we stayed in a room with the shared bath.  It doesn't look like much had changed at the Ace.  They offer a complimentary breakfast (toast, Costco yogurt- careful, my husband got sick from his) and granola) and tea and coffee available at any hour in the kitchen.  Belltown is fun, but LOUD esp. at 2 am when the bars close.  Our room faced an alley and had a sliver view of the Sound, but still it was noisy on the weekend.  The location can't be beat (great restaurants, yummy Macrina, and a short distance to the fab Sculpture Park).

update:  I forgot to mention the awesome scroll hanging in the lobby.  Great references to pinoy nurses.

04/07/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
57. Eugene K.
Had a deluxe room here and it really wasnt anything special. Maybe we it was one of the more 'normal' furnished rooms, but didnt feel it had the charm that Ace Hotels are known for.

Biggest complaints were that the sink was tiny with no room for your toiletries and the shower was a little on the grimy side. Also, there is a bar directly beneath the hotel, so it got pretty noisy at night, especially around 2am. I'm usually drunk and passed out face first on the bed when im traveling, so if the noise was still noticeable to me it means its pretty bad.

Oh and wtf is up with the tiny novelty travel-pak tissues you get instead of a box of kleenexes? At what they charge, why do i have to blow my snotty nose on rough-ass tissues with $100 bill images printed on them?

29/06/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
58. Mohammad G.
prime location, clean, affordable, parking lot nearby. nice rooms, nice details.
ill stay here foreva eva when in seattle.

30/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
59. Aaron I.
Got the room with the wood wall and skinny mirror that goes from the front door to the window, which is like 30 feet?  This was long skinny room, as you enter the room to the right is the long wood mirror wall and to the left is a sliding door to the bathroom.  Passing the bathroom you will find the platform bed facing the a rustic couch, desk, wall-mounted flat screen and a medium sized window.  Above the bed there were four back lit stacks of National Geographic, artsy and useful.  The room is very impressive, but the bathroom was actually just a four star.  The shower reminded me of some new condo complex shower, it was just blah, no character.

The lobby is ultra kewl.  First you will enter the hotel and find a staircase, suspenseful.  As you arrive at the top, there will be a front desk not so special, but when you turn to your left you see this long white room with high ceilings lit by a natural light from a moon roof and a long skinny tableau surrounded by chairs.  This room is straight out of dwell mag.  

They have a cafeteria!!!!!  I love it.  You can get free breakfast, Stumptown coffee, tea, yogurt, granola, waffles, fruit, cereal.  It seats like 15?  Read the paper, catch the news on the flat screen or just lounge it up.

Awesome friendly service.  Also it would have been a five, but the Ace in Portland beats this Seattle location out, it just has a few more style points.

26/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
60. Kyle V.
great staff. had a queen with a partial water view. the room wasnt dirty, but did not feel very clean either. no ipod dock...really?. bathroom was pretty gross. the location seemed to be good, but i don't really know where else to go in seattle. kind of disappointed all in all.

22/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
61. Joshua H.
was very nice stay. the first night the hotel comped me a free room because it was a slow night and the second night upgraded our group to 2 queens for more space for free. would definitely come back here again.

06/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
62. Gene D.
Congratulations are in order to Ace Hotel for their new deal in Manhattan! Now I can drop Habitat like an old sweater and move right into 29th Street!

New York is going to love Rudy's too. Wall streeters with buzz cuts are going to be the rage in 2008.

08/12/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
63. Sabrina I.
I can see how this might not be the best place to stay in a heat wave (no air conditioning or fans), but I doubt Seattle has them often.

I'm always a bit skeptical about "hostel" type places, but this one was great. I didn't mind the shared bathroom situation at all - in fact, I never ONCE ran into a single other person in the hallway. It was pretty quiet inside the hotel overall.

The street can be pretty loud - lots of disturbed people yelling (there's a clinic nearby) and bar patrons from Cyclops Bar below. Definitely just ask for a room that's quiet, off the main street and you should be fine. The hotel is in the middle of Belltown - sort of a hipster haven, a little industrial feeling, with a coupla nice looking bars & restaurants.

We were right around the corner from Mars Hill Church, which we were curious to check out. To give you a feel for the neighborhood, the church had a security guard out front. So, it's not the best.

Anyway, first impressions:

-STAIRS (a lot of them) are not really the first thing you want to see upon opening the door to a hotel carrying heavy bags. What can ya do tho. I'm sure space is at a premium downtown. Not a lot of room for fancy elevators in what is essentially a hostel.

-FRONT ENTRANCE was bustling due to a bar / restaurant right on the sidewalk. Their patio nearly hides the door to the hotel, so you always feel like you're walking into the middle of a house party when coming "home" each night. It was a nice feeling actually.

-FRONT DESK at the top of the stairs was minimalist but functional. Guy at the counter looked to be a student - laid back, young, friendly and helpful enough (not as bitter and jaded as most hotel staff often become). Guidebooks and magazines were offered in the lobby at a long table just next to the desk.

-HALLWAYS were quiet, seemed fairly clean. Little icons on the walls directed you to the continental breakfast area, showers, phone, etc.

-ROOMS were just big enough for a desk, a bed, a side table and a tiny little stainless steel sink with mirror. Decor is very CB2 modern. The Andre the Giant Obey image was billboarded all over the wall where a headboard normally would have been. Bed itself was comfortable enough, and the room seemed clean. Carpet was industrial style and not offensive in any way, OCD-wise.

-BREAKFAST was basically Kirkland (Costco) yogurts, cereal and coffee. All were a nice addition to the relatively affordable stay.

-BATHROOMS were always empty, very, very basic - mostly tile and stainless steel everything. No frills. They did offer towels, washclothes and robes in the room. Shampoo / conditioner, soap in the bathrooms. Aside from a few stray hairs in the shower (gross), you mostly don't know you are sharing a bathroom.

-AMBIANCE: Music was pumped into the bathrooms. Little radio next to the bed had a place to plug in your ipod. Nice touches for us young folks.

I would definitely recommend the Ace to anyone under the age of 35 on a budget.

08/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
64. Jessica S.
Cute hotel near the ferry and the free breakfast is nice. A lttle too minimalist in the decor for my taste and the room was small but a good value for the cost and location.

31/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
65. Michael D.
I came here for business and did a very last minute reservation for a standard room. I believe I was given the most absolute worst room in the building. It was the size of a prison cell and deeply resembled one. I was mostly working form the hotel so it mattered more to me than someone who is only stopping in to sleep. I got a great rate, but it really made me uncomfortable HOWEVER the staff was aware of the size and switched me to a larger room as soon as one opened up. It was SO much better!

Overall - the staff is great and took care of everything all the time. They were super-chill people who you could actually talk to. The whole vibe of the joint is a little quirky, but that makes it special, right?!

My biggest suggestion: make a note to avoid the interior standard rooms at all costs. Those are the prison cells and you may not be happy (unless you don't plan on hanging out at the hotel much)

And if you can - ask for the large rooms. Each is different than the others and have really cool funk-a-tude.

17/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
66. Madame M.
I have stayed at the Ace-Seattle and I have enjoyed my stay each time.  It is in a good location, close enough to Pikes Market to walk and close enough to the Ferry should one want to go to Victoria BC.  The staff is nice, the bathrooms are clean, and the standard rooms are moderately priced (if you book in advance of course)

My only beef with Ace is that the beds in their standard rooms are very uncomfortable and way too hard.  Also their choice of blankets and bed linen are very scratchy and uncomfortable.  It feels like a military blanket.  I often need to bring my own so I can sleep.

Tips when staying at Ace--SEATTLE

1. Do not get a room facing the street or you will need to use the earplugs they provide to drown out the noise from the loud bars below in order to sleep.
2. Bring an extra blanket or pillow in winter.

If they simply change the beds I would stay at Ace more often.

13/01/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
67. Daveeed R.
I've stayed at the Ace hotel twice on two separate visits to Seattle. The main selling point was the price for me since I was going to be in town for a while.

The standard queen (or double twin if you have a friend) is a virtually unbeatable deal for the price (80-120) considering the location. The downside of course: no in-room bathrooms. But!  I was willing to take the walk down the hall to their insanely clean bathrooms, for a savings of  500 dollar over the duration of my trip.

Like many reviewers said before me, their breakfast is one of the best I've ever had.  During my stay, there was plenty of bagels, coffee, waffle batter (and waffle maker!) granola, among an assortment of fresh fruits.

The neighborhood of Belltown which the hotel is in offers plenty of nightlife and dining options. The infamous public market is only a half mile away to the south, the space needle and music experience is only a little over a half mile to the north.

For the first timer to Seattle who wants to spend more on going out than they do on their hotel, this is the ideal spot to do it at.

04/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
68. John G.
Best hotel stay I've ever had.

Room was spacious, good view, loved the artwork on the wall, and the bed was comfy.

The shared bathrooms were cleaner than most bathrooms in a private room!

Breakfast in the morning was simple, but perfect.

The location is great. Easy to use public transport, close to the water, and easy to get to nightlife. And the decor is modern.

But I still haven't gotten to the best part. The folks at the front desk. I am sad I do not remember their names. When I got there, the woman who was working was sooooo nice. She smiled, chatted me up, made sure I had everything I needed, and when I wandered by a little later, stopped what she was doing and chatted me up some more, making sure the room was okay. I came back a little later and asked her about restaurants and bars. She said to come back in 15 or 20 minutes and she'd see what she could come up with (she wasn't real familiar with the gay bars in town). So I did. She had come up with a ton of restaurant choices all around the area of the city I was headed to. Plus mapped out all the bars for me. She didn't have to do that. Oh, and she called a cab for me.

Next morning the gentleman at the front desk was almost nicer than the woman from the night before. Chatted me up, asked me about my adventures, where I lived, etc. He had no problem letting me stash my bags while I went sightseeing that day, either (even though I'd already checked out).

And the price was good. I've paid way too much at other hotels and gotten a ton less. But the value here is great.

If I had more hands, I'd give it more than two thumbs up.

I can't wait to stay at another Ace Hotel in another city!

18/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
69. Nathan N.
As far as "no frills" hotels, they don't get better. With most rooms under $100/night, you have plenty of shared bathrooms and showers across the hall so in my 4 days here I never waited, and a sink an mirror in each room. Rooms have a bed, desk, chair, tv, shelves and snacks. Free Wifi which all hotels are charging these days for. Free breakfast from 6am-noon so you could probably sneak in as an early lunch too with make your own waffles, yogurt, granola, toast, fruit, oj, coffee and tea.
I'm sold on the Ace brand now and want to stay here whenever available.

16/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
70. Tanya B.
It pains me to write this update as the Ace is still one of the most fun, affordable options for the person who wants boutique feel without the price tag.  At $99/night for a shared bath the Ace is still a great deal in Seattle's close-to-everything Belltown.  

Unfortunately this time around I feel like the place is starting to look pretty beat up.  The pretty wooden stairs are showing some wear and tear.  There are scuff marks all over the off-white matte finish desk area.  The rooms and bathrooms seem a bit worn down and not as clean as they usually have in the past.  Nothing a sanding and new coat of paint couldn't fix but it definitely gives the impression of the place being a little more shabby  than it gave in the past.

19/01/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
71. Chun-Hui W.
I stayed in the rooms with a bathroom-
I like how they emphasize being different.
in the first room i had, the shower was behind the bed, separated by a glass wall and I had a mini outdoor porch area.
the 2nd room I had, the shower and toilet had a sliding closet door as a door partition between them(also with a glass wall toward the bed).
so if you're going by yourself or as a couple, awesome
- if you're going with a friend, reserve the individual dorm rooms or get a room with twin beds or else you'll be seeing your friend taking a steamy shower.

breakfast was very basic, cereal and waffles with milk and orange juice or you can just grab the cliff breakfast bars and water bottles that they provide in the room if you're on the go.

I do think that with the price, they should provide just a little more with the breakfast and/or more things in the room.

The hotel is in a good location in the middle of belltown which is within stumbling distance of all the nightlife woohoo! Big points for that.
Also it's within walking distance of Pikes market and the rest of downtown.

DO NOT use the parking lot they offer. It is 2 blocks away and close to being under a highway where you sometimes see homeless people hanging around. I was walking to my car and witnessed a car being broken into. I walked passed and reported it to nearby policemen at a Starbucks.

*Seattle visitor tip*
There are lots of self park- parking lots. From the last 3 times I've visited, some homeless and criminals will pose as parking lot attendants and get you a parking ticket at the price shown. The only benefit to them is that they know exactly how long you are going to be away from your car so they have time to break in. I'm really surprised that Seattle police or even media haven't exposed and fixed the problem.

If you have a car, park in one of the lots along a major street(like 1st), there's free parking on Sundays along the street.

04/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
72. Stacey H.
I've stayed at the Ace at least 3 times.  It's cute, in a good location and they have stumptown coffee.  I enjoyed my last few stays, but it was kind of gross last time.

The room was really dirty- the sheets seemed clean, but the bed skirt had a variety of stains.  The wool blanket was so dusty we threw it in the corner (dust puffed out of it, gross)

The king sized bed was really uncomfortable.  Other rooms had ok mattresses, so maybe this is the one bad one.

They used to have little bottles of nice shampoo and lotion.  Now they have big pump bottles of Rudy's products bolted to the shower.  No lotion, just a body wash with an aggressive licorice smell.

But, I do love the breakfast in the morning with the waffle bar (cute!) and toast and granola.  The cleaning lady seemed annoyed with everyone eating breakfast and turned on the tv so we could watch a Dyson vacuum infomercial.  Weird.

I would avoid staying in a room facing the street.  It was super hot because of the radiator and we had to keep with windows open- we heard drunk people yelling/ talking on cell phones all night.

The people at the front desk were really nice (they always are).  I like the aesthetic, I like the spinning wall/ bathroom door.  So maybe you just need to avoid the rooms that face 1st ave?

17/04/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
73. Art V. B.
Great location and friendly service. Breakfast is complimentary and you will get brewed Stumptown coffee. Just in case you have been away from Portland for too long. When you reserve try to get the room with two showers and the red curtain. It's cool.

13/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
74. Christian M.
This hotel has given me shelter as I can't fly home to NYC because of Hurricane Sandy. The Ace has character, comfortable beds, and an accommodating staff.

31/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
75. Nam H.
Location is probably best thing about the Ace.  Don't come here expecting much more.  Yes, the minimalist design is better than some chain hotel....but the quality of the materials are only average.  Bed is super soft and pillows were pretty crappy.

It will be noisy on a Sat night.  There's a bar downstairs and bars and restaurants all around the hotel.  Ask for ear plugs if you need to stop partying early to sleep.

If you didn't ride your bike there, there is street parking and parking lots nearby.  Front desk did not know where the nearest parking garage was.  I have a 2F2F car and was hesitant about parking on the street.  Ended up with food thrown all over it the next morning.  Closest garage I think is at 2nd ave and Stewart.

Also, no AC (room was toasty upon arrival) but it should cool down at night to open the windows for some fresh air.

25/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
76. Gary S.
I loved this place.

Started out a little rough, but the amazing staff accommodated our needs without hesitation. We were placed in a room in the front (above the bar) which made it impossible to sleep before 2:00am. It was a Monday, but apparently they usually aren't too loud on weekdays. The staff called the bartender, who decided to drag his drunk ass up the long flight of stairs, which turned into a heated argument between the two. Wow, what an awkward 2 minutes. Staff acknowledged this, called our room, and upgraded it for the night (in the quiet back).

Our first room (standard) was a nice cozy size (before the loud music started playing. Story above). Second room (the upgraded one) was huge! The meager heater wasn't able to warm the entire room. It had a nice big bathroom and a stylish brick wall. Our third room (we couldn't afford to stay in the upgraded room the entire time), was super small, we were barely able to fit all of our things in it (as we were here for a week), but it was directly across from the bathroom. The shifting around was a bit of a pain, but we were fine with it, especially since they gladly listened to our needs (we felt like big time naggy jerks). The standard room was the best deal, super clean and a nice size, and it's only $90/night. A sink is accompanied with all room.

Amazing. They are all very friendly and helpful with great recommendations (although Yelp was our primary source). They provided champagne on New Years Eve (in a can? nice!).

I only saw a bathroom occupied once or twice the entire time we were there. Sparkly clean with body soap/shampoo/conditioner provided in the showers. I wouldn't worry about wearing sandals in here, as the shower floor appeared twice as clean as mine at home. I think there were 5 bathrooms combined (4 with showers and 1 without).

Continental Breakfast (in the common space):
Milk, Soy Milk, coffee (decaf and regular), and tea (a plethora of fancy ones) and Orange juice are provided. Food included waffles (make your own in the waffle maker - crispy and fresh), yogurt, granola, toast (freshly toast your bread in the toaster).

Common Space:
Open day and night. Coffee and tea is provided. Vending machines, ice, microwave, and washing machine/dryers are available. Tables and chairs are placed throughout.  Flat screen TV and and a bowl of apples are supplied. There's a fridge, but it's locked. The staff will place left overs in it upon request.

Downtown, Pike's Place Market, Seattle Center (with the rock and roll museum, science fiction museum, etc.), ferry (to Bainbridge Island, British Columbia, etc.), bars, food, galleries, boutiques, and everything else you can imagine is all in walking distance. The bus system is amazing in Seattle (the free zone is about a block away). Taxi's are always extremely easy to catch in the area. Belltown isn't the best place to walk around by yourself at night (coming from San Francisco, this place seems like Beverly Hills), but it's not terrible. I'd at least pair up, though.

Can't beat it for $90/night (I think $160 for your own bathroom). You're not going to get room service and a fireplace, but for the authentic Seattle experience in a clean and aesthetically pleasing environment, the price is unbeatable.

Stay here. This place is awesome. Not good for kids, but if you want a nice relaxing spot to stay with your honey, this is the place. Don't forget to check out the condoms and the mini Karma Sutra book provided. If you plan on hitting the sack early, you might want to request a spot towards the back of the hotel, although the street view from the front is rather entertaining.

03/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
77. Kelly A.
Ace recently opened a location in NYC, and I've been meaning to get there, but haven't had a chance yet.  So it's very strange that my first Ace experience actually happened on the opposite coast of the country!  We were visiting friends in Portland, and we had requested a trip up to Seattle to check out the city.  Our friend booked the Ace Hotel, which was very serendipitous indeed!

The week before we left, I had called to request a change in my room from the shared bath room to one with a private bath.  The person told me I was all set, gave me the new price, and everything.  Then we got there, and they had no record of me ever calling!  That could have been very frustrating (I'm pregnant, and the idea of traipsing down the hallway to the bathroom five times during the night was NOT cool), but luckily they had a room with a private bath available, and at the same price they had told me on the phone.  Phew.

The hotel is minimalist at its best, as clean lines and refreshing art work abound.  The room was clean and the bed was comfortable.  Our friends, who were on the floor above us, said it was pretty loud at night, but we had an air conditioner in our room, and it must have drowned out all of the noise (in addition to keeping us cool as cucumbers).  I guess that's another benefit of getting a room with a private bath!

The breakfast was nice, as I enjoyed the DIY waffles.  But I just wanted some water to drink with them, and there was no water to be found.  There was orange juice and there was milk, there was tea and there was Stumptown coffee.  But there was no water.  Well, there was water in the vending machine.  But when I put my dollar bill in, the machine took it, and then claimed I gave it no money at all.  Fail.  So that was my only complaint with the breakfast, and had I not been pregnant, I would have been happy with the vast tea selection (but they were all caffeinated).

Anyways, the housekeeping staff was really friendly, as was the desk attendant.  We had a lot in common, since he was from MA originally, so it was nice to talk to him.  Overall this place gets a big thumbs up, and we'll definitely be staying at the Ace on our next trip to NYC.

08/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
78. Megan F.
I love this place! I call it my "Seattle home" as I visit Seattle several times a year and I don't feel right unless I'm staying here. From the cheapest rooms, where you have to share a shower down the hall, to the fanciest rooms that make you feel like a freaking rockstar -- Ace is the best! Their beds are the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in, their decor is just awesome, and the rooms are very minimalist but with everything a weary traveler could need.

The only negative: it's REALLY loud on Fridays and Saturdays -- there's a bar that plays loud music directly under the most affordable rooms, and there are a lot of drunken "whoohoo-ers" wandering beneath your window at night. To this day, the worst fight I've seen in my LIFE has taken place right outside the window to our room. BUT! That is to say, that's not the hotel's fault, just know that it's a lively neighborhood come night time.

The upside of the neighborhood is that EVERYTHING is within walking distance. Bars, restaurants, hair salons, etc. I wish I could live at the Ace Hotel in Belltown.

08/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
79. Melissa S.
My two girlfriends and I left the husbands at home and traveled around the Pacific Northwest (originally from Ohio). I went into this hotel not having done much research on it and loved it! We stayed in the one of the rooms that offered two queen beds with a bathroom attached. I will preference that i enjoy unique and eclectic finds and this definitely fit that mold for me. If you like basic chain hotels, this might not be your cup of tea. The room was very spacious and left us plenty of room to each find a spot to put our suitcases and spread out. The room had a desk, tv on the wall, long couch, chair, and built in cabinets. The wall against the beds had a mirror and a "how to" origami display. I almost wish they had provided us with origami paper. The bathroom was spacious as well. The shower could probably fit 5 people. There was a long bench and a cabinet that left more room than we needed.

Another great feature to this place is the location! We were able to walk everywhere. We walked to the Market, Baseball game, Pier, Space Needle, etc. The staff was very friendly and always willing to help answer any questions we had.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a unique place with character!

23/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
80. Krisi H.
The Ace Hotel is quite nice for the price. It has a rather European flavor in regards to size and layout; almost like a hostel.
It's in a good, walkable location and the staff is very nice and helpful.

Downside is that the rooms are noisy from all the bathroom vents (and I'm used to NYC noise) plus, the walls are paper thin which means you can hear your neighbors doing... well... everything you don't want to hear..!!

21/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
81. Elisabeth Y.
What a great spot, in a fun neighborhood. We stayed in one of the rooms that had a little private courtyard- a nice surprise. My one criticism of the hotel is that our room was super stuffy, so being able to open a door to the outside really helped to freshen things up.

In our room, the bathroom was behind what can only be described as a secret spinning wall... a change of pace from the usual, um, door you might find at other joints.

Breakfast is included- it's just really basic coffee/juice/toast, so don't expect anything fancy, just something to start your day off right.

As someone quite unfamiliar with Seattle, I found the little guide in the guest room to be extremely helpful, particularly the part where they provided directions to a great jogging route along the water.

The next time I'm in town, I will DEFINITELY stay at the Ace.

22/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
82. Amanda H.
I don't know why, but after reading all the reviews and seeing the pictures of this Hotel i was a little skeptical about staying here. Maybe it was because i was intimidated by the hip factor of this place and thought i would look frumpy and out of place in a sea of cool 20 to 30 somethings. Whatever the reasons, my irrational fears were shattered when i arrived at this hotel a few weeks back for my stay.

I was greeted by an adorable man with a bronx-esq accent? He was so sweet and informed me he had put me in the corner room overlooking the street. I walked into the room and was amazed with the size and decor. It was so beautiful i whipped out my camera and starting snapping photos straight away. The giant door/mirror/wall that separated the bathroom was extremely cool. We had a huge king sized bed and all the amenities one would hope for in a hotel. The dinning commons and the overall community feel of the hotel was so different than i am used to, being from the standoffish city of los angeles, and i found it to be a real nice change of pace.

I loved this place and I really want to stay at their other locations specifically the Portland one. I highly highly recommend the Ace hotel.

oh its also in a great location and you are literally steps away from public transit and a few more steps away from pike market and shopping and great restaurants and the whole bit.

go here.

03/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
83. Elizabeth E.
I spent four nights at the Ace Hotel while in Seattle for a conference. While it wasn't as convenient to the Convention Center as the downtown hotels, it gave me an excuse to see much more of Seattle than I would have otherwise. My room was clean and comfortable, as were the communal bathrooms down the hall. The location of my room meant that there was a fair amount of noise from the street - this didn't bother me, but I was offered a different room when a quieter one became available. I didn't take it, but I appreciated the unsolicited offer and the clerk's concern for my sound sleep! Breakfast was simple but satisfying, and I appreciated 24/7 access to great coffee. I would definitely recommend the Ace, and will happily stay there when next I'm in Seattle.

01/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
84. Terri W.
We were pleasantly surprised and relieved to find the Ace Hotel.

First and foremost, Ed is the most welcoming and down to earth person to interact with.  When we walked in he greeted us like we were old friends and quickly breezed us through the paperwork process and the hotel orientation and gave us directions around town.  

We stayed one day and then went to Vancouver for 2 nights and came back.

Upon our return, he upgraded us to a larger room when we returned.  So sweet!

He also gave us great dining suggestions like The Coaterie Room.

A lot of people, including myself, get a bit skeeved out by the fact that the smaller more economical rooms have shared bathrooms.  But really, it's a hotel.  You are always sharing your bathroom AND your room with other people.  That's the idea right?

The rooms were very clean and quirky.  It was a little annoying to have to leave the room to pee but at the end of the day it was a very reasonable price option for our budget and well worth it.

I'm looking forward to visiting other cities with Ace Hotels.

20/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
85. Danielle S.
My boyfriend and I stayed here recently on a trip to seattle, and were very pleased with our choice. I would recommend it to others, but it does come with a lot of pre warnings as it is not for everyone. We loved it, but we are budget travellers who like to stay in nice clean places, but get the most for our money. The ace absolutely ticks that box. It is situated in belltown which is a young, vibrant area full of great bars and restaurants. It's super close to the Olympic sculpture park and the water, and is only a ten minute walk from one of seattle's most touristy spots; pike place market. We walked most everywhere from the hotel and found it very convenient for getting around.

The ace is beautifully and thoughtfully decorated. Our room was a corner room on the main floor (107) and we loved it. it was very spacious, well appointed and clean. We had everything that we needed including lots of fluffy towels and bathrobes. Having a sink in the room was great as I could do my hair and make up there, which was flooded with natural light (and clean my teeth before bed without having to worry about heading to the bathroom along the corridor...more about that in a sec). as the room was on the corner looking onto 1st avenue, and right above the downstairs bar, Cyclops, it WAS noisy. If you are a light sleeper, I'd probably specify this when making a booking and ask very nicely if they could put you in a quieter room. Having had interactions with the hotel staff, I can say that they are very nice and accommodating and if they are able to, they will most definitely help you out here. Having said that, if you are a ridiculously light sleeper, and aren't receptive to having disturbed sleep (especially on the weekends when belltown gets busy!) the ace might not be your hotel. It was also very hot at nights, so we had to sleep with the window open (no air con in the room, but again, they do have rooms with air con so if that is an issue for you and you are willing to take a gamble, then ask!) which increased the outside sounds coming in. the hotel provides both a fan and ear plugs, so my boyfriend and I sucked it up, plugged our ears, and managed to get three relatively good nights of sleep. No big deal, we're not complainers, and I don't think you should be for the quality of accommodation you are getting for the price. If you don't want to deal with these things, pay a bit more and go elsewhere!

The continental breakfast provided in the morning was great - stumptown coffee, make your own waffles, granola, yoghurt, fruit and fresh orange juice. A super way to save money, but seattle is so full of great places to eat, you might be tempted to skip breakfast and save some space for a yummy lunch out!

I've stayed in hotels where you have to share bathrooms before and have absolutely no problem with the concept if the hotel gets it right, which the ace totally does. The bathrooms are situated in a corridor behind the main reception. I think there are 5 shower rooms (with toilet and sink area inside) and two WCs only. The rooms are all fully lockable and private, and are kept spotlessly clean (& dry!). I never once had to wait to use one, and I think the hotel was relatively full while we were there. At most one or two were in use at a time, but never more than that. my favourite part about the shower rooms is that the music that plays in the reception area is piped into the bathrooms, so the music vibe will change as the staff change. I loved that, it's a super good way for finding out about new music :)

My absolute favourite thing about the ace hotel is that it is pet friendly. We saw loads of happy dogs during our stay there, the best one being steven's (one of the ace employees) beautiful wee pup, Rollins.

I wouldn't hesitate to stay in the ace again, great value, great accommodation, great location!

12/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
86. Adrien W.
Checked into the ACE for PAX weekend 2011. I found the place through hotels.com , so no points for me, but it was a godsend!

Great location, right in belltown with lots of bars and restaurants nearby. It was a 10 minute walk to the convention center and wasn't surrounded by overpriced tourist traps (Hard Rock Cafe and Cheesecake Factory, I'm frowning at you). It was also very close to the Pike Place market and the waterfront, so big plus there too!

But oh, wait, did I mention the inside? I don't think I did yet. Because the inside is filled with awesomeness. As a post-grad broke-ass youngster, staying in hotels is rarely an option for one such as me. When I can find a hostel with a private room, I'm lucky if I get more than one pillow and can find a shared bathroom with a shower that has hot water. My boyfriend and I took an economy room (what a deal those were!) with no bathroom...but ho! There were FIVE right in our hallway, each pristine, shower included, AND shampoo, conditioner, and body wash dispensers in those showers! HOLY BATMAN it did not get much better than that. (Plus, each bathroom had adjustable mood lighting and a sweet sound system - points for playing Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by the Flaming Lips.)

Our room was pretty small but totally functional and awesome. There was an air conditioner in the window, jars with cotton balls and q-tips, etc., sink, AND a Britta filter! Oh, did I mention also that the bed was just as amazing as my pillowtop mattress at home? No I don't think I did...but there you go. As for noise: during the weekend we had some mad bass pumping through the room until about 10pm, but after that it stopped, and whatever white noise from the ac blocked out whatever else. (The front desk person told me over the phone that it's better to stay in the rear of the hotel if you don't want noise pollution.) If I were to stay here again, I would request a room towards the back again.

And last but not least, the continental breakfast and kitchen are excellent as well! The snack machine had all kinds of fun stuff in it (chocolate bars, playing cards, pocky, etc.), and there was access to coffee/tea/hot water 24/7. And GOOD JOB Ace Hotel on providing Stumptown Coffee! Continental breakfast included the usual, as well as a bitchin' waffle maker.

Goodness, I don't think I've talked this place up enough. Loved the decor, loved the service, and loved the location. If you want something really fancy, go somewhere else. If you want the best place you can possibly get on a budget, stay at the Ace!

29/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
87. Jenn M.
We had such a great experience at the Ace. I highly recommend this hotel!

I really have to say thank you to Steven (?) for making sure I had my iPod! I accidently left it in the hotel room, but he put it in my suitcase we left in storage the last day. Everyone that works there was so friendly and awesome.

Lemme break it down:
Room- Comfy bed, window overlooking the street, sink in the room, free wifi. You even get a Brita pitcher in your room for clean drinking water. You don't really need more than that.
Cleanliness- A+. The whole hotel was super clean and nice looking
Shared bathroom thing- Not a big deal. The bathrooms were always clean and available. We never had to wait.
Location- Within walking distance to everything touristy. Great bars and restaurants right outside the door. A quick walk to the free downtown buses.
Breakfast-Granola, waffles, toast, juice and milk (cow and soy). Basic but yummy and all you need to start the day.

This is actually the second Ace that we've stayed at (the other one was in Palm Springs), and it's always been a wonderful experience. We probably won't even look at other hotels when we go to more cities that they are in.

16/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
88. Carrie T.
Friendly staff- some great views of the Sound if you get the right room.  Neat and clean if very tiny rooms/ hotel itself.  Great if you're on a budget and want a calm, well located and well designed  hotel.

05/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
89. Valerie K.
This is the most unique hotel I've stayed at. It's very modern, but has lots of personality. We loved the cool fish tank in the lobby, as well as the gigantic hutch.

We reserved a very nice, corner room. The size was perfect. We had our own bathroom as well. I liked the modern, SIMPLE decor.

If you're looking for quaint and cozy, this ISN'T it. But, this place is really awesome. The bed was also super comfortable.

So, why not five stars?? The continental breakfast. It's AWESOME that it goes till noon, oh and it's FREE. But, it wasn't impressive. Come on! They couldn't get hooked up with some yummy baked goods from one of the COUNTLESS Seattle bakeries?? No peanut butter?? Plain, white bread?? Crappy fruit?? Ya. That's my one complaint.

Other than that... SUPER fun, unique, artsy place. Will be staying here again. For sure.

Oh, and free wi-fi and cable TV on a flat screen. Nice perks.

Don't go for their $19 parking. Psh! We found parking less than a block away, and paid $10 for overnight. Nope, didn't have a break in. I also don't drive a Lamborghini, so there is that...

22/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
90. Ed L.
This hotel is very unique. Once I stepped into this hotel, I knew. The one most feature of this hotel was the fact that there is no private bathroom / shower in every room. In fact, there are communal bathrooms and showers. Much like a college dormitory. I thought it was kind of a neat concept. Loved the room. Reminded me of my room at home. Quaint hotel for the price and it was centrally located in downtown Seattle. Will stay again!!

The front desk staff was friendly and approachable. The lady who worked on the weekends was cute. Would have asked her out, but I was on a tight time budget. ha. Her name was Amy. Was in town for the Rock and Roll Seattle Marathon.

27/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
91. Antoinette P.
Walking into Ace Hotel was a little like walking onto a Wes Anderson film set.  And I mean that in the very best way.  Maybe it was like walking into your distant uncle's (or Steve Zissou's?) hipster cabin to stay the weekend in the mountains.  Let's focus on the many plusses:  Cute room, with a photo mural behind the bed.  Exceptionally clean.  Fun and clean community areas, like the big dining room table where you can work at 5 a.m. when you don't want to wake up your roommate, and the two-levels-down continental breakfast / laundry space.  Friendly staff, in particular at the front desk all capable, luggage-carting young men with soft eyes and softer voices.  (I swear one of them was in the latest Steven Alan catalog.)  Did I mention price?  There is possibly no better price for a room in Belltown, so close to the water.

For a well rounded perspective, I've got to point out that the room we were in was teensy-tiny.  No place to put luggage out of the way.  It will be necessarily in the way.  The room size didn't bother me, only staying there 2 nights and being small in stature myself.  But managing the luggage and stuff took a lot of effort, to keep things tidy to make room for things like walking around the room.  And, my only real challenge with the room occurred on the second night, when a group of people stood under our window, laughing and carousing loudly enough to wake me up.  Upon calling the front desk, I was told that occasionally patrons of the bar downstairs are quite loud when they stand outside and smoke, and that this issue is constantly being worked on between management at both the hotel and the bar.  The nice young man offered to put me in another room, but I really didn't want to think about all those details at 12:45am.  So I jammed my earplugs back in, pulled the pillow tight across my ears, and willed these people to move ASAP.  And they did.

Totally recommend this place.  I will stay here again.  And I will ask for a room away from the loud bar patrons.

21/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
92. Jane K.
Excellent things can grow from excellent ideas. Though it doesn't always succeed or grow on a smooth path, it is awesome to watch a concept transform and breed new iterations of the original. That's how I would frame the Ace Hotel phenomena that's swept from west to east.

I'm very familiar with the New York offspring of this Seattle original. Very cool, celeb chef in their restaurant, lounge for a lobby and some serious partners names partnered up: Stumptown Coffee in the front,  Opening Ceremony in the back and more I'm sure to come.

All that swagger grew out of an original hotel in Seattle. One which still offers excellent pricing for both European-style rooms (ahem, bathroom outside of the room) and Deluxe suites ($199 and worth every penny). The staff is friendly and accommodating; though please remember that the front door locks at midnight so grab that key before hitting the town! The modern design and simple but ultra cool decor feels opulent in comparison to your run of the mill big box hotels. WiFi is free to use and besides your room, you can choose to work in the front shared area with the terrarium or event downstairs in the dining area. Oh yea, in addition to WiFi and super sweet rooms, they offer a continental breakfast that includes a waffle maker and Stumptown Coffee. And a copy of the New York Times.

Location-wise, it's just outside of the touristy area so Pike Place Market is only a 15 minute stroll away and the streets are very walkable. In my opinion, there's no better place to stay in Seattle for that price! Don't mess with an original.

02/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
93. Hael F.
I've been a huge fan of the Ace Hotel ever since moving to the Pacific Northwest. I'm such a fan that I've stayed at three of the four Ace Hotel's nationwide.

I first discovered this gem on a Thanksgiving weekend trip up to Seattle from Portland. I was looking for a simple, inexpensive place to lay my head for a long weekend in the Emerald City and this place did the trick. The Ace is actually better than a cheap place to sleep but also a great concept.

Since that initial visit to the Seattle Ace, I have tried to stay there every time I make the trek north. And as I mentioned before, I've been to Portland Ace and the Ace Resort in Palm Springs which are both equally as great this one.

The rooms are unique and plenty of options to suit your needs. The standard rooms with shared bathrooms are a great option for one person. Upgrade to the deluxe room where your headboard is a glass wall which doubles as a shower wall. Additionally, they come with a great little patio into the interior courtyard, which is great for your four legged friends.

The common dining room is a great way to meet your fellow Acers in the morning barring they're not some douchey bachelor party group (Ugh, that was an awful experience). Overall, the rooms are fairly quiet especially those in the interior of the building. The staff has always be extremely friendly and knowledgable.

I'm just sad that I'm now living in Texas and have less of an opportunity to visit the Ace as often.

TIP: Don't always rely on the website for reservations. Give them a call, they will most likely have a room available. If not, they will put you on a cancellation list.

16/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
94. Peter S.
Seems like a fancy hostel to me. Although I guess that's the Ace's appeal. It sure beats a ripoff hotel!
I definitely appreciate the DIY breakfast and the Stumptown. The WiFi is pretty weak down in the Ace Space, but I actually like that as it prevents laptops from littering the tiny table-tops. Staff are cool. The parking lot is only a block away and fairly priced at $24 for my remaining 33 hours with in-out privileges. So far I am digging it here.

18/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
95. Kelsee I.
What a fun experience! Got a chance to spend a couple days here. I stayed in one of the rooms with a shared bathroom.

The shared bathrooms are very clean and offer a deadlock when it is in use. I didn't feel the need to wear flip flops in the shower (but I did because you never know! ha). I loved the soap/shampoo/conditioner they have. Smelled wonderful!

The staff was really nice and helpful. Always greeted us when we walked in.

The decor was right up my alley. The room was very clean and the communal areas were also really neat.

You're pretty close to a few cool places - walking distance from Pike's which is amazing.

Overall, I had a great experience. It's a little pricey now that it's gotten popular, but if you can wait until a deal comes by it's worth it.

16/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
96. Libby A.
Awesome service! THEY TAKE DOGS WITH NO DEPOSIT NEEDED!!!!! I have 2 pitbulls and they had no issues with them being left in the room unattended! Everything about this place was crazy cool. The only downfall is that the place exists in one of the filthiest cities in Washington state. I'm from tacoma and we are coined as grit city but serious Seattle has way tooooo many junkies and people who just don't care what the city looks like. ACE come to tacoma! And thanks for having me on my birthday!! Ps there is a Moroccan place a block up that was AMAZING!!! If you stay at ace you must treat yourself there!

02/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
97. Ro M.
Despite the subtle entry and a considerable flight of steps that greet you (beware: there's no elevator here) before reaching the front desk, the concierge - routinely managed by two very delightful men, one during the day and one during the evening - are the most down-to-earth, friendliest and informed locals you'll ever meet without an ounce of snobbery their east coast colleagues posses.

I stayed in a private suite which is utilitarian in aesthetic and supplies - exposed brick walls, stainless steel vanity, a few snacks and an infinite stack of reading material just to name a few features. Breakfast is complimentary in the communal canteen and will fill you up for a big day of exploring Seattle's nearby neighborhoods. Not to mention it's conveniently placed all within walking distance to downtown, the tourist traps and all modes of public transportation. The sculpture park nearby is a great place for a morning jog by the water and Rudy's Barbershop right below the Ace does a great cut.

If you're looking for a gym, or a newspaper/breakfast delivered to your door, you can forget about it. That said, if you're missing the creature comforts other hotels provide the concierge will kindly point you in the right direction or in my case to The Seattle Athletic Club, which was worth the casual entry fee. However, when you wake up to a view of Puget Sound every morning, you can't really fault what lack of amenities Seattle's Ace Hotel does not have.

07/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
98. Shalin D.
At times you're forced to sacrifice function for form. It looks like the designers of the Ace Hotel did so willingly.

The hotel decor is like a spread out of Dwell magazine. Stylishly modern white walls, creepy/funky red lamps in the hallway, and a curio cabinet with crystal balls, taxidermy, and objet d'art in the lounge. The rooms are also, um, cute. We stayed in a private double with whitewashed exposed brick, a rolling bathroom door, mountain landscapes on the walls, and a view of the alleyway behind the hotel. You feel like you're crashing at your cool Dutch friend's pad in Brooklyn.

But, what the hotel interior has in stylish abundance, its rooms lack in function. Our private double, which ran at about $170/night, lacked a hair dryer, iron, and even a closet. We were forced to hang towels and shirts on the radiator like it was tenement housing. The shower curtain was a jarring sheet of red plastic. It felt like a scene out of Psycho when you closed them shut. The kitchen is a nice added touch but you can't access any of the utensils since it's locked up at night. The hotel has a contracted car service that takes you to the airport at $40 a pop (which is nice) but they lack valet or any contracted parking. The Wi-Fi was on, then off, then on.... finally off.

So, all in all, it's not for those who look for both form and function. It's more the former. Much less of the latter.

21/02/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
99. Emily T.
This is an overpriced hostel. As far as hostels go, it's clean and hip - just expensive. If you are going to spend this kinda money then just go to a regular hotel where they have all the amenities and are helpful. Staff is about the minimum amount of friendly and helpful here. I know they advertise it as a hotel, but I've stayed in hotels and hostels all over the world and this is a hostel. If you are basing it off the ace in Palm Springs and portland  - don't. Those hotels are much better than this one.

01/01/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
100. Mallory S.
I really enjoyed my visit at the Ace last weekend. We had the basic room without a shower/bathroom. The room comes with a sink, mirror, clock/radio, lamps, desk, bedding, fan, bathrobes, hangers, TV, etc. Everything except a bathroom.

The service was wonderful and the hotel was secure. It is locked at night and there is always an attendant to buzz you in.

Breakfast is free and is downstairs. It's cereal, waffles, fruit, yogurt, juice and coffee. There is also a coffee and coffee pot in your room (but no tea).

Parking was $19/ for one full day (overnight included). The parking lot was a little sketchy but we didn't have a problem with any break-ins.. just some chatty Kathys waiting for the bus nearby.

Location was perfect, there was on street parking available. I would stay again!

08/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
101. Tania B.
Ed greeted us and was so accommodating, friendly, and full of great info. The rest of the staff was also great. The complimentary breakfast was a plus. The king room we stayed in had a swivel mirrored wall leading in the bathroom, and private patio, and plenty of room. Wi-Fi worked perfectly considering the building is circa 1910.
Downstairs is the Cyclops bar. Their food was great as is the atmosphere and vibe there. It was my first visit to Seattle and when I go back, I would definitely stay here again. My friends who live in Maple Valley came to the hotel to visit us and were impressed as well. So much that they wanted to stay a night !

10/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
102. Emily-Anne P.
I don't think there is enough space in this review box for me to say all the things I need to say about the Ace Hotel. I will start with, it's fantastic and you really should stay there.

I needed to escape Vancouver and thought that a trip to Seattle would be best. Given that I was flying solo I figured I'd ask some of my friends where to stay and they all said the Ace. So I called down on a Tuesday, booked the last room available on the Friday Saturday, hopped on the train and went down. I'm so glad I did.

The Staff - The staff are all incredibly lovely.  There is someone at the front desk all day and most of the night and they are happy to talk Seattle, or really anywhere else you might be going. I had a great time just chatting with them about what to do.

The Rooms - Rooms at the Ace are really lovely. For the most part they have double beds, a little sink and shelf, tv and some snacks. They don't have washrooms attached to the rooms, I don't think any of the Aces do but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable.

In fact, I got some pretty bad food poisoning one night and spent the evening attached to the bathroom and even still I didn't mind that they were shared.

The check in-out and breakfast times at the Ace are fantastic. They have a longer continental breakfast time which is nice to take your time to head down. They've got a great little kitchen area and a share-book shelf.

All in all I was really impressed with the Ace. Much more than I thought I would be. It was a little loud at night on Wall St but to be totally honest it didn't bother me at all. I say, check it out!

15/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
103. Hayden O.
Cool digs! The staff was great, and it was in a cool part of town.

06/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
104. Nicole S.
We couldn't get a room with one king bed (booked up) so we chose the two queen beds and a bathroom.This turned out to be fine since we then invited another couple to join us and it was her birthday so a slumber party like stay over it was.

Spacious room with great lighting and some tea light candles displayed, exposed painted white brick wall and two tall old school windows with crown moldings, which i love,with a view of the building next door. On the opposite white wall black painted origami instructions, which made me want to create a frog out of paper! :)The bed was super comfortable and the pillows & comforters great.The room was fairly quiet being a Saturday night in the city.

The bathroom was large and white with another tall old school window that opens (and seeped cold air even when closed) a rock'n'roll shower to fit at least 6 people HA! I wasn't too fond of the rolling barn like door for the bathroom b/c it caused such a loud noise opening and closing and for sure would wake anyone still sleeping, plus there was a gap in the door as well so you could see a person lying on one of the beds while you sat on the toilet which means they could no doubt see YOU.They had free wifi but none of us could connect to it. After an evening out on the town we chilled in bed with candles,beer and watched t.v that had TCM, Food Network and many other channels not like the Grand Hyatt Hotel.  

The hotel hooked us up with an outside parking lot a few blocks away at $26 per night.
Hotel location is close to many places,walking everywhere which is great.
There's a store across the street if you're in need of some beer or club soda etc.
Oh ya, and there's no elevator so be prepared for stairs.

I would definitely stay here again and try another room.

13/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
105. marlenee e.
We stayed at the Ace Hotel in September 2011.  We wanted to do a grand Northwest tour and used our friends wedding as a reason.  We started our trip flying into SEA and unpacking our bags at Ace.  

Ace isn't for everyone.  It's for a budget traveler who wants to get a unique experience out of their vacation.  Here's what I can tell you to prepare for your stay.


Like a hostel, you share them in the hallway.  Before you click on another option know this:  they are spacious, clean and very private. They do not feel like dingy hostel bathrooms.  The counter is shiny and the showers look cool. Bathrooms are easily accessible from most rooms in the hallway.  And they are plentiful.  So I never found myself waiting in line to use them.  However you may have to plan more carefully if you are on a tight schedule in the morning, but that's just common sense.  If you're on a leisurely schedule like I was, just grab some waffles downstairs until the shower is available (see the breakfast).  But I don't remember a line for a bathroom.

The beds:
We had an early morning flight, so nap time was first on our agenda.  Their beds, were amazingly comfortable.  I hadn't slept so well in a hotel before.

Street life and noise level:
I live in the Haight in San Francisco, with random drunk kids screaming by my window and unfortunate homeless people fighting or yelling due to mental illness.  So when I saw our room at Ace was on the street, I thought "oh boy...well at least I feel like I'm at home."  Truth is Seattle street life is a lot more tame than SF and it was quiet the entire night. So no worries if you need your rest for exploring or a big meeting the next day.  

Again, I hadn't slept so well away from home before, just thinking about my nights in an Ace hotel bed with an open window and cool fall breeze coming in, lulls me to sleep.

The look:
I didn't want to just stay in any hotel 6, nothing against chain hotels, but they cost just as much money as any other place.  I figured if I was going to drop cash on accommodations, I wanted to stay someplace unique, local and convenient to multiple activities in the city.  Ideally I could get a break in price too.  Ace provided all five on my list.  Plus the design of the place gave me the idea I was living the young hip urban life.  The lobby which was sparse, open, natural lighting with a cool little aquarium I could look at all day.  It felt welcoming.  From check in, to breakfast, to bathroom, I enjoyed all areas of the hotel.

The breakfast:
Pretty good deal and it's not that packaged junk food provided by chain hotels.  Before you venture Seattle, you can make your own hot waffles.  They have juice, milk and coffee in case you can't wait to get to the million choices you have outside.  

The best way to discover a city is get out of your car and walk if you have the health and ability to do so.  We were worried we would be burden by a two ton rental car.  Where can we keep it with out spending a load of cash on parking?

At Ace, there is a lot around the corner to park. The price was reasonable and we felt comfortable leaving it there all day and night.  After you unpack your bags in front of the hotel, the staff will help you find it.  But the lot can be packed, so on your first day, be prepared with some quarters for meters until it clears up.  It might take a coffee shop trip before you go back to land your car.  But it wasn't really a problem really.  Once you have your car there, leave it.  It will be safe.

The staff:
Most important of all, this hip young place isn't exclusive or pretentious, but very welcoming and kind.  The staff was awesome, helpful and check in and out was a breeze.  

It is popular:  
We were lucky to get a room a week before.  So plan ahead and get your room.  We weren't so lucky in Portland.  After staying in Seattle Ace, and continuing our trip south for the wedding, we were hoping to stay at Ace in Portland.  Of course this gem of a place was booked.  So plan ahead!

21/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
106. Crystal H.
A short PS to my earlier love note:

There are a couple of magical rooms in the basement. There's no view, and no window and it's a bit bright in there come sunrise, so why are basement rooms magic? The indoor courtyard and behind-the-bed shower sums it up.

I still love you, love you, love you!

11/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
107. Share W.
The Ace Hotel is conveniently located in a great area (a good walk to the Public Market, shopping area and the needle). It's a flight up to the "main reception level".

I would suggest upgrading to a deluxe if you want a more comfortable stay, but if you are budget conscious and wants to save any amount of bucks, then stick w/the standard.

The Standard Room (which my friends stayed in): is smaller, has a sink, a desk, a small lcd tv, a fan, a full size bed and a stool to sit on. It's basically a one person room if you want comfy, but if you're opting to share, if you have too much stuff, your space will decrease.

The Deluxe Room (which i lapped it up in): full bathroom, fridge, ac, medium sized lcd tv, desk w/chair, lounge couch, a mini-nook to hang clothing, queen size bed, a bed side lamp, and a rocking chair. It had exposed brick on one side of the wall and top half mirror plus wood paneling bottom on the other side. Thank goodness the room i was in was decent. It had a duo showers and was shrouded in a red see through shower curtain. If you want super privacy, I slid the door (which doubles for the potty door) to cover a bit. I can't help it if i'm a prude/modest. I fell in love with their Ralph Brand line of products. If you like, you can purchase directly w/them (they'll charge to the room) or go around the corner (even get a cut) to Ralph's to pick some up.

I love how right by the front desk, there's an area to sit and go online w/my netbook (wifi free throughout the building) or jot down items to do while visiting from their copies of travel books. For complimentary breakfast from 7:30-12pm, you have your pick of toast, yogurt, granola, apples, do-it-yourself waffles, milk, coffee, tea, and water. A tellie in the "mess hall" to keep you updated with the day's news while you munch on your breakfast.

The staff is superb. They are super friendly and helpful. Gave me a break on the room when i decided to upgrade my room while checking-in. Super! And I don't know whether to thank or lament on the excellent recommendation of Macrina. I was there EVERY day I was in Seattle. Sometimes twice. I even got a card that's almost due for a freebie (dang it, should have max used it).

Alas, all good things come to a close. After my vacation and I returned home, I was slightly disappointed in seeing my room. I expected to come home to the relaxation decor as that of the hotel. Have no fear, I will convert thee to a minimalist modern feel!!

01/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
108. Dave W.
This was perfect for our long weekend stay in Seattle. This stylish and unique establishment was just right for us.

You walk up a long flight of stairs to get to the front desk. Later, you walk down multiple flights to get to breakfast. Parking was 2+ blocks away but you can stop out front to drop off and pick up. It's all fun and good exercise, at the same time. I would not recommend bringing giant suitcases.

Our room was quite large, with a skylight to wake us in the morning. OK, This was way cool but not so appreciated after a long evening that stretched well in to the early morning.

06/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
109. Chun P.

Then I realized that I do use the public showers at the gym, dance studio, and Yoga studio...and all the Ace Hotel reviews average 4 Stars and say its cool...so since I was going solo for 1 night and it was only $109/night for downtown Seattle, I took a leap of faith...Yelpers have never been wrong right? ;-)

1. Bathrooms: Clean, lockable, chic, free shampoo/conditioner/body wash...it was really doable. I'd even have sex in here.
2. Location: Space Needle, Pikes Market, Cruiseship Terminal and "dozens" bars within walking distance. Ace is even on top of a bar, Cyclops,and it was alright.
3. Breakfast: Free! I ate 2 Belgian Waffles, 1 Bowl of Almond Granola with Soy Milk, 3 cups of coffee, 2 cups of OJ, and 1 Apple.
4: Bed: Warm and Cozy.
5. Free WiFi
6. Noon Checkout! Plus you can leave your luggage in their office afterwards.  
7. Ambience: Cool, Modern, Hip, IKEAish, and Clean.
8. Boys: The guys who staffed this place were friendly, helpful, and pretty darn cute(I'm 49% gay, so I can admire).

1.  It might be a bit noisy, I was in room 124, but Ace does provide ear plugs in the goodie jar.
2. Your American girlfriend or wife probably won't find this very romantic...though 2 condoms are provided in the room for free. (Also in the goodie jar.)
3. Small room, but its definitely doable if you don't plan on being in your room much anyways.
4. More hostel than hotel...but you do get your own private room...and I've never stayed in a hostel so I guess I can't make a legit comparison.
5. The price could be a bit lower, but $109 was the cheapest in downtown Seattle / Belltown.  

I didn't see many other guests around, but they all seemed to be foreign or hipsterish, and at age 33 1/3, I think I was the oldest person staying there. If you've done the hostel thing in Europe, Ace is for you. I'd definitely stay at another Ace Hotel again... but only if I was going solo again and if I'm not a rich snob by then.

TIP1: Don't forget to bring your room towels with you to the shower! I had to make a run for it, soaking wet, back to my room.  :(

TIP2: If you're flying into SEA-TAC, take the Light Link Rail to downtown Seattle for only $2.75. If you just have a carry-on luggage you can probably hoof the 10 blocks to Ace, but otherwise a taxi from the station was only another $4.75.

28/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
110. Amanda M.
Over the Christmas holidays I booked 6 rooms for my boyfriends birthday party. Friends were coming from Vancouver for the night so we needed somewhere cheap and easy to stay - Ace Hotel proved to be what we were hoping for, and more.

After arriving at the funky hotel Ed at the front desk had picked up on the birthday theme for the weekend and upgraded my boyfriend and I to our own room / bathroom! The room was funky with our own little outside space and a shower directly behind the bed with only glass to separate the two - cool. Ed did his best to ensure our party was all placed around the same area so we could go back and forth from one another's room easily.

After the big birthday bash we made our way back to the hotel and certainly did not end the night quietly. Despite the fact that we were likely being annoying and loud the staff were very nice and pleasant when they asked us to keep it down a little bit at 4 am - fair enough.

The next morning Ed was back at the front and all smiles. I have honestly never been to a hotel where everyone working there was so nice!

The hotel is close to Pike Place Market and really anything you want to do DT. While some may not be into the shared bath there is room to upgrade and still stay within a reasonable budget. All in all it was a great weekend and all 10 of my friends and I thought the hotel was perfect and would definitely be returning next time we need a hotel in Seattle.

Ed, if you are reading this, thanks for the hospitality and keeping the bf's surprise guest a surprise!

18/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
111. Kris U.
The Ace is a good bet for your money, if you're traveling on a budget.  We got the standard room with the shared bath; the room was small but clean and the bed was comfy.  Our room was facing the outer wall which is right above a lively street with lots of activity well past 3 am, but luckily we had ear plugs.  The shared bathroom situation is fine: there was never a wait for one to open up and they do lock, so you have it to yourself once inside.

The best thing about this Ace was the included continental breakfast: make-your-own-waffle station, fresh juice, Stumptown coffee (in to go cups!), bread and a toaster, granola, yogurt and fruit.  It had everything I would want.

Overall I'd say the Ace Hotel in Portland is the better of the two, but I would stay here again.

12/04/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
112. Tiffany N.
If it were possible to marry I hotel I would have swooped in on the Ace Hotel in Seattle this weekend. That's also provided my current husband didn't mind sharing me with a hotel? Whoa. This review is really taking a turn toward the naughty... Moving on...

Staying at any Ace Hotel is like staying at your super hip friend's studio in the best neighborhood of the city. There is nothing at this place that makes you feel like you're in a hotel which I enjoy. Keep in mind though this isn't a luxury 5 star kind of place. It can be a tad bit drafty and the raucous crowds on the street will be heard through your windows if you're facing the street side of the building.


The beds are oh-so cozy. The comforters are oh-so-warm. The staff is oh-so-friendly. And you really do feel crazy cool in the rooms, the check-in area or any of the work areas as well.

The coolest part of my stay might have been the continental breakfast. I know, I know. It sounds kind of lame, but this continental breakfast has a waffle maker and pre-mixed waffle batter that you pour into said maker and flip to turn a timer on. 2 minutes and 27 seconds later you're pouring maple syrup on the Belgian waffle you just created with minimal effort. I am a sucker for novelty and this thing hit it out of the park.

Also included in this breakfast is Stumptown coffee, fruit, yogurt, granola, and fresh-squeezed juices. Holla!.

And I lied - the coolest thing about my stay was my bathroom. Check out this picture to see what I mean: yelp.com/biz_photos/rMId…

So cool, right?

20/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
113. Gabi M.
The Ace Hotel came highly recommended so it wasn't even a question where I would stay during my recent trip to Seattle...

Katy H told me a bit about the history of the hotel and of course, that it's the "original" Ace.  Crystal told me to request a basement room with a courtyard and behind-the-bed shower.  I did as I was told and was not disappointed!

When I walked in, I was greeted by Richard.  He and the rest of the staff were extremely friendly.  As I walked to my room, I got a feel for the uniqueness of the hotel - it's not your big chain my any means.  It's got a hipster / European / indie vibe to it.  Some of the rooms do not have private bathrooms, so if that is something important to you, I recommend requesting a room with a private bathroom.  And while my room (#130) did have a bathroom, a little courtyard, and a funky shower, it didn't have a hairdryer, and the robe that is in the room is thin - not warm and cozy as I've experienced elsewhere.  One more thing worth mentioning is that the walls are thin at the Ace.  I could hear people in the hallways, above me, and in other rooms.  

I used the free wifi at the hotel without any issues - huge perk there!  I didn't take full advantage of the continental breakfast, but I did check out the community room and took some fruit and granola to snack on during my stay.  The hotel is located in Belltown, which is a super cool area with lots of shops and restaurants.  It's about a 15 minute walk from Pike Place Market.  

I usually stay in hotels that have some sort of gym/fitness center and while the Ace is lacking in that department, they are only a 15 minute walk from Seattle Athletic Club and it's a $15 daily rate to take advantage of their facility.

I'm definitely a fan of the Ace but if you go, just don't keep your expectations in check; it's no luxury hotel, but the room rate, service, vibe, and uniqueness make it worth it in my book!

11/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
114. Joi B.
If I've ever underestimated how important the staff is to a hotel stay, let it be known right now: the guys behind the desk at Ace Hotel really made my stay. Y'all deserve five stars!

The accommodations, on the other hand, not so much. Ace Hotel is just not for me. Whether or not the other locations have something seriously amazing going on, I'm not sure I'd ever stay at another one of their properties again. I feel like they offer a lot of bare minimum... at a hefty price.

I couldn't help but think of European hostels during my stay here. Things like no drawers, a tiny rack with three hangers that I only discovered when checking out (look up above the window, stupid girl!), bare white walls and thin, crappy towels-are all part of the Euro hostel appeal (not to mention that you save so much money by staying at these places).

But the sorta cruel joke is, you walk out your door not to the foreign streets of Barcelona or Lisbon, but to Seattle. I love Seattle, don't get me wrong, but it's not Paris. Nor is it New York. I expect more in a hotel in a city where accommodations don't come at a premium.

Luckily, I was staying here for business purposes. Had I, personally, been paying 200 bucks a night for this room, I would have been pretty pissed off. I've stayed at the W in San Francisco and Chicago for less money and a far superior experience all around.

Other things to note:

There's no gym. I stupidly just assumed they'd have one, so that's my fault. That doesn't change the fact that this is a major downer for me as I like to roll out of bed and into the gym (even if it's 10 floors above or below me). Ace has a "deal" with the Seattle Athletic Club and one other gym where you can pay 15 dollars per day to work out. When a room costs 200 a night, I think that's no deal. Especially when you consider the 10 minute walk to and from the gym, if you're on limited time.

They do serve a very Euro-style breakfast. That's nice, but I prefer a gym.

It's in a pretty hip and happenin' hood. Ace is definitely going to appeal to the whole hipster aesthetic. Oh, the irony. I'm not their demographic because I don't think there's anything cool about spending top dollar to rough it (just take a look at that Ace Survival Guide they leave on the desk. "Survival Guide.")

Thin walls. Very thin walls. At one point I looked above me to see if I was in a partitioned room with walls that didn't reach the ceiling. There's this feeling that you're in a communal space. Someone even had their door open the entire day. Definitely not a fan of this. My dorm days are over, thankfully. (And yes, they do leave ear plugs in the survival kit.)

The smell of cleaning products (think, Lysol), was so overpowering in my room, that I almost asked to be changed to a different one. I never do that. Upon speaking to the kind gent at the front desk, this wouldn't have made sense because the other room available had just been cleaned, too. Come on, Lysol, really? That's so 1980s Howard Johnson. I expect more from a boutique hotel. The front desk dude offered both some kind of machine to suck the smell out and a fan, so I'm sure I'm not the only one who has complained before.

As is typical with my hotel reviews, I'm going to run out of room. This is all the major stuff, though. To summarize: minimalist amenities do not pair well with high prices. I cannot recommend the Ace Hotel, but I do want to stress that the staff here is exceptional.

07/06/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
115. Alleen W.
Ace hotel is amaaaaaazing! It has a cozy, intimate feel with a wonderful staff (especially Ed)!

With a yummy complimentary breakfast, great location (close to Pike Place, The Space Needle), and minimalistic decor, how much better can it get? Can't wait for our next trip involving Ace Hotel!

07/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
116. Richard W.
We had a great time staying at the hotel.  We usually try to stay there, and this visit we were lucky enough to get a reservation on short notice, and had excellent service and overall experience.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a clean, sharply designed hotel in a great location!

22/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
117. Toan N.
I truly love the Ace Hotel in Seattle. It is conveniently located in Belltown, just a few minutes walk north of the famous Pike Place Market. We were in a deluxe room on the lower level with its own restroom. The front desk person was super nice in making our room warm. The room was extremely cold so we asked to have the radiator turned on. We left for the day and came back to a very warm and cozy room.

I love that the hotel has a small refrigerator in the room. The fridge was empty. At other hotels, I always the staff to remove contents of the fridge. The Ace Hotel knows that we love empty refrigerators so we can store leftovers. There is also Brita filter pitcher so you can fill up your own tap water. Excellent idea!

We didn't take advantage of the free breakfast so I really cannot comment on it. There are washers and dryers in the common area on the ground floor for guests to use. Another awesome idea!

I will definitely stay at the Ace again when I am back in Seattle.

09/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
118. Katy H.
It doesn't get better than the Ace!

When you combine the really modern and somewhat minimalistic styled rooms with insanely affordable prices you get the best hotel in town. Even my friends who come to visit who have pretty big budgets love the Ace because of how funky it is.

Built in an old Seattle brick building, the rooms span a few different levels. It's easy to get lost but taking a tour is always fun! There's a great little breakfast room, a lobby with a rad terrarium and some rooms come with little covered patios or views of The Sound.

Most recently I peeped a room that was more unique than any hotel room I've seen. The entire back wall of the room was a room-wide glass shower! It operated as the headboard to the bed (so this room wouldn't be ideal for a pair unless they were lovers) but how sexy and awesome is that?! You could even watch TV from the shower if you wanted to go the super un-romantic route.

It's almost too bad I live in Seattle because I need more excuses to stay here!

13/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
119. Kelly S.
Update: The hotel was nice enough to contact me. Folks that read their Yelp reviews are top notch in my book


Pro-Tip: Don't get the standard room.

Longer tale: This hotel is pretty as a picture and I've heard tell (like that?) that there are rooms that feed all your wildest comfortable hotel room fantasies. But this review is for a standard room... which does not.

After 5.5 hours of travelling all the way from the middle of Texas, then walking 13 blocks from the lightlink that broke down with my suitcase, I trudged up the (admittedly gorgeous) steps to the Ace Hotel, tired, dirty, and excited for some one-on-one time with a shower, a cool room and a bed. The girl who greeted me had been really nice about my incessant phone calls asking how to get there. We figured out my room, I sigh, open the door... and the panorama that awaits me is not exactly what I expected.

-- two single twin beds
-- a small fan
-- communal shower (just down the hall, y'all!)
-- no bathroom
-- a tiny sink
-- two windows overlooking a busy street (great on a Friday night with cars zooming by)
-- a mini tissue packet

Surely a mistake? Hotel rooms don't exist like this outside of Europe for $15 a night? No mistake. It's a standard room. Unfortunately, I think this makes the whole situation a function of miscommunication. Everything else was fine. You've got a breakfast where you get to make your own waffles, the shower's clean and there are mirrors in your room for makeup application.  But based on my experience alone, it was just A-Ok for Aces.

30/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
120. Bri N.
We loved this place.

Friendly staff
Complimentary Breakfast
Cozy Rooms
Modern Decor

*We actually stayed at The Kimpton's Hotel Monaco our last day of the trip (almost 3* the price) and we wished that we were still at Ace Hotel.

We will be back here for sure!

14/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
121. Jonathan P.
Awesome place!!!! I couldn't be happier with spending my 1 year anniversary at this place.
The manager was a gem to us... And felt almost like a friend by helping me get my gf flowers, wine, and rose petals... Honestly one of the best places I ever stayed at because it had a such an amazing atmosphere and so close to everything worth seeing in Seattle! Highly recommended and kudos to such a well-oiled machine they have here :)

28/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
122. Jaclyn C.
I'm not quite sure what the hype is about. Incredibly overpriced for what you get. Sure, it's hip, cool and in a good location but that is pretty much it. Our room was tiny, had a horribly uncomfortable bed, pathetic pillows and an old, stinky sandwich left in the frig from the guest prior.

The "cool charm" wears off after the first night when you've realized you just spent entirely too much money on a crap room.

I will say the staff is great and super friendly.

I cancelled our next stay there already and booked us at The W, for only $10 more a night, but where the money is well spent. I read another review that compared it to a European hostel and I couldn't agree more.

If you're looking for an overpriced, glorified hostel- Ace is the place for you!!

26/11/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
123. Jess M.
So quirky and beautiful! We got the single deluxe room with private bathroom which was pricey but it was so worth it. Beautiful view, lovely room and great staff. We'll be coming here again.

15/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
124. Cori W.
I've stayed at the Ace in Portland in the past and was excited to try a new location. The space feels cleaner thanks to the clean bare white walls and different set up. The rooms are decently sized, as always with clean minimal-lined furniture. The bathrooms were always available, with about 5-6 shower/bathrooms on my floor. This location seems a bit less loud than its PDX neighbor; you'll hear the street noise and bar downstairs but not as much the people in other rooms, unless its just not a busy weekend here. We appreciated the little touches, like the slip under our door about daylight savings time starting or the music pipped into the bathrooms or the fresh Stumptown coffee. It's good knowing I have a place to stay that I enjoy and feel at ease without the corporate motel feel.

08/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
125. Keith E.
Stayed in the Ace Hotel with a friend of mine for several days in a Standard Shared Room. Really interesting/fun experience.

The Positives:
- Trendy hotel
- Adequate Bathrooms : I thought this was going to be a problem but found out that they have numerous single-use bathrooms. Never had to wait which is great.
- Very clean.
- Friendly/helpful staff
- Comfortable beds
- Washer/dryer access

The Negatives:
- The WiFi/Internet : The Ace Hotel clearly says on their website that they have free High Speed Internet. That was one of the main reasons we chose the hotel since we're heavy computer users. The speeds that you get at the Ace were extremely disappointing. The ping was above 100ms constantly. The download was as high as 3mb/s. The upload was laughable. If you're traveling and expecting to be able to upload video/photos from your trip, wait till you're back home or go find a starbucks.
- No A/C : The first day we walked into a stuffy room. Definitely not the best first impression. The heat is mostly a nuisance during the day/evening, once it hits night, the temperature cools way down and it doesn't become as much of a problem. We left our windows open 24/7. The breeze from the nearby harbor definitely made the experience bearable.
-  Noisy Street : We were placed in one of the front rooms of the hotel where all the bars/restaurants were. Kind of a nuisance when trying to go to sleep. Try and reserve a room towards the back where you can get a great view of the water.

The breakfast was nice but not great. Waffles, granola, yogurt, and toast. The free Stumptown coffee was my favorite part.

Overall, the experience was worth it. Different than the normal commercial hotel but you get all the necessities at a very reasonable price.

25/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
126. Heather C.
Great location, rooms are clean, comfortable and have what I need.  Room 119 has a great view of the Sound!   Definitely staying here again, especially since I don't have an excuse to stay at the Portland location.

04/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
127. Sonya Z.
For about $100 you can stay in a tiny but well-curated / designed room that shares a bathroom down the hall with all the other rooms.

It all depends on how much hipster you have in ya & your income.

The front staff is very, very nice.

12/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
128. Kori E.
This hotel is a GREAT value! If you're looking for a fun/reasonably priced hotel definitely check them out. They also have a great complimentary breakfast. The vibe of the hotel is very laid back and modern. If you're looking for something fancy with a lot of amenities look elsewhere. We loved our stay at the Ace.

16/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
129. Kate Y.
I wanted an inexpensive room near Seattle Center so I could afford 4 nights. The Ace Hotel in other cities had been favorably reviewed by some of my blog friends, so I happily booked a room with shared bathroom. I found it to be very clean, attractive, friendly and accessible. I was pleasantly surprised by the clean and spacious bathrooms I had access to share. I never had to wait. It was a bit of a college throwback though, to put on a robe and walk past the front desk after midnight to use the loo.

My only complaint is that my street-facing room was very stuffy, easily 15F hotter than outside. I opened the windows and ran the provided fan on high all night which made it bearable, but admitted more street noise from the bar downstairs. No music or smoke, but I did wake up at closing time as the streets filled with chatty people.

The breakfast was typical continental fare, and I was happy to save a few bucks each morning. One day it was quite crowded, but people kindly offered to share their table and then left me to peruse my paper. I had a cheap and delicious chicken quesadilla at the Cyclops Lounge downstairs one night for dinner. Highly recommend.

Travelling alone and on a budget, this was a fantastic experience. I would stay here again.

03/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
130. Jessabelle R.
Excellent for the budget traveler. Very clean with Seattle charm. Old super warm crank heater. Two mirrors, one with 'You are beautiful' written on it'. Cute slice of handmade soap dangles from the sink. A collection of affordable snacks for $2 in basket as well as books & a Seattle survival guide. Breakfast is included. Two robes. Small flat screen & radio. Bathrooms are separate to the room in the hall but there are plenty of them and they are private. Staff was friendly & helpful.

02/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
131. Rachel T.
Ace Seattle, you were everything I wanted. Quaint, quirky and cool.
The atmosphere is unbeatable. I stayed in a standard room with the shared bathrooms which were surprisingly clean and easily accessible.

I stayed in room 113, and it was cute!
The morning breakfast was such a great added bonus, you make your own waffles and Stumptown coffee is complimentary. (Score!!)

The service was great, and the location was easily accessible to the Pike Market. Ace, I have fallen in love and will visit more to come! Thanks for the stay!

04/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
132. Amanda H.
If I could give half stars I would. My rating would really be a 3.5, but because of the nice young ladies that work here and the location I will add on the second half of the star.

When I arrived, I was greeted by a young man with glasses. As he was checking my boyfriend and I in, he told us that we had booked a standard room with the shared bathroom. I was unaware of the shared bathroom situation, I had booked the reservation months before on Expedia and I'm not sure if it wasn't mentioned or I over looked, but I asked if they had any rooms available with a bathroom and that I was 100% willing to pay the difference. The man working seemed rather annoyed by my question and tried to tell me that the shared bathroom would work just fine for us. But I asked again if there was anything available because I am "weird" about that kind of thing (not wanting to share too much, because talking about your intestinal issues with a stranger can be awkward). He finally checked and said frustratingly that they had one available but that it's "a lot more a night" which would up being only $70 more a night (3 nights total) which I was totally fine with. The rest of the transaction was awkward and I've never felt frowned upon for spending more money at a business before by an associate.

Anyway, the room was cool and had a nice little private patio. The shower was the main attraction. A glass headboard that stood as the shower wall with no enclosure. A nice room after all the fuss and I was totally happy with it. The complementary breakfast was great! We ate there every morning. The location couldn't be better! Walking distance to the Space Needle, museums, Pike Public Market, and so much more. No parking at the hotel, but there are tons of lots surrounding it. Be careful though, "all day parking" really means up to 10 hours only at most lots. As I mentioned in the first paragraph, there's a super sweet girl who works there with long brown hair who was extremely friendly and helpful! So thank you to her!

22/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
133. Bedlam B.
Comes within an ace of a five star rating!!  

Not what you'd expect with the mixed reviews from other Yelpers, but if you approach with an open mind for adventure, this place will surely not let you down.  

The five bathrooms on our floor were shared, but given the size of the hotel, you're only likely to share with 3-5 other people on a given day.  Bring a pair of shower shoes or flip-flops if you're worried about the hygiene of others.  

Breakfast is included and definitely a bang for the buck. Waffles, toast, granola, yogurt, fruit, milk, OJ, and Stumptown coffee.  There are vending machines for snacks, sodas, and other accessories.  

The location is wonderful. We had a view of the water, not the best, but still a view nonetheless.  Within a brisk walk of Pike Place Market, Ferry Terminals, Space Needle / Seattle Center, and SAM.  We also took in a Mariners game, which was a good two mile, 25 minute hoof to SafeCo Field.

Notable dining experiences in the area for us included Lola, Belltown Pub, Bedlam Coffee, and Piroshky Piroshky.  

All in all, you can't go wrong playing this ace!

31/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
134. Amelia B.
We've stayed at the Portland Ace and it was great. The Seattle one, though, has seen better days.  We stayed in one of the deluxe rooms. In looking at the photos of other people's deluxe rooms... we might have just gotten the bad one. At any rate, our room was really narrow and small, it had large burn spots in the carpet and (bonus!) a visibly dirty shower (the previous resident had clearly done a 'farmer's blow' of green snot down two sides of the shower that the cleaner had failed to notice. Awesome). All things considered, it was basically a glorified hostel. In fact, we've stayed in private rooms in hostels that were far nicer for less money. Breakfast was fine and the location was good but, wow, $200 for a tiny, dirty room that was in need of a remodel left me feeling pretty disappointed (and more than a bit ripped off).

08/05/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
135. Cameron C.
My husband and I loved it. The Ace Hotel in Seattle is the original with just 28 rooms. If you are looking for a hip boutique experience loaded with indie culture, stay here. Can't beat this location in Belltown, you can literally walk anywhere and the neighborhood is nice. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, comfy beds, & original art in the rooms-- really thoughtful mini-bar too with local snacks. Community breakfast is included from 7-noon with fage yogurt, granola, coffee/tea, waffle machine, toast, orange juice, milk and pretty good vending machine options including LaCroix water! The hotel has a chic adventure design using a lot of white throughout. We had a shower attached to our room but ask about the option for a bathroom down the hall and save $70/night. Bathrooms were super clean!

22/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
136. Briana H.
I recently arrived from Seattle and checked out so many great and not so great places that I'm ready to start writing my Yelp Reviews!

Ace Hotel is definitely an awesome place to stay. I can't stress enough how convenient this hotel is to everything!!!! It's right in the middle of Seattle Center and Pike Place Market! My boyfriend and I walked everywhere with the exception of Kerry Park and Paseo/Troll. it was perfect!

I really liked the minimalist decor. We stayed in a single room overlooking the noisy downtown 1st street.. (sigh, I'll get to that issue later).. back to the great room.. It was very hipster esque, modern, and vintage. There is a mini sink in the room and the shared bathrooms are in the hallway. There's about 4 bathrooms and all of which were  impressively clean!

Moving on to the noise factor..As a native San Franciscan, I'm somewhat acquainted to noise --people walking outside, trains passing by, and cars guzzling. However, I don't live on a main street such as 1st Street where sirens go off, drunk people scream, and cars honk. It wasn't a big deal, I woke up a couple of times, but had no problem going back to sleep. If you're a normal to heavy sleeper, you will be fine!
(Note--The hotel provides ear plugs!)

Free wifi and breakfast (waffles, yogurt, fruit, orange juice, almond milk, pb and j)

Overall, a great and affordable place to stay in Downtown Seattle! I highly recommend booking this hotel!!

28/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
137. Brianna S.
I'm in love with you...

I finally tried an Ace hotel! And I pretty much love everything about it. From the sleek modern design, the location, the free waffles and coffee to go, to the clean bathrooms that were playing Cocteau Twins as I showered, the windows the peered out into the city, cozy blankets and warm feel throughout.

If you've been to Europe, sharing a bathroom is the norm. It doesn't bother me at all, as long as they are clean. They were always open and available whenever we needed them. Perfect smelling toiletries to boot!

22/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
138. Rachel V.
Ace provides an excellent alternative hotel experience, in every sense of the word, and I'm a big fan. Its uniqueness is as much a breath of fresh air as its pretension is endearing-the quirk is just right. The location is great, with close proximity to transit as well as walking distance to a variety of hotspots. To top it off, I had a complimentary, delicious, homemade PB&J waffle accompanied by Stumptown for breakfast...kick ass TOP NOTCH.

My one and only complaint is the showerhead in the shared bathrooms. When you have immaculate bathrooms with really nice complimentary toiletries, you can spend $40 on a decent showerhead. Otherwise, the shared bathrooms were a non-issue (always single-occupant). I had a really lovely time staying here (for a very affordable price!) and looking forward to returning very soon, I hope.

17/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
139. May A.
Cozy, and hip. Complimentary breakfast WAFFLES~ + coffee [I think it was Stumptown?] YES!
Not really a fan of the community showers, but it's good to experience different things I suppose. This hotel has a quirky artful charm- maybe a bit "Euro"
Recommend for couples. Good service.

25/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
140. Cameron R.
Such a fantastic hotel! I was a little worried at first when we booked the room since we booked one with a shared bathroom. However, although the bathrooms are shared, it is just 5 separate bathrooms that you can lock the door on so you have plenty of privacy and they are all very well kept. Our room was one of the smaller rooms and right across from the front desk and above a bar, but it was still fine. They provide free ear plugs (and condoms) which helps with the street noise. The hotel staff is very friendly and had great recommendations on places to eat and drink. There is also free breakfast every morning (waffles, yogurt, toast, coffee, milk, and oj) which is a plus. The location is pretty perfect as we were about 3 blocks from Pike's market, and also the Sound. For the price I don't think you could possibly get a better hotel and I will definitely stay here again and would recommend to anyone!

10/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0