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“Amazing stay at the Ace!”
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Ace Hotel
Ranked #56 of 100 Hotels in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
rachel&chris
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amazing stay at the Ace!”
Reviewed 25 February 2007

We loved our recent stay at the Ace hotel! Here is why you should choose the Ace (according to us):

Location. The Ace is in Belltown, we walked everywhere we went, and we found that belltown was the perfect spot. The best resturants, and close to the free bus zone if you can't stand the walk. We even took the bus back to the airport (it only cost $4.00!)
*try the Macrina Bakery, and Marco's Supperclub which is located across the street from the Ace!

Price: for what we paid $85.00, we didn't expect much of anything. But, we received first class treatment for almost nothing! Our room was one of the cheapest rooms they offer (shared bathroom, no view) and we liked that. It was very cozy, and the shared bathrooms were always clean! Believe me, I was scared of the idea of shared bathrooms, but at the Ace, I prefer it. The showers are huge, and they pump in soft music. Our room was clean, and the hotel itself was beautiful. Modern, and crisp.
The breakfast in the morning was great too! Fresh juice, milk, toast, fruit; we were always happy to eat down in the cute kitchen area.

Staff: I can honestly tell you that the staff at the Ace hotel is and was the best we had ever met. They always were willing to look things up for us online, give info, loan dvds, and a dvd player to the guests, give out free magazines---just all around helpfull.

The Hotel vs. Other Hotels: After our trip in Seattle we headed to two other cities...we booked the most expensive hotels, and yet we were still pining for the Ace!

Check them out when you are Seattle, and check out our candid pictures too!

  • Liked — The Location, Staff, and Modern feel.
  • Disliked — I honestly loved my entire stay.
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 21 February 2007

Really enjoyed my time here. Interesting decor with unique touches everywhere. Was super clean and tidy, bathrooms (although shared) were spacious, very clean and always available. The breakfast was more than adequate, fresh and simple and quite healthy, which is a nice change from the usual cardiac inducing breakfast fare served at most hotels. Would definitely stay again.

  • Liked — Interesting decor & concept
  • Disliked — Staff were a little indifferent at times, no one at check in
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled solo
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1 Thank Jo_au
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seattle, US & munich, germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2007

I actually stayed at the Ace 2 new years eve's ago, and live in Seattle. I've popped in on occasion to make sure they're still the same, as I always route friends and people visiting Seattle to the Ace.

It's downtown, on a busy street (1st ave) and rooms on the interior have no view.

But the rooms are funky modern, and if you get a room with 'shared bath', then they give you bath robes and it's just fun! You have to be OK with shared baths and a little noise (ask for a room facing the side street or back of the hotel).

Otherwise, you are in the best neighborhood of seattle- accessible to seattle center, tons of great bars and restaurants (for casual try belltown pizza and cyclops- they'll surprise you with great food and very stiff drinks!, for a nicer meal out try Zoe, and for breakfast you MUST walk across the street to Macrina bakery for a morning glory or rocket muffin- all food places are within 5 blocks of the Ace Hotel), fish market/pike place, the waterfront, downtown shopping, etc. You are also only a couple blocks from the 'free ride zone' on the buses to get you anywhere you want to go downtown.

If you want standard, this is not your place. If you want to experience seattle, and are willing to roll with the punches and want a little more adventure, Ace Hotel will fit you perfectly. And you cant beat the price for downtown seattle!!

  • Liked — Location, location, location!! Funky room decor and ambiance. True feel of seattle, and AMAZING value.
  • Disliked — a little noisy
  • Tips/Secrets — Ask for a room on the side or back of the hotel.
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank seattle&munich
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Seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2006

I really stayed here about 8 months ago, but when I noticed all the horrible comments I just had to make my own. The concensus seems that if you're over 40 you most likely won't like this place. It's a different type of hotel, complete with condoms and kama sutra books. So anyone that's very religious might not find this too humorous, while others will think it's hilarious (as did I). Even the art on the walls weren't your typical boring hotel feel. I actually took pictures of this room because I loved it so much. Plus, the most fantastic part about my stay here (besides the great shampoo/conditioner and how the bathroom was designed in general) was the free breakfast! It wasn't your standard old banana with some concentrated OJ. It was make your own parfait, with fresh OJ and even Soy Milk. This is definitely for a certain type of crowd. And people that want something more luxurious shouldn't stay here. People that appreciate a cleaner more modern style should. Plus, it's located in Belltown, which is in walkable distance to Pike Place Market (where they throw the fish) and the Space Needle.

Side note: They bought their cool Swiss blankets at the Army Navy Surplus store, which is right down the block from the hotel.

Another side note: Macrina Bakery is considered one of the best breakfast/pastry places to eat in Seattle, which is right across the street from the hotel.

Hope this steers people in the right direction.

  • Stayed August 2006, travelled on business
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13 Thank thisandthat3
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NY, NY
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2006

Currently staying at the Ace Hotel on business, since other hotels downtown are booked. The hotel is decent, but more like a 2 star based on my experiences. Overall my experience has been just ok. The room is a "deluxe" room according to the hotel, which isn't very deluxe-it just means I get to avoid sharing a bathroom. So here's my summary:

Pros:

Location-Plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. Convinience store across the street. And an easy walk to downtown about 10 minutes. For those who don't want to walk, there's a bus stop right outside the hotel with frequent service. If you walk a block or two further closer to downtown, you'll be within the "free ride" zone to save yourself a 1.25/1.50 at rush hour.

Wireless Intenet included

The hotel is clean.

Small continental breakfast included featuring toast, granola cereal and juice included in price.

Cons:

No elevator at the entry, so you have to climb a decent flight of stairs to the reception area. Not a big deal for the young, but could be a hassle if you've got heavy luggage.

Receptionists seem friendly enough, but you can tell this is part-time work for them, and they don't seem to be all that interested in the comings and goings of people. I've walked past them numerous times at all hours of the night without so much as a look up to see who is coming into the hotel, or to give a simple greeting.

Rooms are small, just enough for a bed, and a tiny desk and chair. And I'm in the "deluxe." Decor is trying to be boutique-y, but to me it just looks like a sanatorium. Walls in the hallways and rooms are all white. There is no closet or drawers to speak of, so your luggage and clothes are on the floor in an already small room. You do have metal hangars hanging from a coat hanger on the wall which you can hear clanking at night and in the morning from the adjacent room. Bathroom is ok size, but looks cheap, with only a stand-up shower and toilet with open u-faced seating like in an airport or store, which isn't a big deal except that the towel holder is placed right above it, and to get a folded, stacked, and jammed in there towel out, it's easy to pull out the rest of them which fall into the toilet--not real smart thinking Ace. Naked lightbulb serves as the lighting for the room, which adds to the hostel/sanitorium/potential flophouse hotel effect. And the clincher is tv on a wall arm extending from the ceiling. There's nothing like a tv attached to the wall/ceiling to give you that "motel" feeling.

Also, you have to leave a "service room" tag on your door when you leave, or they will not do housekeeping. They try and sell it as "leaving you alone," but I think it's more about saving money.

Summation: For location, and due to the few options available in this price range, this hotel is a decent option. But to call it a "boutique" hotel experience and charge a discounted corporate rate of 160 a night for a plain room that measures 15X15 in Seattle? That's definitely not aces.

  • Stayed June 2006, travelled on business
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10 Thank nycwestvillage
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London, England
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15 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2006

Great hotel. The rooms are really fun - not huge but certainly different and comfortable. We stayed in a room with a shared bathroom but we never had to queue for one of them, even in the mornings - in fact, we could take our pick and they are palatious and clean. Don't worry about the noise either - our room was literally right over the Cyclops bar and if you have the window open it's noisy but as soon as you shut the window it's pretty quiet. Great location too - right in Belltown so loads of bars and restaurants nearby, 10 mins walk from the Space Needle and in the other direction, 10 minutes walk from downtown. Great value place to stay in Seattle, maybe not a place for the over 40s though.

  • Stayed April 2006
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5 Thank MattBLondon_England
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Orange, Australia
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2006

We chose Ace Hotel from a directory found at a deserted stand at the airport because it appeared to be close to the Clipper terminal. It is! Had to give credit card details over the phone when making reservation/enquiry so was committed. Somewhat apprehensive on entering building and again on entering room. We are the "parents" another reviewer alluded to and were amused by some of the items supplied along with tea and coffee.
However,the reception,the room- we were kindly upgraded, I think, in deference to our age,the breakfasts,the cleanliness, the friendliness of staff, the location and convenience all contributed to a great couple of days despite the rain.Ace has no control over the weather. Yes we would stay again- the Clipper service on 14th Jan- that's another story!

  • Stayed January 2006
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5 Thank rayw159
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Property: Ace Hotel
Address: 2423 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
Region: United States > Washington > Seattle > Belltown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #56 of 100 Hotels in Seattle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Ace Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 28
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