In between gorging ourselves at Portland’s restaurants, we slept at the Ace Hotel. The moment I walked into the Ace Hotel’s lobby, I thought of the scene in Portlandia (a sketch comedy about Portland – even funnier now that I’ve visited) where they spoof the hipster hotel. The Ace Hotel is a little too cool for its own good (there’s soap-on-a-rope & the robes are elongated hoodies); like Wiliamsburg on crack.
After setting my bags down, I noticed our room’s shower was right there, open to the bedroom, no shower curtain. Really? Again? This isn’t my first exposed bathing situation.
Last summer Reed and I stayed at a very cool hotel (long on design, short on comfort) in the South of France where a few feet from the foot of the bed was the bath, in the center of the room. The bed itself was ascetically striking but creaked loudly if you so much as shifted your weight. Really? If your going to be all sexy with the shower at the foot of the bed, shouldn’t you should think through the bed design a little more?
Ace Hotel Room, note the shower
Anyway, back to the shower at hand. In-room showers feel so forced, like the hotel’s telling you how you should act if your going to stay at the Ace Hotel. My over all feeling of the Ace Hotel was that it’s cool but a little contrived.
On to the food, the Clyde Common restaurant, accessed through the Ace Hotel’s lobby, isn’t a typical hotel restaurant. With long communal tables, it seems right at home in Portland. Reed and I started with the crab salad over seared tomatoes & apricots. Like the other crab dishes I tried earlier on our trip, it wasn’t weighed down with mayonnaise or fillers. Its was simply crab, tossed with a light herbal dressing over a bed of seared tomatoes and apricots. Very refreshing.