While checking in the staff told me I had their favorite room. They were just in it the day before jumping on the bed for a photoshoot.
I did the rounds in the lobby before heading up to my room. Check out this awesome installation by Michael Anderson of graffiti stickers he created between 1994 and 2004. The staff told me that sometimes people try to sneak their own stickers into the mix, but the Ace staff is on the case - few succeed.
Close ups of the stickers.
Surfer Blood, Beach House, Spoon... the lobby's got some solid options from our frineds at Other Music.
I checked out the event space we had the OC opening party in to get a better view of it when it's not packed with people. I love the back wall speakers - a hand me down from the Number Nine store.
The walls are covered with thick glossy paint over a vintage wallpaper - creating this awesome lacquered black motif.
Off to my room.
They were not kidding... check it out!
A few rooms at the Ace have a mural created by a different artist. Mine’s got a graffiti wall mural by Mint&Serf.
Herringbone floors. Perfect.
When you enter the room, the radio's on and playing 91.5 - an homage to the hotel's indie North West roots and their love for John Richards.
Check out the view...
A perfect ensemble of mags.
One featured a story about the room I was in. Meta.
A stack of cards, some mad libs from OC, and an In Touch to keep it real and balance out the heavy stack of international fashion mags resting on the coffee table.
I checked in post-dinner time and opted to sample some of the round the clock room service from the Breslin.
An 8 ball from OC helps you make the right decisions even when travling alone.
Did I make the right choice?
Sure did! The goat cheese and leek tart with a mixed green salad. Majorly delish.
In case you just need a nosh, the fridge is stocked with some creative options.
Like a Heineken keg!
The snack bar.
Danny, one of the managers at the OC, stopped in to check out the room.
And found some familiar faces in iD
We tried out some deserts from the Breslin.
The chocolate doughnut with cinnimon sugar is as ridiculous as it looks.
We headed down to the always packed Breslin Bar to meet Diane and John for a drink. Luckily they saved us a seat.
When I headed back into the room, I browsed the TV options before tucking in. OC at the Ace stocks the entire Criterion Collection so I grabbed a few options.
However, the Ace Picks rental series is beyond amazing! The Decemberists even have their own station!
As does Butt Magazine
I opted for this edition of Wolphin found at OC and called it a night.
The next morning I got up, put on some records, did some work, and headed to the gym.
Lots to choose from...
I stuck with Stevie Wonder - it was just that kind of morning.
I had the place to myself and was totally into the boxing-gym aesthetic. The heavy bag in the gym was actually featured in Bull Durham.
Back at my room...
The comfiest robe. A grey long hoodie beats terry cloth any day.
I stopped into Stumptown to have the most excellent cup of coffee in recent experience, and a good people watching stint as well.
After dropping into the OC store, it was back downtown to the office. Too bad, I could get used to this. Thanks ACE!