[trip style = budget conscious]
The Ace Seattle is a trimmed-down trendsetter who took up residence in an old maritime flophouse, converting its brick walls and hardwood floors into a 28-room hotel that feels more gallery than guesthouse.
The first member of the Ace Hotels quartette (the other members reside in PDX, PSP and NYC), the Ace spares guests from the frilly and unnecessary, offering a stark white space accented by nature-infused photomurals---think: white horse galloping through a field---and organic elements like wooden stumps, terrariums and re-purposed furniture.
Euro-meets-utilitarian rooms are stripped down to the essentials in a way that makes you want to sketch them for an art class. Bathrooms are large and industrial-esque as top-to-bottom whitewashed tiles make the stainless steel fittings pop.
While the Ace can run a lot cheaper than most Seattle stays, don't mistake its stark price tag and design as a penny pincher's paradise, but rather a place where artsy types mingle in minimalist bliss. Trip Styler approved!
On the edge of downtown Seattle (read: where there are a ton of it restaurants), the Ace is perched three blocks above the Elliott Bay waterfront.
Spring and summer host Seattle’s high season due to their easy-breezy warmth, yet visitors flock to the urban jungle year-round.
The thought of a garden-variety stay with a dollop of blah is...well...you'd rather not. Stark spaces outfitted with just what you need (rather than a bunch of things that aren't useful) is your version of luxury.
Rates start at $109 per night and include WiFi and breakfast (DIY waffles and Stumptown coffee, anyone?). Two room types exist: deluxe rooms feature their own bathrooms behind large-scale pivoting doors, while standard rooms come with a bed, sink and access to a shared (regularly cleaned) bathroom down the hall. Furry fellows can tag along too.
[photos by @tripstyler]