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Where the hippest hotel in America got started

Located in a former Salvation Army halfway house, Seattle's Ace Hotel was the first Ace Hotel, and at 28 rooms, is by far the smallest location opened by the of-the-moment mini-chain. Thankfully, in spite of its success, it's still surprisingly affordable.The whole place is designed to be kinda like the lobby's tiny "welcome" sign above: pretty minimal. But some rooms offer partial water views and the unique opportunity to be in your bedroom and your bathroom at the same time!Individual rooms have their own mix of youth-friendly furniture, local art, and decorative touches like the kind of rotary phone that only the oldest members of your local Rotary Club still know how to use.Get clean in this deluxe room's glass enclosed shower, then head downstairs to see what the Hotel's nightlife-heavy neighborhood has to offer.The Ace shares a historic brick building with the Cyclops Cafe and Panther Room Bar, two iconic spots where the names alone pretty much say what the mural sprayed on the side of said historic building does.