The Ace Hotels interest me. This group of hipster-ish inns has locations in Seattle, Portland, Palm Springs, LA and New York though it’s headquartered in Portland which makes way too much sense. And a quick peek at Wikipedia tells me that the episode of Portlandia with the music festival and they go to the hotel is a parody of the Ace Hotel in Portland. Well let us analyze this trendy locale, shall we? Mary Beth was recently in NYC so she visited the Ace there, but the concept as a whole seems minimal and dormy with an air of too coolness. I can tell you right now that its location in Seattle is pretty prime: nestled in Belltown it’s close to the Olympic Sculpture Park, Puget Sound but also in decent proximity to the Queen Anne nabe which is all at once young, family-oriented, bar-friendly, restaurant-exciting, expensive and hip. In fact I used to work at a gallery less than a block from this hotspot. While the indie kids seem to be the inspiration for these hotels, their target audience is probably not that group. But these hotels do seem to encompass the “I knew about it before it was cool” agenda.
Ok, sorry the pictures of interiors. I think funky is the best word to use for these designs. They are cool in a way that you always want to be cool but don’t have a vision problem so you don’t need glasses and even if you did you could never pull them off the way those beanie-wearing, scruffy-faced, flannel-clad babes can. Anyway, I think the design speaks for itself especially having been prefaced by my explanation of hipster sensibility and atmosphere.
 If you will.
 AKA the motherland cities of the so-called hipster nation.
 Also in close proximity to the Coachella festival of Indio, CA: a Woodstock wannabe of preppy-attempting-hipster nation and also just smelly hippies/hipsters. A concert which demands pilgrimage to any and all trying to be hip.
 Nyuck nyuck nyuck.
 Which is north of downtown and has cool bars, restaurants and galleries…
 HOWEVER, I think of hipsters as bloggers, eating beans out of cans and devoting their life to music. There very well could be (and in fact I know plenty) rich hipsters. This is not meant to be stereotyping, don’t get mad.