The Best Hotels in Portland: From Artsy to Extravagant

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With a booming music, art, and foodie culture, Portland has earned a spot among west coast cities as worthy of a visit, in and of itself. With next-generation dining, fun-yet-refined accommodations, and a friendly, stylish downtown, the Rose City is the brightest pearl in Oregon’s jewelry box. Whether your style is more indie band or business casual, here are the best hotels in Portland.

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Lodging / Portland

Mark Spencer

This urbane addition to Portland’s thriving downtown area is just a few short blocks from O’Bryant Square and the Portland Art Museum. The spacious rooms are sleekly designed with furniture built custom for the hotel, and hung with artwork from Portland’s vibrant scene. Guests wake up to complimentary tea, coffee, and cookies, and end the day with a complimentary wine tasting featuring bottles from the Willamette Valley AVA.

Insider Tip

The hotel is supposedly haunted and guest reports of mysterious encounters are not uncommon.

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Lodging / Portland

Heathman Hotel

Built in 1927, The Heathman Hotel is one of the few remaining historic hotels operating in Portland and is brimming with Jazz Age splendor. The chic hotel has plenty of contemporary touches, though, like marble bathrooms, giant beds, and colorful furniture. The fact that each room comes with a French press coffee pots hints at The Heathman Hotel’s overall sophistication.

Insider Tip

Get yourself educated by looking over the book-lending library at this hotel – leave the novel you read on your way up to Oregon and take a new one.

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Lodging / Portland

Hotel Monaco Portland

A few minutes away from many favorite Portland attractions like the Portland Japanese Garden or Portland Art Museum, Hotel Monaco Portland is both a fashionable castle and a welcome retreat from the city’s bustling downtown. The richly decorated lobby feels like a billionaire’s den, complete with beautiful artwork by local Oregon artists. Since the hotel possesses 220 eccentrically decorated rooms, it offers a range of options depending on the size of your party, budget, and what view of the downtown area you want.

Insider Tip

Fun is extremely important to the hotel’s owners – there is a giant Jenga game available to play in the lobby.

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Lodging / Portland

Ace Hotel

This trendy spot is housed within a historic building and is less than a mile away from Portland’s happening Pearl District. Different rooms include all types of eccentric touches like modernist chandeliers or hipster-approved terrariums; no stay will be exactly the same. Other on-trend features include an old photo booth in the lobby, record players in the rooms, and elegant claw-foot tubs in the bathrooms.

Insider Tip

When you aren’t in your room jamming to the great vinyl selection included with each room, take a two-minute stroll to Powell’s Books, one of the best bookstores on the West Coast.

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Lodging / Portland

RiverPlace, a Larkspur Hotel

Built on the tranquil banks of the Willamette River that runs through the City of Roses, Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel is a local favorite among Oregonians. The praise is well-earned – Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel has the charm of a boutique hotel but each room also includes the modern luxury of a big city establishment. The place is so focused on relaxation, a yoga mat is supplied in every room.

Insider Tip

The weekend brunch at Three Degrees Restaurant, the hotel’s restaurant, features delectable bites like bacon-wrapped oysters and berry compote-topped waffles.

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Lodging / Portland

The Nines

This lavish hotel is a bacchanalia of luxury right in the middle of downtown Portland, only steps away from light rail stations and great shopping. Built inside a former department store, the hotel has 331 deliciously-decorated rooms with high ceilings, plush beds, and carefully picked furniture. The fitness center, open 24 hours, gets high marks from many guests for its cleanliness as well as its great selection of equipment and weights.

Insider Tip

The Departure Restaurant, the hotel’s rooftop bar, is the best way to start – or finish – a night out in Portland, serving high-end Asian fusion cuisine, a great selection of exotic cocktails, and the longest sake list in the city.

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Lodging / Portland

Jupiter Hotel

This hip boutique hotel is housed within a former midcentury motor lodge crossed with a huge dose of Portland trendiness. With each room featuring large beds, sleekly decorated bathrooms, and giant art prints, The Jupiter Hotel is where rock’n’roll meets Pacific Northwest relaxation. Voodoo Doughnuts, Portland’s famed doughnut innovator, and the chic Stumptown Coffee Roasters are just a short walk away.

Insider Tip

While not exclusively for the young, The Jupiter Hotel is definitely for the young of heart – some of the best parties in the city happen here, every night.

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Lodging / Portland

Hotel Lucia

Although located right in the middle of downtown Portland, Hotel Lucia offers a relaxing, elegant escape from the city’s busy center. The rooms of this recently renovated boutique hotel offer cutting-edge design as well as plenty of comfort, making each one hip but not too trendy. Pets are very welcomed and even encouraged – Hotel Lucia actually provides pet room service.

Insider Tip

Take a look at the “pillow menu” upon your arrival and choose from a range of specialty pillows.

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