The Best Hotels in Portland, Oregon 2021

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Best Overall: The Duniway Portland

The Duniway Portland, a Hilton Hotel

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The Duniway, a boutique hotel in Portland, achieves its rank of "best overall" due to the staff's exemplary service, the hotel's spacious rooms, and its farm-to-table restaurant. Conveniently located downtown, near the Portland Art Museum, this overnight stay is filled with character. The decor, inspired by the city’s trailblazing spirit, contains curated references to Portland's unique culture. All rooms and suites offer Waldorf Serenity beds, a 65-inch flat-screen television, an espresso machine, and luxury bath products. The corner suites even come equipped with a separate living room for added space.

If you can drag yourself away from your luxurious room, relax by the heated indoor pool, spend a lazy summer afternoon at the rooftop hang-out, or grab a gourmet cup of coffee at the hotel's coffee bar, complete with expert baristas. A fitness center and in-room massages are available for those looking to up their wellness game. And, the menu at Jackrabbit PDX, the hotel's main eatery, showcases the area's finest local produce.

Best Budget: McMenamins Crystal Hotel

Crystal Hotel, Portland, Oregon

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McMenamins Crystal Hotel offers rooms at a budget price—just over $100 a night—but a stay here is several steps up from a typical Motel 6. The hotel's exceptional location is nestled between downtown Portland and the trendy Pearl District, with the Crystal Ballroom, an iconic live music venue, right next door. The 100-year-old hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and each of its 51 rooms, and suites are uniquely decorated in tribute to a song or performance from the Ballroom’s history.

All rooms access shared bathrooms, while suites have their own, and free WiFi is available throughout the property. While there are no televisions in the rooms, the hotel's subterranean, saltwater Soaking Pool, Al’s Den, which hosts free nightly concerts, and Ringlers Annex, a speakeasy-style watering hole, will keep you occupied. Or, head to Zeus Café for seasonal dishes in a friendly space defined by an open-air kitchen and stained glass windows.

Best Boutique: The Heathman Hotel

The Heathman Hotel

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The Heathman Hotel—a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide—opened in 1927 in downtown Portland. Still, this landmark historical property offers every modern comfort and convenience—think marble bathrooms, plush bathrobes and slippers, a pillow menu, and evening turndown service—in every room. All stays come complete with a locally inspired in-room bar stocked with the finest Portland craft spirits, beers, and treats. And, your personal concierge can assist you with theater tickets and restaurant reservations around the clock.

Book a romantic night for two in one of the hotels' art-themed rooms, and make sure to visit the two-story Heathman Library, stocked with more than 2,700 volumes signed by their authors, including Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, Poet Laureates, and a former US President. (Many of these celebrities have also been guests at the hotel.) Round out your stay by working out in the fitness center, pampering Fido with some pet-friendly amenities, ranging from beds and bowls to toys and treats, or by riding on one of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles.

Best for Families: Inn at Northrup Station

Inn at Northrup Station

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The Inn at Northrup Station is located on the streetcar line in Northwest Portland, offering families a fun way to explore the city, as the hotel issues complimentary streetcar passes at check-in. Kids will love the colorful, retro decor almost as much as the large bowls of sweets in the lobby. All suites are suitable for families, offering a full kitchen and hangout area, complete with a dishwasher and Keurig coffeemaker. And adults will appreciate a quiet moment on the room's private balconies, long after the kids have gone to sleep.

Each day at the Inn at Northrup Station starts with a complimentary grab-and-go continental breakfast in the lobby. And in the summer, the whole family can kick back after a busy day of sightseeing on the rooftop terrace. 

Best for Romance: Royal Sonesta

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland

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For the perfect couples retreat in Portland, look no further than the Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown. The hotel complements its architecturally rich 20th-century exterior with whimsical interiors dressed in a rainbow of colors. All rooms and suites set the scene for romance, with sumptuous Italian linens, luxury bathroom amenities, and a mini-bar stocked with local delicacies. For special occasions, consider splurging on the Grand Suite, which comes with a spacious living room and deep-soaking Fuji jetted tub. After exploring the city on the hotel’s complimentary bicycles, book a couple's massage in the seclusion of your own room or in the hotel's privately-owned on-site spa. Or, enjoy a night on the town by dining at one of Portland's neighboring restaurants.

Best Luxury: The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel

The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel

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Across the street from the Royal Sonesta lies one of Portland’s most prestigious addresses: The Nines. This five-star hotel occupies the top floors of the historic Meier & Frank Building, priding itself on its contemporary luxury. The decor is defined by an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and installations by local artists. The rooms and suites are literally "dressed to the nines" with ivory-colored leather headboards, satin draperies, and elegant recamier sofas upholstered in Tiffany blue velvet.

Rooms on the twelfth floor enjoy access to the exclusive Club Lounge, where complimentary food and drink presentations are served at breakfast and throughout lunch. The hotel concierge team is on-hand to organize memorable Portland excursions, and the hotel's library is the perfect place to kick back with a book or play a game of billiards. Two excellent restaurants at The Nines—The Urban Farmer, a modern steakhouse, and The Departure, serving Asian cuisine—offer exceptional meals for hotel guests only.

Best for Business: Embassy Suites by Hilton, Portland Downtown

Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland - Downtown

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Located just across the river from the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland, the Embassy Suites by Hilton, a historic hotel, was built in 1912. But today, it’s all about modern comfort. Corporate guests benefit from a 24-hour business center and a wide range of meeting facilities, including two ballrooms, a five-room conference center, and 20 conference suites, perfect for breakout sessions. Professional meeting planners are available to help ensure your event is a success. In between meetings, blow off steam in the fitness center or with a few laps in the heated indoor pool.

The two-room suites boast a separate living room, two 55-inch televisions, a microwave and a refrigerator, as well as a hypoallergenic PURE treatment throughout, including hypoallergenic beds, sheeting, and an air purification system. Your room rate includes a complimentary breakfast each morning, and an evening reception—perfect for networking with colleagues over local wine and appetizers. Head to Mother’s Bistro and Bar for a taste of home, with meals inspired by recipes from your mother's kitchen. 

Best Guest House: Lion and the Rose Victorian Guest House

Lion and the Rose Victorian Guest House

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The Lion and the Rose Victorian Guest House is the perfect choice for those in search of an intimate experience. Located in the city's historic Irvington district, the guest house is known for its tranquil location and friendly hosts. The highlight, however, is the building—a 1906 Queen Anne mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home features a wrap-around porch and picturesque turret. All eight guest rooms are lovingly decorated with period furnishings, and each one has its own unique talking point. For instance, the Lavonna Room boasts a round cupola seating area, and the Joseph Room has a four-poster bed and fireplace. The rooms come equipped with air-conditioning, cable television, and complimentary WiFi.

Upon checking in, you can opt for a hearty plated breakfast, including a lavish spread of freshly prepared items that rotate on a daily basis. Throughout the day, visit Grandma’s treat table for cookies, pretzels, and candies. Shared relaxation areas include two elegant parlors and a gazebo in the courtyard garden.

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