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The vibrant city of Portland is known for arts, culture, theater, hipster locals and the underrated wine region of Willamette Valley. Portland continues to reinvent new neighborhoods, but the Pearl District, Southeast, Nob Hill (Northwest Portland) and downtown Portland are some of the most popular. Get lost for hours in Powell’s Books, try Voodoo Doughnut, take in a show at the Crystal Ballroom or visit one of 500 nearby vineyards. The city is easy accessible by foot or efficient public transportation, and those seeking a unique hotel stay will not be disappointed. Art and photography are themes found in many of the city’s boutique hotels – several which are housed in stunning, historic buildings. Here are the 10 best boutique hotels in Portland.
Best Amenities: Hotel DeLuxe
The 130-room, Hotel DeLuxe, is perfect for travelers seeking a hotel with many amenities. Built in 1912, Hotel Deluxe is modeled after Hollywood’s Golden Age, with stunning photography of film shoots in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. There’s even a “pop up cinema” showing classic movies. Some stand-out amenities of the hotel include an ice cream delivery service, pillow menu, a spiritual menu of books-on-tape and even massage treatments for pets. Standard Rooms are a tad small, but have 24-hour room service, iPod stations and luxurious bath robes. An on-site restaurant serves Pacific Northwest dishes, but guests can also relax during afternoon tea or have a cocktail in the Driftwood Room. For those seeking an easy way around town, “Zip Car” rental programs are available right from the property. Or, for a little more style, a 1966 Rolls-Royce offers charter tours.
Best Budget: Silver Cloud Inn
The 82-room, Silver Cloud Inn is a reasonably-priced option for travelers on a budget, and is located next to the Nob Hill shopping district with a variety of boutiques and stores. A free (and plentiful) breakfast is included in the rate, as is covered parking, guest laundry and WiFi. On select days a cocktail reception and free shuttle van are also offered. Rooms are very spacious, with modern décor, sofa sleepers, mini refrigerators and microwaves. Although intimate, the Silver Cloud Inn lacks the artistic design elements found in some of the other boutique hotels. TripAdvisor members appreciated the Northwest Portland location, proximity to restaurants and helpful hotel staff.
Best Location: The Mark Spencer
Located where the West End meets the Pearl District, the Mark Spencer is an excellent base for guests to explore the area by foot. The 101 rooms are extremely spacious and are individually decorated, with features like luxurious bedding, Carrera marble baths and Italian glass tile showers. Free breakfast, WiFi and afternoon tea and cookies are included in the rate. Guests can mingle in the beautiful atrium courtyard or at the evening wine and cheese reception to sample the area’s fines vintages. TripAdvisor members loved that they could walk to Powell’s Books, Deschutes Brewery, The Roxy Diner (across the street) and plenty of food trucks. Pets are welcome, but a fee applies.
Best for Families: Inn at Northrup
For families seeking a different side of the city, The Inn at Northrup is located in a dynamic neighborhood outside downtown Portland and makes for a refreshing change of scenery. Interior designs by local artists give the inn a hip, retro feel that’s full of bright and cheery color color palettes. The hotel offers guests a free trolley ride, endless saltwater taffy (the kids will love this), bike rentals and continental breakfast, plus special wine and beer tastings on select nights. Suites cater to families and have full kitchens with barstools for mingling, bright purple walls and lamps and iPod docking stations. TripAdvisor members noted that the streetcar can be heard during the early morning, so light sleepers should consider a room away from the street. Several restaurants are within walking distance between NW 21st or 23rd (known as “restaurant row),” as are breweries, art galleries and coffee shops.
Best Bohemian: Crystal Hotel
Travelers interested in Portland’s counterculture should consider the Crystal Hotel, a bohemian-style hotel located across from the legendary Crystal Ballroom music venue. Each of the 51 hotel rooms has its own rock-and-roll themed décor, with painted panels and headboards, velvet drapery and animal print upholstery – however many have shared baths. A mood-lit soaking pool is located in the lower level, as well as a speakeasy bar and lounge that hosts comedians and music. Scents from the wood-fired oven linger at Zeus Café, the window-lined restaurant that serves American fare and small-plate options. Pet-friendly rooms are available for a reasonable fee. The hotel is located in downtown Portland within walking distance to Powell’s Books.
Best Views: Kimpton Hotel Riverplace
Perched on the picturesque Willamette River, the 84-room Kimpton Hotel Riverplace offers a tranquil stay just south of downtown Portland with beautiful views of the river and city. The hotel is a calming oasis just steps from the beach, and also features a lovely waterfront restaurant that serves fresh seafood dishes. Cozy fireplace lounges and peaceful gardens make it easy to escape for a while, but if you’d like to socialize, the hotel hosts a free wine reception. Rooms have modern, home-like décor and views of the city, courtyard or river. In-room spa treatments are available on request. Bicycles are free to use and the hotel is extremely pet-friendly without fees or restrictions.
Best for Solo Travelers: Ace Hotel
Solo travelers searching for a social atmosphere should consider booking a stay at the Ace Hotel, a hipster-haven located in the old Clyde Hotel building in downtown Portland. Single rooms have just 200 square feet of space, a sink and vanity, and shared baths are down the hall. Mingle with other guests in the mezzanine or grab a drink in the 36-seat basement bar. Hotel décor consists of dark woods, bookshelves overflowing with worldly accents and an urban-industrial feel. Breakfast is an additional charge and coffee is available in the lobby. The Living Room Theaters is just across the street, and the Clyde Common restaurant, a European-style tavern, is located next door.
Best for Business: Hotel Lucia
With three different meeting and event spaces and a location in the heart of downtown, the 135-room Hotel Lucia is a prime choice for business travelers who enjoy boutique hotels. The hotel features a stunning gallery of black-and-white photos by Pulitzer prize-winning photographer, David Hume Kennerly. The hotel was originally built in 1909 when it was a place for cattle ranchers to visit and do business, and today features décor from the Art Deco era. The 128 rooms have an option designed just for business travelers (premium rooms), with spacious work desks, free WiFi, incredibly comfortable beds and access to a 24-hour business center. The hotel has a counter-service diner with grab-and-go options, in addition to a more traditional sit-down restaurant and bar.
Best Historic: Sentinel
This historic icon was renovated in March 2014 and now has 100 rooms divided between the east and west wing. Built in 1909, the hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and still maintains the elegance of that time. Antique doors, leather lounge furniture, and striking artwork enhance the historic appeal. Rooms have luxuries such as iPod docking stations, bathrobes, an honor bar and free WiFi. For dining and socializing, there’s an inviting lobby bar and an American grill and restaurant that TripAdvisor members rave about. The hotel is located steps from Pioneer Courthouse Square and a few blocks from the Portland Art Museum.
Best in Wine Country: The Allison Inn and Spa
Located 45 minutes outside Portland, the Allison Inn and Spa is ideal for wine aficionados seeking a secluded stay without venturing too far from the city limits. Perched in the Willamette Valley near several award-winning wineries, the Allison Inn and Spa is a luxurious retreat with excellent views of the countryside. The hotel has 85 rooms and suites with gas fireplaces, wet bars, original artwork and custom furnishings. Melt stress away in the sprawling, 15,000-square-foot-spa with 12-treatment rooms, an indoor pool and whirlpool. An elegant, open-kitchen restaurant uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients and has an expansive wine menu. Guests can also stroll along the walking path and gardens lined with beautiful sculptures.