Spin Laundry Lounge, the hippest laundromat in Portland — Photo courtesy of Nate Watters / Spin Laundry Lounge
How does a laundromat make it onto a major travel site like 10Best? Well, let’s just say that anything seems to be possible in Portland, Ore., even turning a chore like doing laundry into a hip thing to do.
Morgan Gary has done exactly this by opening Spin Laundry Lounge, Portland’s first and only eco-friendly laundromat that has a bar and café upstairs. She has literally transformed the laundromat experience.
Spin Laundry Lounge features state-of-the-art, energy-efficient Electrolux washers and dryers in an old-school café environment. These energy-efficient appliances save time, money and reduce your carbon foot print.
Nellie’s All-Natural laundry soap is provided complimentary with every load of clothes.
In addition to offering sustainable laundry products, they also have coffee roasted special just for Spin Laundry Lounge by Fog Valley. Not only do they have coffee, but they offer beer, wine and local eats as well.
Now you can get your laundry done, while enjoying a microbrew, kombucha or custom cup of coffee at the same exact time!
The cafe and bar at Spin Laundry Lounge — Photo courtesy of Nate Watters / Spin Laundry Lounge
Food is served all day long at Spin Laundry Lounge from 8 a.m. until midnight each day. For breakfast, you have choices like pastries or oatmeal. Throughout the day, they have snacks like Masala Pop – Indian spiced popcorn – and charcuterie board with Grand Central como, assorted olympic provisions, mixed olives and mustards available.
During lunch and dinner, you can enjoy something filling like a salad or panini. They have amazing paninis like their Delta Jeanne Panini, crafted with Diestel turkey, Swiss, arugula, Marshall's cranberry red jalapeño haute sauce or a Carousel Panini, made with ham from Olympic Provisions, cheddar, apples, arugula and honey mustard. They offer food selections to accommodate children as well, like PB&Js.
Ingredients here are locally sourced and include organic, vegan and gluten-free options.
Their small plates . . . are perfect, because it doesn’t take long to do a load of laundry; their washers can hold anywhere from 18 to 75 pounds of clothes. This reduces the amount of loads you would normally have to do.
While you enjoy your meal, you can relax knowing that they have 24-hour surveillance. Plus, Spin’s machines send a text when your laundry's got just ten minutes left, and then again when it's done.
There are TVs showing local games and complimentary shuffleboard. They have some classic arcade games like Ms. Pac-Man and pinball, too. If you need to get some work done, bring your laptop: they have free WiFi.