Portland's Best Hotels: Stays as Eccentric and Varied as the People

When traveling to Portland, Oregon there are accommodations that will suit whatever your budget and tastes may be. Downtown is home to many creative, boutique hotels that have taken great care to create a unique guest experience. Looking to stay at a place like the Duce Hotel (as seen in the show Portlandia) that typifies everything Portland? The Jupiter Hotel is it or the Kennedy School. Business, and up-scale travelers looking for a predictable stay have large quality chains such as Hilton and Marriott at their disposal or ideally the Heathman Hotel. While the highest concentration of hotels is in Portland's Center City, there is a collection of fine offerings in the airport vicinity which cater mainly to business travelers. Budget travelers will find a selection of motels dotting the city's commercial strips and outlaying way stations. Portland's East Side has several hostels for those who don't mind communal quarters. Many of the more scenic neighborhoods are served by a selection of bed and breakfasts, many of which are operated in historic houses. When staying in Portland, keep in mind that summer is definitely the high season, with prices to match. Room availability may also be limited during peak times. During the rainier months, even the fanciest hotels are known to offer great deals.   

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The Kennedy School is a fun place to stay and a unique experience that can only be had at a McMenamins property. They have 57 rooms available. 22 of the rooms are brand new and have private bathrooms in the English Wing. All stays here include complimentary coffee each morning, and admission to the heated soaking pool and theater. Pets are still allowed to stay at the hotel, but not in any of the new rooms in the English Wing. Like all McMenamins hotels, the Kennedy School is quirky, fun, and none of the rooms have a TV.. There are restaurants and bars spread throughout the property.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Staying at the Kennedy School is an experience just in itself.

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The Society Hotel opened in late 2015 in downtown Portland fulfilling a huge need for affordable lodging. For the budget traveler they offer downtown Portland's first hostel. They have 24 bunks available in their co-ed bunk room. Each bunk has a headboard with storage space, outlets, and a curtain for added privacy. They also offer regular rooms with either shared bathrooms or their own bathrooms. The lobby features a cafe with coffee and pastries in the morning and wine and beer in the afternoon. The Society Hotel's rooftop offers amazing views of the city in all directions. On a nice days it's an ideal place to have a beer and hang out with friends.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Society Hotel is affordable lodging in the heart of downtown Portland.

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McMenamins Edgefield is home to a hotel, spa, mulitiple restaurants and bars, theater, and a winery. The grounds are absolutely beautiful including a water tower, fire pit area, vegetable garden, 3 par golf course, and the grape fields. The rooms here are simple without TVs or telephones. Some rooms have private baths, but the majority are shared baths. All guests have access to the heated soaking pool at Ruby's Spa. Instead of sitting around in a hotel room watching TV you will find yourself out and about wine tasting in the winery while listening to live music or unwinding over in the heated soaking pool.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Edgefield has something for everyone at their destination resort.

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The Jupiter Hotel is a mid-century, renovated motor inn-turned-boutique hotel in the heart of Portland, only minutes away from Downtown Portland and the Oregon Convention Center. It's also next to many popular places including Doug Fir Lounge, Casa Del Matador, Voodoo Doughnuts and Pix Patisserie. The hotel features 80 modern non-smoking, minimalist guest rooms and is pet friendly. Amenities include: complimentary coffee from local roaster Water Avenue, free wifi throughout the property, city bikes for rent, computer access, front desk concierge service and Charles Smith Walla Walla Wines and eco-friendly Natura bath products available in all guest rooms. For a fee they have on site parking available. They also have two Zipcars on site for rent

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Jupiter Hotel is in a killer location and an affordable option.

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The Heathman Hotel has to be the most romantic hotel in Portland, because not only is it a wonderful luxury hotel but it is the setting for much of the 50 Shades of Grey book series. The Heathman is a 5 star hotel in downtown Portland with 150 guest rooms and suites. They are known for their excessive amenities. All units come equipped with LCD televisions, high-speed Internet connections, safe-deposit boxes, ironing equipment, mini bars, coffee/tea makers and telephones with free local calls. Private bathrooms come with hair dryers and complimentary toiletries, among others. The Heathman Hotel is a 10-storey property that was built in 1927. This boutique-hotel provides a business center, meeting/banquet facilities, concierge services, airport transportation, a 24-hour front desk and catering services. Guests can wine and dine at the hotel's Heathman Restaurant and Bar.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: For those able to splurge this is by far the best hotel in Portland.

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The Residence Inn is a brand-new extended stay hotel in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon. They offer spacious and modern studios, one- and two-bedroom suites with separate living and sleeping areas. Enjoy home cooked meals in your suite with the a fully equipped kitchen at your disposal, and will provide complimentary grocery delivery service to fill your refrigerator. Residence Inn also offers free hot breakfast every morning. If your extended stay is business related, you'll have excellent perks including free Internet access at your disposal. Our hotel also offers a modern fitness center with an indoor pool and an evening social hours during the week.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Residence Inn is brand new and in the most popular area of town, the Pearl District.

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Hotel Monaco Portland is located in the heart of Portland, Oregon and many points of interest are within walking distance from the hotel. Each of the 221 rooms has a luxury bath with complimentary Aveda toiletries and a bathrobe. Yoga kits are provided, along with instructions on the cable television. Also available are wireless Internet, desks, premium linens, and an honor bar with organic and eco-friendly products. Many amenities are available at the Hotel Monaco Portland including an on-site bar and a restaurant with kid options. The well-equipped fitness center offers an Aveda day spa. A complete business center, with conference and meeting facilities and high-speed Internet connection, is available for business travelers. Complimentary coffee is served each morning, and a wine hour is held every evening with free beer and wine. They even have a kids program. They also will provide you with a child safety kit with outlet covers, toilet latches, and night-lights.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Hotel Monaco has everything needed to make your stay perfect.

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Lucia Hotel is located in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Several places of interest are within walking distance of the hotel, including the Washington Park, the Oregon Zoo, Pioneer Square, the Japanese Gardens, and the Portland Art Museum. The Portland Airport and Oregon Convention Center are located a short drive from the Lucia Hotel Portland (Oregon). Taxi services, public buses, and a light rail system are available for travel within the city. Guests will be able to reach most destinations in the area on foot. Each of the 127 guest rooms in the Lucia Hotel Portland (Oregon) offers luxury and standard amenities. Guests may use the cable television, irons, hair dryers, clock radios, and high-speed Internet services. The baths are stocked with robes and complimentary brand-name toiletries. Accessible accommodations are available for persons with disabilities. They also have a fitness center with a spa and a business center.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: After recently going through a renovation Hotel Lucia is better than ever in a great location.

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Built in 1894, Hotel Vintage is indeed a vintage hotel. It's interior has been completely reconstructed with fully modern updates. Now the "Vintage" refers to the wine motif used in the decor. The design is a celebration of Oregon wine country and the many vintners found there. Each room is dedicated to a local winery or vineyard and the hotel provides a nightly reception allowing guests to sample local wines. The wine cellar is even available to rent for private events looking for a unique, rustic atmosphere. With a four-star rating, Hotel Vintage has all the amenities one would expect including 24 hour business and fitness centers and an award-winning adjacent restaurant. Located in the heart of Portland downtown, everything from Powell's books to the Portland Art Museum are an easy walk.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Hotel Vintage Plaza has suites with private balconies with jacuzzis.

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Located on the banks of the Willamette River, Riverplace Hotel is one of Portland's most picturesque inns. The decor, heavy on wood, stone and earth tones, is decidedly Oregonian. The adjacent Riverplace Marina means that you can bring your boat. Many of the rooms feature panoramic views of the river and downtown. Located at the south end of Portland's Waterfront Park, the Riverplace has super easy pedestrian access to Portland's downtown greenway. The Main Stage of the Portland Blues festival, held the first weekend of July, is almost directly next to the hotel. Walk one mile north along the waterfront's continued park and one can find Portland's Saturday Market, open every weekend March through December. Riverplace features an on-site restaurant, Three Degrees Waterfront Bar and Grill. Its award-winning kitchen provides room service for hotel guests who would rather not go out at all.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Riverplace Hotel is in a great location and an extremely nice hotel.

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