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 or the Hoxton is your best bet. 

Business and up-scale travelers looking for an elevated stay have large quality chains such as the Duniway by Hilton and The Porter at their disposal. 

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 top-notch hostel in Old Town, The Society Hotel. Plus, there is a selection of hotels 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.   



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 and still in a great location.

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Hotel DeLuxe offers boutique accommodations dedicated to classic Hollywood. Large, comfortable rooms feature a vintage elegance. The Hollywood motif is taken to the point where each floor is dedicated to a specific filmmaker. The lobby features a similar mid-century, if somewhat baroque style and includes a wall of video screens displaying stills from classic movies. The Driftwood Room, a retro lounge, is designed so that one might expect to bump into the Rat Pack leaning against the bar. Private events can be held in "The Screening Room" which, while serving as a banquet hall, really is set up for screenings. Just five blocks from both Downtown and the Pearl district, Hotel Deluxe's location is one of its biggest selling points. They often hold fun activities on the roof of the hotel's parking garage located next door like roller skating and watching movies.

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

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The Duniway Portland A Hilton Hotel
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The Duniway is a Hilton Hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon extremely close to Pioneer Square. This upscale hotel offers 327 rooms with a a variety of plush amenities like 500 thread count linens and wall paper created from books from local icon Powell's Books. On-site is the gorgeous Jackrabbit restaurant by Chef Chris Cosentino featuring lots of Pacific Northwest selections. If you do not want eat here you can opt for room service. There is also a 24 hour snack shop on-site. The Duniway also offers a lounge, coffee bar, meeting space for up to 180, fully equipped fitness center and heated indoor lap pool.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Duniway is in a great location and has fun perks like Abigal's Hideaway where guests can unwind after a busy day.

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McMenamins Edgefield is home to a hotel, spa, multiple 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 grape fields. The rooms here are simple without TVs or telephones. Some rooms have private baths, but be mindful that 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 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 day, 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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The Hoxton is one of Portland's most affordable hotels in downtown Portland. It is a boutique hotel with a nice community feel. They make great use of public spaces, including an amazing rooftop bar and restaurant at the top. The lobby is also a flowing space with a coffee bar, lots of seating, and a restaurant. The rooms are snug, to say the least, but they max out the space. They do have larger rooms for those that need more than one bed. Everyone who stays at The Hoxton hotel receives free WIFI and a breakfast bar in the morning.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: For those traveling on a tight budget this is one of the best hotels in Portland.

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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, Hey Love, 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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Built in 1894, Hotel Vintage is indeed a vintage hotel. Its 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 hosts a nightly reception Thursday - Saturday 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, complimentary bikes, game lounge, 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 and 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 north along the waterfront's continued park and one can find Portland's Saturday Market, open every weekend March through December. Riverplace features a phenomenal on-site restaurant, King Tide Fish & Shell. 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 with unique amenities.

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The Porter Hotel is one of Portland's top luxury hotels in downtown Portland boosting a variety of plush amenities including the hottest rooftop bar in town, Xport. In addition to their popular bar, they also have Terrane Italian Kitchen + Bar restaurant and Chiosco pizza window. They also have a well-appointed 24-hour fitness room that offers classes in meditation, yoga, and aqua aerobics. The enjoyment continues in the rooms where you will find soft Frette robes, an extensive minibar featuring local spirits, and an incredible mattress ensuring good sleep. The Porter has a lovely downstairs area with a pool, hot tub, sauna, and steam room.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Porter Hotel has a little bit of everything, a rooftop bar, an amazing Italian food restaurant, an indoor pool, and sumptuous rooms.

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