Hotel Monaco Portland -- a Kimpton Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This historic hotel is larger than some boutiques, but it offers a wide array of amenities and freebies that make it one of the top picks for those looking for a hotel with personality. Rooms are large and have a bright, whimsical style, as well as up-to-date technology. Guests can enjoy free evening cocktails, free morning coffee and free bike rentals, in-room spa services, and even the company of a goldfish in their room upon request. The hotel has a great collection of local art, and a long list of practices that help preserve the environment.
Hotel Vintage Plaza, a Kimpton Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Vintage Plaza has all the conveniences of a large hotel, plus the bright, quirky design and fun freebies expected from the Kimpton brand, including a nightly wine hour, no fee for pets, and free organic Starbucks morning coffee and tea. Specialty room types offer extras such as decadent Jacuzzi tubs (in the Spa Premier Rooms); balconies with huge hot tubs (in the Garden Spa rooms); and a wall of angled windows for stargazing (in the Starlight Rooms). In-room massage services, an excellent Italian restaurant and a well-curated wine bar round up the experience.
Hotel deLuxe Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Decor at this upscale, 130-room boutique is inspired by the Golden Era of Hollywood, where Art Deco lamps, black-and-white photographs, and heavy drapes meet modern luxuries such as flat-screen TVs, local Mada toiletries, and iPod docks. There’s not much in the way of amenities, but the rooftop bar hosts weekly open-air cinema nights in the summer, and the hip bar is a popular pick among locals. But lower-level rooms are tiny -- starting at 155 square feet -- which puts this lower on the list than its Kimpton competitors.
Hotel Modera Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Even though the Modera is not as small as some boutique hotels, it does have a strong boutique-y vibe, and it lacks the amenities of a large hotel. Everything here feels modern and casual, from the streamlined lobby -- with local art, funky furniture, and a marble-and-wood front desk -- to the 174 rooms, updated with iPod docks, Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. There is also a tasty on-site restaurant with a renowned local chef, and an attractive courtyard with seating and trees.
Ace Hotel - Portland Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Ace Hotel Portland has as many quirky, bohemian characteristics as its sister properties in New York and Palm Springs. This boutique emphasizes style over space or luxury, featuring touches such as reclaimed school chairs, nightstands made out of books or suitcases, turntables, and stacks of vinyl records. Hotel highlights include a local, organic breakfast in the breakfast room, a great happy hour scene at the Clyde Common lobby bar, and coffee at the Stumptown Cafe. This pet-friendly hotel has a great central location for exploring Portland on foot. Smaller shared rooms are available for budget travelers.
Inn at Northrup Station Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Inn is an all-suites boutique known for its bright, quirky 70s-style decor. The lobby features a hot pink, studded front desk lit by funky lamps, and the breakfast area is a scramble of bright, striped furniture. The spacious suites have abstract local art, and everything from the walls to the bedding to the couches are bold in color. All suites also have kitchenettes, big flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. An attractive rooftop terrace is full of colorful furniture. Freebies such as weekly Wednesday wine tastings, continental breakfast and streetcar tickets add value.