Hotel Monaco Portland -- a Kimpton Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This funky Kimpton hotel is a top-notch choice in Downtown Portland. Sure, the decor is uber-bright and a bit odd-ball (not quite as luxurious as that at the Westin), but it adds some fun to the beautiful historic building. Rooms are upscale, with flat-screen TVs and coffee makers with free Starbucks coffee, and the bathrooms are attractively decorated but standard in size and layout (no separate showers and soaking tubs). Amenities include a 24-hour fitness center and a 24-hour business center, as well a bevy of great freebies: morning coffee and tea, evening cocktail hours, and bicycle rentals. Overall, it doesn't deliver quite the same professional or luxe vibe as the Westin, but with numerous freebies and a fun vibe, it's nonetheless a great option.
The Westin Portland Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This 205-room property is a solid representative of the Westin brand, located in Downtown Portland and offering a well-equipped gym (particularly for Portland) and a classy (if overpriced) American restaurant. It feels more intimate than other, larger Westins, with a cozy, stylish lobby and small library. Rooms are modern and comfortable, with 42-inch flat-screens and iPod docks -- and most feature gorgeous marble bathrooms with separate showers and soaking tubs. The corner rooms let in tons of natural light and showcase beautiful views of the city and mountains. Other features include a lobby lounge and a business center. Though some may prefer the funky look of Hotel Monaco, the Westin tops our list with its upscale vibe, beautiful rooms, and stunning views.
Hotel Modera Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Hotel Modera is an attractive, upscale hotel in downtown Portland. Everything feels modern and casual, from the streamlined lobby to the 174 rooms, updated with iPod docks, Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. The Modera bills itself as a boutique, and even though it's not as small as some boutique hotels, it does have that vibe -- and it lacks the amenities of a large hotel. There is no fitness center (unlike at the other hotels on our list), but there is a tasty on-site restaurant. It's not as centrally located as many other downtown hotels, but it's convenient for those visiting Portland State University and overall is a nice, modern option for those who don't mind slightly fewer amenities.
Hotel deLuxe Rating: 4.0 Pearls
If channeling James Cagney or Bette Davis while sipping an Old Fashioned is on your bucket list, consider the Hotel deLuxe. 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 and iPod docks. Rooms have a vintage style that is cheerful rather than sultry, with plush beds and a color scheme of lively, bright pastels. But they're small (lower-level rooms start at a mere 155 square feet, and bathrooms can be miniscule), and the location isn't as central as competitors', which puts this option lower on our list. Though this hotel doesn't offer the long list of amenities that Hotel Monaco does, it does feature a popular bar as well as a weekly cinema night during the summers and a small fitness center.