Waterfront location great for exploring Downtown Portland
Restaurant with locally sourced food, and stylish bar with occasional live music
Modern rooms with IKEA-esque furnishings, such as cube lamps and cubby shelves
Rooms have flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, Wi-Fi, and comfortable memory foam beds
Afternoon reception with coffee and signature pineapple cupcakes
Some rooms have views of the river
Shuttle bus service to local attractions
Small workout room with modern machines
Free bicycles for guests to use
Dog-friendly (nightly fee applies)
Small rooms need some updates
Expensive daily parking fee
Some rooms have views of the parking lot
No business center
Nightly amenity fee (covers things like Wi-Fi, bikes, and shuttle bus)
This eclectic and quirky upper-middle-range hotel packs a lot of character and personal touches into its five floors and 142 rooms. Perched along the Willamette River in Downtown Portland, the location of this dog-friendly hotel is tough to beat. It’s within easy walking distance of both Pioneer Square and the MAX -- the city's main public transportation line. Some rooms have pretty views, while others look onto busy streets or a concrete parking lot. The rooms are clean (if slightly worn), with IKEA-esque furnishings, modern bathrooms, iPod docks, and Wi-Fi. There's a small fitness center, and the restaurant, Bottle + Kitchen, offers creative dishes in a rustic-chic atmosphere. Prices are reasonably fair for what you get, but it's also worth considering the upscale, similarly priced Kimpton hotels nearby, where dogs are allowed free of charge (unlike here, where there's a fee).
Known to locals as “The Rose,” this upper-mid-range hotel is quirky, eclectic, and a tad sassy -- just like the city of Portland itself. Formerly called Hotel Fifty, the property was taken over by the Staypineapple hotel brand in 2013 and renamed Hotel Rose to reflect Portland’s nickname, Rose City. Staypineapple (also called the Pineapple Hospitality group) is a brand of modern hotels with distinct personalities that aims for boutique sensibilities. Based in the Seattle area, it has seven hotels along the West Coast and one in Chicago. Staypineapple renovated the entire first floor and hallways of the Portland location and completed renovations to the stylish lobby and rustic restaurant in 2014.
The hotel’s style is modern, colorful, and cheery. The decor alternates between rose-themed and a pineapple-themed items, but the hotel manages to meld it together in a way that works (or at least doesn’t distract from the experience). One commonality throughout the space in the hotel is the use of a deep purple with accents of gold, creating a warm, comforting feel. From the outside, the medium-rise building has a midcentury look to it. The exterior is painted in blocks of bold colors, including blue, yellow, and purple, which makes it stand out among the largely brick and gray buildings along the waterfront.
The hotel achieves some boutique hotel vibes, but still has some corporate-feeling elements as well. Overall, the Rose is a unique hotel that’s definitely a step above a plain, characterless chain hotel, in terms of style at least -- but it’s still a few notches behind leading brands in the space, like Kimpton. The nearby Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland and Kimpton Hotel Vintage Portland often have similar rates, although neither is along the waterfront.
Located right on the waterfront of the Willamette River and in the heart of Downtown Portland
Hotel Rose is one of the few waterfront hotels in Portland and faces directly out onto the Willamette River. The Tom McCall Waterfront Park and walking paths along the river are directly across the street. For travelers coming to Portland to attend an event at the waterfront park, the location is ideal. It's also less than a 10-minute walk along the river to the popular Portland Saturday Market. Plus, the location next to the river puts the edge of Portland's hip Southeast neighborhood within a 15-minute walk (though the neighborhood is large, so biking might be a better way to fully explore it).
The hotel is just a few blocks from Pioneer Square, which sits at the heart of Downtown Portland and features a massive waterfall fountain, art sculptures, and good shopping. Some of the best restaurants in the city are within easy walking distance of the hotel. Downtown Portland is home to multiple museums, urban parks, and residential condominiums. Portland State University borders Downtown to the south. There are several MAX stations and bus stops right outside the hotel, making public transit a breeze.
Two-minute walk to Pioneer Place, for great shopping
Five-minute walk to Pioneer Square (including various restaurants and bars)
10-minute walk to Portland Art Museum
12-minute walk to Old Town/Chinatown
Seven-minute drive to Portland Opera
Seven-minute drive to Portland State University
10-minute drive to the International Rose Test Garden
15-minute drive to Portland International Airport (PDX)
Decent rooms have personality and a few cute extras, but need some updates.
The rooms are generally cheerful, and carry a bit of the brand’s sassy personality in places. For example, the pillows say “Sleep with me” and the door hangs read either “I'm Naked” or “I'm Dressed.” However it's apparent that some of the furniture and carpets are several years old and due for updates. You’ll notice some dents and dings, if you look closely. But overall, the rooms are well appointed, and amenities include iPod docks, 50-inch flat-screen TVs, and a system that lets you stream shows from your own Netflix, HBO, or Hulu account.
Pay close attention when booking your room if a view matters to you. While the Waterfront Rooms do in fact have nice views of the Willamette River, the Metropolitan View and Cityscape Rooms actually face out onto a busy (and sometimes noisy) street or an unattractive parking lot.
One of the first things you’ll notice when you walk in the room is that the comforter is folded and placed on top of the bed, instead of spread across the bed the way American beds are usually made. This bedding style is borrowed from Europe, and allows each person to have his or her own duvet when sharing a bed. It’s part of what the hotel calls “The Naked Experience,” which refers to the quality and freshness all of the fabrics that might touch your skin. Oh, and if you want to use a top sheet, you’ll have to put it on the bed yourself -- extra bedding is available in the closet.
Also waiting for you atop the bed is a Dash, a small stuffed animal of the owner’s dog, which also serves as a mascot for the hotel. Rooms include Keurig coffeemakers, mini-fridges, comfortable robes and slippers, and Tommy Bahama toiletries with island-inspired scents (in mounted wall pumps). There’s a snack kit in a pineapple-shaped box. The hotel even provides umbrellas in each room for guests to borrow during the rainy Portland winters (the brand’s founders are from Seattle, after all). The bathrooms are clean and modern, with walk-in showers featuring a glass half wall; the Suite of Roses adds a tub.
Use of bikes, a local shuttle, Wi-Fi, fitness room, and cupcakes (but for a nightly fee)
Portland is a city of bike lovers and has an excellent system of bike lanes, so it’s great that the Hotel Rose provides free bike rentals for its guests. The hotel also provides a shuttle service to attractions within a three-mile radius. There’s Wi-Fi throughout, including a free high-speed option, though it’s technically one of the features covered in the hotel’s mandatory nightly amenity fee. The hotel has no business center, but the front desk is happy to print out items for guests. It also offers a selection of rooms that are dog-friendly (a daily pet fee does apply).
Two meeting rooms are available, which can be used for business or small banquets or events. The small fitness room, painted in the brand’s signature bright yellow, has good quality equipment. There’s a coffee cart in the morning, serving beverages and light snacks in the lobby. The multi-level parking deck has ample parking, however it comes with a hefty daily fee. Every afternoon at around 3:30 pm, the hotel puts out free coffee and their signature pineapple cupcakes for guests to enjoy.
The Bottle + Kitchen restaurant has a modern West Coast vibe, and features creative, locally inspired dishes. The fireplace next to the bar adds to the warm atmosphere. The stylish but laid-back decor is accentuated by rustic, reclaimed barn wood used throughout the space. The bar features regular live music, especially jazz, and hosts occasional trivia nights. There’s a rotating beer and wine list plus an impressive cocktail menu, including a few pineapple-themed cocktails. Room service is available and the restaurant offers packed picnic lunches to-go, a thoughtful feature.