Even Portland’s top luxury hotels can be expected to offer a dash of the city’s signature quirkiness.
The Nines, housed in the former Meier & Frank department store building, is easily one of the snazziest places to stay in the city. Decor is consistent throughout the 331 rooms and suites, with a dominant color scheme of pale gold, taupe, and Tiffany blue. All rooms have 42-inch flat-screen TVs and DVD players, minibars, pillow-top beds, and huge marble bathrooms, and many offer exceptional views of the city center (for the best views ask for a room with views of Pioneer Square and the adjacent Pioneer Courthouse). There are a couple of restaurants on-site, including the rooftop Departure, a trendy pan-Asian spot with a great dim sum menu. The hotel has a fitness center equipped with a full range of cardio- and weight-training equipment, but no pool or hot tub.
This funky Kimpton hotel is a top-notch choice in Downtown Portland, with uber-bright, slightly oddball decor that adds some fun to the beautiful historic building. Upscale rooms come with flat-screen TVs, minibars, beds dressed in Frette linens, and coffeemakers with free Starbucks coffee. 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.
Renovated in 2017, The Duniway Portland, A Hilton Hotel is a four-pearl hotel that's within walking distance to major attractions, shopping, and dining in downtown Portland. Though it's primarily a business hotel, it also attracts a younger clientele with its celebrity chef-run restaurant, adjoining cocktail bar, and chill coffee bar. There's also an indoor lap pool and a fitness center, though both are under renovation until 2018. The 327 contemporary rooms feature mini-fridges, espresso machines, and huge 65-inch flat-screen TVs. Expect to pay extra for breakfast, parking, and Wi-Fi (free to Hilton members).
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.
Designed by Portland-born architect David C. Lewis, this reinforced-concrete structure went up in 1910 as the Railway Exchange Block, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It's against this early-20th-century framework that the Hi-Lo's chic interiors shine. The common-area design sparingly uses contemporary and restored mid-century furnishings, lightings, and art to create cool, uncluttered spaces that look like an Instagram feed come to life. None of the chic style is lost in the hotel's 120 rooms and suites, where bare concrete columns, salvaged local wood accent walls, and hand-painted wallpaper add texture to the white walls. Room amenities are as meticulously well-thought-out: there are 49-inch smart LED TVs that can sync with guests' personal Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime accounts, as well as robes, heated flooring, 24-hour pillow menus, safes, and coffeemakers with free Starbucks coffee and Tazo tea. Hotel features include a cool lobby bar, a contemporary Mexican restaurant, a free fitness center, and social space.
The Benson is a landmark hotel with the classic elegance and grandeur of a historic property. Though this hotel first opened in 1913, the spacious rooms have updated features such as big flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and bathrooms with modern fixtures. The Benson offers a big, cozy lobby with plenty of space for informal meetings, as well as the Palm Court for a relaxed meal. Additional hotel features include a nice fitness center and a 24-hour business center. This historic property has a convenient central location for exploring the Pearl District and Pioneer Square.