Without a doubt, Portland is the most free-spirited city in the Pacific Northwest. A place with so much unique character and charm, it’s impossible to be indifferent or to forget it. While it’s widely known as an indie haven, the city doesn’t lack in luxury. But here, it’s different. While still offering 5-star everything, it embraces luxury in a more timeless fashion and highlights a well-balanced crossover between old and new times. This can be seen not only in interiors but also in action – smooth jazz playing in the Art Deco style hotel bar, or dining in a French-style bistro that channels the best of the 19th century. So when you’re preparing for a stay in Portland, get ready to be swooped in boutique-style tailor-made luxury where pampering is the norm. Take your pick from one of these five hotels in Portland we simply couldn’t overlook.
The Nines is Portland’s finest historic luxury hotel and you will not be disappointed with your stay here. Housed within the historic Meier & Frank Building, it’s a place both historic and contemporary – an instant charmer that’s ready to seduce you. The significant hotel is located in downtown Portland, it has everything you need for the perfect luxurious stay. This is apparent from the moment you take the elevator to the 8th floor of the hotel, where you can expect some of the finest rooftop views in the city.
The LEED Silver Certified hotel embraces exceptional style by placing artwork in every room and each space is not only a stunner, but also perfectly comfortable for a personal or business stay. Two of the restaurants within the hotel are adored by locals and even if you’re just stopping for a quick layover, we know you’ll love them too. And just like the name suggests, each and every room is “dressed to the nines.” Think rich and vibrant upholstery, as well as wallpapers that are exciting yet not too overwhelming. This type of style goes together so well with Portland’s proudly quirky character.
The Benson Hotel
The Benson Hotel sits on Portland’s South West Broadway and embodies both old-world charm and equally strong modern accents that truly showcase the best of both worlds. It enjoys a prime location, close to the city’s best restaurants, boutique shops and buzzing bars. With 287 luxurious rooms, including junior, penthouse and grand suites, it’s surely one of the finest hotels in Portland and all of Oregon.
The hotel retains its early 20th-century elegance as it was originally built by the lumber magnate Simon Benson. One of the most striking features in the hotel is the lobby, which is particularly awe-inspiring with its Circassian walnut woodwork imported all the way from Russia and the crystal chandeliers that illuminate the space with light. All rooms have some outstanding interior features, but a unifying element is the elegant cream colour palette which exudes a calm and sophisticated vibe. Adjacent to the hotel is also El Gaucho restaurant – one of the Northwest’s finest steakhouses with old-school, table-side service, where guests enter a world of candlelight and live flamenco guitar tunes seven nights a week.
Smart and undeniably charming, The Porter, somewhat unexpectedly, is a hotel under the Hilton brand, but it does the perfect job to blend in with the indie vibe of Portland’s hip and stylish hotels. It has a fantastic rooftop bar with lovely views and an overall great atmosphere, since the hotel is located in Downtown Portland, which is known as a business district, so while it may be a bit further away from the town’s most buzzing places, you get some nice peace and quiet that comes with it. Located near the river, it’s also the perfect place for an early morning or an evening stroll to get to your most zen inner place.
The hotel has 16 floors altogether and it blends in nicely in the surroundings without feeling corporate. Instead, it has a very nice boutique feel to it which weaves throughout the whole interior spaces as well. Neutral tones, wood & leather and very luxurious furnishings are the main accents design-wise, and we love how it looks altogether – it is smart, sophisticated, comfortable, and doesn’t give off a cookie-cutter vibe. Walk-in marble showers get thumbs up from us! On top of that, you get some really nice options to enjoy within the hotel like mediation and yoga rooms, a fitness center, as well as some lovely dining options on-site (not to mention the coffee room, which is perfect for that early morning brew).
Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel
The Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel undoubtedly has one of the nicest locations of any of the hotels in Portland. Riverside vistas and that one-of-a-kind calm that you can only get once you nestle yourself somewhere away from the crowds. And this place is it. Elegant yet still effortless and fun, with just enough quirkiness, and some nice little perks (free beer!), this hotel might seem like your aunt’s favorite getaway away from buzzing crowds, but it’s just a stone’s throw from Willamette and technically still in Downtown Portland, so it’s also within walking distance to some of the best bars, boutiques and attractions.
We recommend getting a river-view room, for sure – after all, it is a RiverPlace hotel. The rooms are lovely, spacious and full of light. The decor is somewhere between a mountain ski-lodge inspired look and Portland-style accents. The colors and patterns are playful and make you feel joyful without even trying. And another perk we absolutely have to mention since this is a riverside hotel, the in-house restaurant King Tide Fish & Shell is an absolute must-visit during your stay. An abundance of delicious seafood and refreshing oysters enjoyed right on the water.
Named after Portland suffragist Abigail Scott Duniway, the freshly renovated classy-cool central downtown boutique Hilton hotel known as the Duniway has more than a few secrets up its sleeve to impress the guests staying here. Without a doubt, one of the main highlights during a stay here is the hotel’s stunning guests-only rooftop terrace on the 11th floor. Take a dip in the heated indoor pool after an eventful day and make a reservation in the remarkable Jackrabbit restaurant by celebrity chef Chris Cosentino.
The illustrious hotel enjoys an excellent location in a quieter part of downtown Portland. This puts guests within close proximity to a number of popular sites, including the Portland Art Museum and Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The lobby is fantastically luxurious. Designed in a warm and welcoming aesthetic, there’s plenty of inviting soft and swanky leather furniture and beautiful greenery in the form of live plants. The rooms are absolutely stunning and oh-so-comfortable. In a typical Portland manner, there’s a bit of historic charm to the interiors with scattered Art Deco style elements that go together so well with contemporary pastel-tone pieces.