Where to Stay in Portland

Portland is, hands-down, one of America’s most eccentric locales. As such, it comes as no surprise that the buzzy city is loaded with cool boutique properties. Read on for a few of our favorite places to stay when in town.

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Hotel Grand Stark

4 Stars | Website | Portland International Airport (PDX)

57 | Free WiFi; Pet friendly; Bar | 1

Portland Japanese Garden; Washington Square Mall; Vancouver Mall

Located in PDX’s Central Eastside neighborhood (about one-and-a-half miles from the city center) and surrounded by eclectic, local-loved bars and restaurants, Hotel Grand Stark is ideal for travelers searching for a laid-back yet design-forward escape. The 1908-era building features pops of green that carry into the rooms, reception area, and on-site eatery. Accommodations have – you guessed it – vibrant green accents plus patterned seating and throw pillows, along with black-and-white floral artwork. Meanwhile, the common areas are dotted with specially commissioned contemporary art as well as vintage pottery and sculptures, seamlessly marrying old and new.

The Hoxton Portland

4 Stars | Website | Portland International Airport (PDX)

119 | Free WiFi; Pet friendly; Bar | 3

Willamette River; Portland Japanese Garden; Portland Art Museum

This hip 119-room property feels effortlessly cool with its exposed brick walls, plush velvet seating, and a mix of bespoke and vintage mid-century furnishings. Grab a seat at Lovely Rita, the colorful lobby bar and restaurant, before retreating to your room (each of which, BTW, has expansive windows, pink marble accents, timber paneling, and local artwork). For the best city views, make your way to the rooftop bar, Tope, where the drinks are strong and the tacos are tasty.

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Jupiter Next

4 Stars | Website | Portland International Airport (PDX)

67 | Free WiFi; Pet friendly; Bar | 1

Portland Japanese Garden; Washington Square Mall; Vancouver Mall

This Southeast Portland property is just as edgy as the city it calls home with its industrial-like lobby and adjacent jungle-inspired Hey Love bar, where colorful cocktails and comfort food go hand in hand. When guests aren’t hanging around the communal concrete fireplace, admiring the skyline from the fifth-floor Perch balcony, or having fun at Hey Love, they may be found at the greenery-filled Doug Fir Lounge, which is one-part music venue, one-part restaurant. Following a day of shopping, drinking, and dining, veg out in your guest room, which has expansive windows, comfy bedding, and a sleek but compact workspace.

Woodlark Hotel

4 Stars | Website | Portland International Airport (PDX)

150 | Free WiFi; Fitness center; Bar | 2

O’Bryant Square; Portland Japanese Garden; Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park

The Woodlark Hotel occupies two historic buildings dating back to the early 20th century. Step inside to find a sleek lobby complete with geometric tile floors and leather sofas. Also on the lobby level are three drinking and dining establishments. At Bullard, locals and travelers can feast on southern- and Tex-Mex-inspired fare, from hush puppies to mushroom fajitas. Good Coffee sells – spoiler alert – coffee, as well as kolaches, breakfast burritos, and other AM staples. Finally, Abigail Hall serves up craft cocktails in a stylish setting. Guest rooms are simple yet sophisticated, with vibrant green headboards, patterned accent walls, and prints from Portland-born photographer, Imogen Cunningham.

KEX Portland

4 Stars | Website | Portland International Airport (PDX)

26 | Free WiFi; Bar; Sauna | 1

Portland Japanese Garden; Washington Square Mall; Vancouver Mall

KEX, a design-forward, community-oriented hospitality company based in Iceland, opened its first and only US outpost in Portland in 2019. The main floor, which is decorated with artwork, is the perfect spot to mix, mingle, and people-watch. Overnight guests also gain access to exclusive spaces like the cozy library lined with comfy sofas and the “secret” courtyard tucked behind the ground-floor restaurant and flanked by brick walls. This property also boasts private and shared rooms – filled with unique wall art and vintage furnishings – which is especially great for budget-conscious travelers who don’t want to sacrifice comfort or style. The hotel’s lobby bar and restaurant Pacific Standard serves as a modern west coast dining and drinking hall. Open until midnight, famous Portland bartender Jeffrey Morganthaler is at the helm of cocktail & libation concoctions here.

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The Nines

5 Stars | Website | Portland International Airport (PDX)

331 | Free WiFi; Fitness center; Room service | 3

Portland Japanese Garden; Portland Art Museum; Oregon Maritime Center and Museum

The Nines is a destination in and of itself. Take the elevator to the eighth floor to arrive at the buzzy, art-adorned lobby. Speaking of art, The Nines boasts an impressive collection of over 400 works – including sculptures, paintings, and installations – decorating the common spaces and guest rooms (which also feature elegant touches like crystal pendant lights, satin drapes, and recamiers upholstered in Tiffany blue velvet). The hotel atrium houses Urban Farmer, a modern steakhouse, while the 15th-floor Departure serves modern Asian cuisine in a sleek setting complete with two rooftop patios overlooking the city.

Kimpton River Place

This four-star hotel brims with the quintessential trendiness the Kimpton brand imbues. Located right on the banks of the Willamette River in Downtown Portland, it fronts a waterfront park and promenade, making it ideal for an afternoon amble. Their charming cottages feel cozy to their core. On-site restaurant King Tide Fish & Shell serves ambrosial dishes that meld Oregon’s seasonality with Peruvian and Japanese influences.

Ace Hotel Portland

4 Stars | Website | Portland International Airport (PDX)

78 | Free WiFi; Pet friendly; Breakfast included | 1

Portland Art Museum; Portland Japanese Garden; O’Bryant Square

Thanks to its central downtown location, Ace Hotel Portland guests are never too far from all the fun the city has to offer. In the lobby of this hipsterfied hotel, you’ll find several couches for lounging with your caffeinated drink of choice, which you can grab from the adjacent Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Like KEX, Ace Hotel Portland also offers shared and private rooms, each of which is distinctively designed with original art. Some even have bonus features like clawfoot tubs and in-room record players. (In short, no two rooms here are the same.) Regardless of which room type you book, all guests are privy to complimentary continental breakfast each morning.

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