Most Interesting Places to Stay In Downtown Portland
The Ace Hotel
The Ace attracts a varied kind of guests – I mean; you can easily have an Internet millionaire, a starving art student, and a touring band sharing the breakfast room. Given its hip vintage, an all-original mural in each of the rooms, rental bikes at guest’s disposal, and its own coffeehouse, it’s only to be expected (some rooms come with a record-player – how much more hispter can you get?). Housed in a 1912 building, the Ace is near the Pearl and close to Portland’s legendary Powells Books.
Old Hollywood glam meets high-tech life style. Expect to find flatscreen TVs, iPod docks, and even a pillow menu in you room; a ritzycinema room that screens new releases and classic films, a Noir-ish cocktail salon, and a poshrestaurant complements the facilities. This lavish downtown Deco gem also caters to man’s best friend: there’s room service and daycare for your dog, which is more than welcome to stay.
McMenamins Kennedy School
Revisit your recurring nightmare when staying at the McMenamins Kennedy School. The hotel is in a converted schoolhouse; where classrooms with chalkboards are designed to sleep for guests. The wood-paneled cafeteria is settled to dine in, guests can choose between a drink at the Detention Bar and Honors Bar. A stay here will remind you of your high school – but hopefully it’ll be a better experience!
White Eagle Saloon
Steeped in stories of spirits, Shanghai tunnels and rocking concerts, the White Eagle is considered one of the most haunted places in the city. A meeting point for Polish immigrants in the olden days, the hotelboasts its heritage as one of Portland’s oldest live music venues – painted lyrics and several photos of the various performances decorate the walls and tell the story of the place.
Granted, the Colony isn’t a very big hotel; in fact, the place, concealed in St. Johns neighborhood, only has two apartments available for guests, besides the “Hide Away” – a revamped vintage caravan with a queen-sized bed and built-in breakfast cranny for special morning treats.
A boutique hostel, the Travelers’ House offers private and dorm-style rooms with shared facilities. If you’re feeling chef-y the commercial-grade kitchen is perfect for getting hands-on with local bounty. If you’re also taking a break from the kitchen, there are plenty of options, as the neighborhood is full of great dining, shopping and imbibing destinations.
Portland Hostel Hawthorne District
If you’re concerned about the impact your vacation will have on the environment, just head straight to the Portland Hostel Hawthorn District. Withbright mosaics, impressive back gardens and a laid-backatmosphere pertainingto the Hawthorne District, the hostel’s engagement to sustainability has earned the gold Sustainability at Work certification, due to their green practices, such as collecting rainwater, and composting all organic matter on site.
Northwest Portland Hostel
Comprisedof a quartet of delightful historic houses right in the center of Nob Hill, the Northwest Portland Hostelis ideal for budget-conscious global trekkers. It features 24-hour access, the dorm beds start at $25, and it’s within walking distance to the Portland Streetcar, making this a most sought-after choice.
Caravan is the only tiny house hotel in the USA: in the hip Alberta Arts District, the hotel offers accommodations in self-contained caravans, each equipped with a fully functioning kitchen, bathroom and sleeping areasincustom-built trailers that range between 100-200 square feet in area,lodging up to four people. In the communal areas there are fire pits, barbecue grills, and plenty of chairs so you can just chill outside as well; if you’re not in the mood to self-cater, there are bars and restaurants nearby.