Portland is a fun and entertaining city with style all its own. Whether you’re visiting from out of town or just looking for a bit of a staycation, there are so many amazing places to stay.
I am a huge proponent of supporting local, so I always recommend staying in boutique hotels. You’ll have a more authentic experience since boutique hotels tend to represent the community better. Since boutique hotels don’t have to have the same one-size fits all mentality that larger hotel chains have, they can pay close attention to detail and create a space that is appealing to you. I put together a list of my favorite Portland getaways and boutique hotels; each has its own features and will make your Portland getaway memorable.
Location: 15 NW 4th Avenue, Portland
Architectural feature: NW Modern and original timber
Designer: Ennismore’s in-house studio
The Hoxton, which hosts the stunning and delicious restaurant, Tope, was built in the abandoned 1906 Grove Hotel. The renovated building is now designed with NW Modernist architectural features, original timber columns, and ample exposed brick. The lobby is decorated with leather and velvet furniture, aiding to the timeless luxurious feel. When you visit, browse the art gallery and ceramic display!
Original Location: 800 E Burnside St, Portland
Architectural feature: Mid-century modern
This former motor inn located in the Burnside area of Portland was renovated into one of Portland’s hippest stays. This is the place for you if you’re into the local arts and music scene. There is live music at the Doug Fir Lounge and Restaurant, conveniently located next to the hotel. There is also a 24-hour art gallery that hosts a reception for the artist event on the first Friday of the month, giving you a unique opportunity to mingle with local artisans.
Location: 813 SW Alder St, Portland
Architectural feature: Historic building
The Woodlark combines two historic buildings – the Woodlark and the Cornelius Hotel. The Woodlark Building became Portland’s first high-rise in 1912. The Cornelius was nicknamed the “House of Welcome.” Today, the Woodlark Hotel is a swanky, luxurious hotel that will appeal to those who like to be seen.
From the second you walk into the Woodlark Hotel, you will feel a sense of tranquility. The beautifully designed rooms will allow you to relax, but if you prefer to go out, there are plenty of incredible dining and drinking options within steps of the hotel.
Location: 203 NW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Architectural feature: Former sailor’s lodge
Architect: Waechter Architecture
If you’re on a budget, the Society Hotel may be the place for you. This hotel features hostel-style accommodations in a trendy setting. The building itself has quite a history. It dates back to 1881 and has been a hotel for mariners, a hospital, and a Chinese dance hall before it was abandoned in 1975.
Today, the hotel was created for the adventurous traveler who wants quality accommodations without a huge price tag. During renovations, architects were able to maintain the historic exterior features of the building, but the interior was completely gutted. One of our favorite features of the Society Hotel is the rooftop deck with incredible 360-degree views of the city.
Location: 210 N Cedar St Bingen, Washington, 98605
Architectural feature: Former schoolhouse
Does the vibe of The Society Hotel sound like something you’d like, but you prefer to get out of the city? You should consider the Society Hotel Bingen. This renovated schoolhouse was designed to make travel to the beautiful Colombia River Gorge affordable without compromising quality. You’ll be amazed by the attention to detail that went into creating the Society Hotel Bingen! You’ll notice that the hotel kept and repurposed original items like lockers, lighting, blackboards, and even the schoolhouse cafeteria.
Location: 509 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Architectural feature: Historic Building
The Hotel Grand Stark was built in 1908 and has seen life as both a hotel and, more recently, a furniture store. Guest rooms occupy the three floors of the hotel, and these spaces do not look at all like your run-of-the-mill hotel. Instead, they look “homey” and mix soft florals with tartans to create texture.
The hotel features multiple communal spaces with a contemporary design style and bright, bold colors. The “Study Hall” is a meeting space that can also be used to perform remote work. There is also a deli-style eatery, complete with a bar where guests can unwind and mingle.
Location: 515 SW Clay St, Portland, OR 97201
Architectural feature: 1960s motor lodge
Designer: Dawson Design Associates
The 176-room Hotel Zags, previously known as Hotel Modera, is located along SW 6th Avenue in the Fountain District. The former motor lodge has been renovated with walkability in mind – a massive shift from its previous life. The previous parking lot was redesigned into a landscaped courtyard and restaurant, which welcomes guests and is a favorite local meeting place.
The guest rooms have seating areas and nice views of the surrounding area. The hotel itself is close to dining, shopping, and nightlife. You can rent bikes or scooters from the hotel – no car is necessary! The staff focuses on ensuring all guests have fun during their stay at Hotel Zags.
Location: 100 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
Architectural feature: Unique design choices
Designer: Halfan Pedersen
Hotel Kex is one of the more interesting hotels in the city design-wise. It was designed by Icelandic designer Hálfdan Pedersen, who meticulously planned the design, which features mid-century furniture, light fixtures, and art from all over the world. The hotel has a combination of private rooms and hostel-style rooms. The hotel is surrounded by incredible dining options and is located in a fun, vibrant neighborhood.
If you’re wondering where the name came from, it’s an interesting story. Kex is Icelandic for “biscuit” – the first Kex hotel was built in a former biscuit factory!
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