by Alan Kent - 0 Reviews - 7 List
When your family and friends descend on Portland this holiday season, you're going to need somewhere to put 'em--and you're not fooling anybody with that fold-out couch. We've picked Portland's best hotels for picky parents, hip siblings, and even your artsy friends. (Photo: Ace Hotel Room by Flickr user Nick Richards)
Updated: November 05, 2011
Conveniently located next to the Doug Fir Lounge, the Jupiter is where music lovers go to get a room after an indie rock show. The old strip-mall motel has been upgraded into a surprisingly nice place to stay. The rooms are small and the walls are a bit thin (ahem), but the price is right--just $59 if you book after midnight, and still extremely reasonable for regular bookings. The linens are clean, and there's excellent entertainment and food on site. Recommended for slightly broke younger folks who don't mind a little rock 'n roll while they sleep.
Located downtown, Hotel Vintage Plaza features a bevy of specialty rooms (including "starlight rooms" on the top floor and "spa rooms" with outdoor balcony hot tubs for two), a winery theme, and convenient access to everything downtown has to offer. While the signature rooms are spendy, they're worth it--if your visitors plan to spend time in the room! Recommended for romantic partners who want to enjoy a special evening. Pro tip: You can buy wine just down the block at a convenience store.
A hotel so Portlandy it's featured on "Portlandia"! Guests either love or hate the Ace; if words like "quirky," "European," and "artistic" sound good, this is a great fit--if not, it's a must-avoid. For those who love it, the Ace offers unique rooms at a great price, with most of the amenities you'd expect from a modern hotel. Be aware that some rooms have shared bathrooms--double-check to make sure this is OK with your guests. Recommended for hipsters, artists, and people who love quirk.
This glamorous hotel exudes class, and the Driftwood Room downstairs exudes classy booze. It's romantic, well-appointed, and located near lots of downtown and 23rd Avenue goodness. With a MAX stop just outside, the hotel is also super-convenient for those taking mass transit. Recommended for travelers who love classy Americana, nice normal rooms (yes, they have big TVs), and can afford to pay for a touch of luxury. Pro tip: Try the Elizabeth Taylor, the hotel's most famous signature cocktail.
This former elementary school is now filled with bars, restaurants, a movie theater, a soaking pool, and 35 rooms where you can spend the night! It's on the Historic Register, the walls are covered in murals by local artists, and you can get drunk in the principal's office. Recommended for guests with pets, people who don't want TV in the room, and fans of local history. Pro tip: It's near the Alberta neighborhood, where you should get breakfast and do some shopping.