“Stay weird!” Portland exclaims, encouraging its residents and visitors to indulge in its evident individuality. Indeed, Portland continues to stand out as one of the environmentally friendly, progressive and quirky cities in America. The Pacific Northwest provides a lush backdrop for a burgeoning city full of artists and musicians, foodies and an innovative tech scene. Atop its geographical blessings, the town is also known for its odd-ball sensibility and over-the-top political correctness. And while IFC comedy series “Portlandia” pokes fun at its conventions, such policies have built an edgy, open-minded city with a solid LGBT community.

There are a million distractions in Portland, so it’s best to have a rough plan in mind for where you’d like to spend your time. Downtown is where business happens on weekdays, but on days off you’re more likely to find unique events happening across the city’s many bridges. On the east side, cocktail bars tuck into old Victorian houses, bike lanes dominate avenues, and you can get lost in the maze of food carts, upcycled art stores and beautiful murals.

TO STAY

Woodlark

Situated in the heart of bustling Downtown, the Woodlark is half occupied on the airy ground floor by Texas-inspired restaurant Bullard and the other its sister cocktail bar, Abigail Hall. Botanical prints decorate each guest room, and there’s spiral staircases and colour coding along the hotel corridors to help guests navigate their way around. The best part? All rooms offer pillow- and Salt & Straw ice-cream menus.

Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel

As the name suggests, this spot is set right along the Willamette, so many of the rooms have great views of the river. Though modern, it has the design of a luxury lodge, with leather headboards, plush velvet furnishings and a stone fireplace in the lobby. It is on the pricier side, however it works out cheaper the more days you stay.

The Society Hotel

One of Portland’s most historic properties, The Society Hotel was salvaged and refurbished by local building owners who managed to keep most of the original 1892 woodwork, so it feels bright and airy. Don’t forget to check out the wallboard by the front desk; it’s covered in dozens of handwritten suggestions for fun and unusual things to eat, drink or do.

Jupiter NEXT

Offering a stay where you can see the city from all angles, this affordable yet luxury hotel is finished with in-room cocktail bars, glass-cube bathrooms and digital concierges. Designed by a Portland-based architecture agency, it cuts a modern asymmetrical figure across the inner east-side skyline, so you can’t miss it.

Ace Hotel Portland

Centrally positioned in Downtown, this flagship hotel has minimalist rooms that come in all shapes, sizes and levels of privacy (some have bunk beds and shared baths). The interiors are decorated with repurposed furniture, vintage record players and murals by local artists. It’s also host to one of the town’s most iconic third-wave coffee roasters, Stumptown.

The Kennedy School

In true Portland style, an old 57-classroom schoolhouse in the North East wa reborn as unique hotel and place to visit! Inside the 1800’s-era building, there are 6 bars, including one dedicated to whiskey and cigars, a movie theater, and best of all, a large communal hot pool open to the public for just $5 for an hour’s soak.
Rooms start at $135/night with upgrades such a “Beer101 package” for $185.

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  • 5736 NorthEast 33rd Avenue
    Portland
    97211

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