Hotels Near the Portland Art Museum in Portland, OR

by Cicely A. Richard

The Portland Art Museum in downtown Portland, Oregon, is the oldest art museum on the West Coast and houses more than 42,000 objects in its six stories. Hotels near the museum are like works of art themselves. Historic hotels feature early 20th century decor, while new properties showcase art deco and modern decor and architecture. Several display artwork in their lobbies and guest rooms, serving as visual appetizers before heading to the museum.

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Historic Hotels of America

The Governor Hotel, opened in 1909, is less than a half-mile from the Portland Art Museum. The six-story hotel covers half a city block and features murals depicting Lewis and Clark’s journey and Native American themes. The interior contains early 20th century chandeliers. The hotel has a Starbucks and 24-hour room service. Guest rooms have umbrellas and large windows to let natural light stream in. Select suites contain fireplaces, sitting areas and two bedrooms. The Heathman Hotel features Italian Renaissance architecture and art deco decor. The 10-story 1927 hotel is attached to the Arlene Shitzer Concert Hall, less than a mile from the museum. Its Books by Your Bedside package lets guests enjoy books by writers who’ve visited the hotel. It offers childcare services, 24-hour room service and an on-site art gallery. Select rooms overlook downtown Portland and have two bathrooms, parlors and sofa beds.

Romantic Hotels

Hotel Lucia is a modern hotel in downtown Portland, within walking distance of the art museum. The hotel contains contemporary furniture and showcases artwork, primarily Davie Hume Kennerly photographs. Its Kiss This romance package includes a bottle of champagne, a box of Moonstruck chocolates and Kama Sutra Getaway Kits with massage oils and powders. The hotel provides 24-hour room service, and select rooms have separate sitting areas and wet bars. The Paramount Hotel is a boutique hotel also within walking distance of the museum. The hotel mixes antique-style furniture with modern designs. Its Sweets for Your Sweet package includes the Executive Corner King guest room and a Swanky Spa Kit with cupcake bath bombs, tub truffles and bath cupcakes. The hotel offers concierge service. The Executive Corner guest room has a whirlpool tub, a glass shower and private patio overlooking the streets.

Chain Hotels

The Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, less than a half-mile from the museum, is the largest green-certified hotel in Portland, utilizing low-flow toilets, recycling containers, composting and organic products in restaurants. The interior features antique-looking furniture and a lobby staircase. Hotel amenities include an on-site convenience store, a recreation desk and concierge service. The property also has an indoor lap pool, hot tub and 24-hour fitness room. Guest rooms have LodgeNet systems for movies and video games. Portland Marriott City Center is a 20-story hotel less than a half-mile from the museum in the central business district. Amenities include a concierge desk, room service and a fitness center. Guest rooms have multifunctional phones and Internet for a fee.

Arts Packages

The Travel Portland website lists hotel packages that includes discount to the Portland Art Museum and other area museums. The website lets visitors make online reservations and travel arrangements at one location.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .