While Portland, Oregon, is known for its many breweries, mass transit system, sports fever, large open-air craft market and other marks of distinction, it is not known for its hotels with pools. Across the 145 square miles and various sections of Portland, hotels with swimming and soaking opportunities may not abound, but they can be found.
McMenamins Kennedy School is a renovated school featuring 35 guest rooms that were created from classrooms. Original 1915 cloakrooms and chalkboards are part of the decor, along with updated elements such as private baths. The hotel caters to local area residents and visitors with its restaurant, small pubs, bars and its brewery, its movie theater, gift shop, collection of historical photographs and a saltwater soaking pool located outdoors in a courtyard.
Portland Downtown Waterfront
The Portland Downtown Waterfront area is noted for its waterfront views, waterfront walking and bicycling paths and its access to area attractions including Portland State University and the Museum of Art. The Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront hotel offers guests a number of amenities such as high-speed Internet, a business center, fitness center, room service, a restaurant on site, parking, shuttle service to Portland International Airport (PDX) and a swimming pool.
Portland Airport Area
The Hyatt Place Portland Airport/Cascade Station hotel is located a quarter mile from Cascade Station, a center for shopping and dining that is adjacent to a mass transportation hub and within a mile of Portland International Airport. Nearby area attractions include the Rose Garden (also known as the home of the Trail Blazers), PGE Park and the Oregon Convention Center. This totally smoke free hotel provides a café, a 24/7 snack and entrée service plus pre-packaged snacks, specialty coffees, and complimentary amenities such as in-room 42-inch flat panel HDTV, and an e-room with computers and printers, wireless Internet access, daily continental breakfast, fitness center, parking, 24-hour airport shuttle and an indoor swimming pool.
Portland Northwest is noted for the historic Nob Hill District with its narrow streets, boutique shopping and limited parking. Holiday Inn Express Portland - NW Downtown hotel provides complimentary guest parking. The hotel is close to the Oregon Convention Center, the Oregon Zoo, Washington Park, the Rose Quarter and Outdoor Saturday Market. Its 24-hour business center offers print and copy services, free wireless Internet access, complimentary daily breakfast bar, a fitness center and an outdoor salt water swimming pool.
Lake Oswego, eight miles and about 10 minutes south of downtown Portland, is one of a number of communities that lie well within the 145 square mile Portland sphere of influence. The Crowne Plaza Portland Lake Oswego offers many amenities for the business and leisure traveler including an exercise gym, a business center, a bar and lounge, restaurant, parking, and an indoor swimming pool. Crowne Plaza Portland Lake Oswego; 14811 Kruse Oaks Drive; Lake Oswego, OR 97035; 503-766-2446; Fax: 503-684-8324; Sales: 503-766-2445.