Hotels in the Portland Area

by Nikki Jardin
Portland offers a variety of lodging throughout the city.

Portland offers a variety of lodging throughout the city.

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Visitors to Portland, Oregon, have thousands of hotel rooms to choose from at most any time of year. As with many major cities, local events and the season will affect availability. In Portland, summer and early fall are when the majority of the city comes out to play, so be sure to book in advance if visiting during those seasons. A multi-college town, rooms also tend to book during homecoming and graduation weeks as well as throughout the Rose Festival, the city's largest celebration occurring the first two weeks of June.

Boutique Hotels

From hip and funky to sleek and chic, Portland offers several boutique lodgings that have left the template behind in their designs. Probably some of the more well-known examples of this style are the McMenamins hotels, popular for taking old structures, such as an elementary school, church or old debtor’s prison, and turning them into vibrant hotels and pubs. The Kennedy School and the White Eagle are both popular in-town McMenamins lodgings. Guests can also check out the Ace Hotel, Hotel deLuxe and Hotel Lucia.

Waterfront Hotels

Since the Willamette River is such a prominent feature of the city, it’s only natural that several luxury hotels have sprung up along the west side of the water, offering views of the river, Mt. Hood on a clear day, and access to downtown shopping, dining and entertainment. Hotels include the Portland Marriott and RiverPlace Hotel right at the edge of Tom McCall Waterfront Park, home to the Portland Blues Festival every summer. One of the newer hotels to arrive in the up-and-coming South Waterfront neighborhood is the Avalon Hotel and Spa for luxury accommodation and relaxation.

Bed and Breakfasts

For those guests looking for extra attention during their stay in the City of Roses, several bed and breakfast lodgings will provide. The Lion and the Rose, Portland’s White House and A Painted Lady Inn are all in the northeast part of the city, centrally located to public transit, local restaurants and neighborhood coffee shops. Over in southeast Portland, the Bluebird Guesthouse offers guests a room in a 1910 Arts & Crafts house within walking distance of cafes, food carts and local shopping along trendy Hawthorne Boulevard. The Bellaterra Bed and Breakfast is downtown, near Portland State University, while the Terwilliger Vista tucks guests up into the West Hills with views of the city below.

Outside the City

Visitors to the Portland outskirts also have plenty of lodging choices. With both the Nike and Intel campuses located in nearby Beaverton, several hotels are available to take care of business travelers, including the Hilton Garden Inn, Extended Stay America and the all-suite Phoenix Inn. Travelers looking to focus on recreation at the Columbia River Gorge or Mt. Hood can make Gresham or Troutdale their base camp, staying at the Edgefield, another McMenamins holding, or one of several brand hotels, such as the Comfort Inn & Suites, Best Western Cascade Inn and the Hampton Inn.

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