The Portland Waterfront on the Willamette River is a spot the locals often frequent to witness dragon boat races, see the sights of the Portland Saturday Market and dance to the music played by street performers. This area is also a business epicenter because it is near the World Trade Center Conference Center, breweries and architectural elements that blend old brick buildings with modern, nature-inspired designs to create the shabby-chic look many Portland hotels on the waterfront have today.
Located on the waterfront’s marina, the luxury boat-lined RiverPlace Hotel combines the look of a plantation-style building with rustic Pacific Northwest charm. Although the RiverPlace Hotel, a Waterfront landmark, kisses the Willamette River, it is also on the edge of the city center and is in within walking distance of downtown Portland, the Portland Street Car and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The interior of the RiverPlace Hotel is a mix of modern decor with craftsman-style furnishings, warm wooden accents and soft colors inspired by the Willamette River. Staff members at the RiverPlace hotel take the time to learn the names of their guests, and accommodations range from spacious, deluxe guest rooms with ample cabinet and closet space to riverfront residential suites that have a separate living and dining quarters. The RiverPlace Hotel is pet-friendly and provides its guests with a DVD movie library, complimentary bicycle rentals and umbrellas for days when you know that the forecast of "rain, changing to showers" really means there is going to be a constant drizzle all day.
Avalon Hotel and Spa
Located in Portland’s Waterfront District, near the newer Oregon Health and Science University building and aerial tram, the Avalon Hotel and Spa is a boutique hotel that is just a five minutes' drive from the downtown area. Housed in a lodge-inspired, modern building, the Avalon Hotel and Spa is an all-suite accommodation that has up to two bedrooms per suite. To complement the views of the Willamette River, the rooms of the hotel are decorated with earth tones and a dusty, light blue color; wood accents; panoramic windows with river views; and stone fireplaces. The semi-private balconies at the Avalon Hotel and Spa are large enough for lounge furniture so guests can admire the river from their own room. Spa services at the hotel include couple’s massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and exfoliating body treatments. Additionally, the Avalon Hotel and Spa is the first hotel in Oregon and the 10th in the world to receive the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver Certification for its sustainable practices.
Located across the street from Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the Hotel Fifty is just four blocks from Pioneer Place and a block from the World Trade Center. This pet-friendly boutique hotel offers traditional guest rooms and suites, and the fourth-floor offers river-view accommodations. The outside of the Hotel Fifty resembles a 1970s motel, but the inside features marbles floors, stone walls, large pieces of modern art hanging from the walls and ceilings, stained wooden sculptures, granite counter tops, black-and-white decorative elements and glass table tops. The Hotel Fifty has an on-site business center and provides its guests with complimentary passes to the gym located across the street. The light-rail train passes by the hotel, which is convenient for those who have not rented a car but can pose a noise problem for guests that do not have a room on the same side as the river.
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
Situated across the street from the RiverPlace Waterfront, the Marriott Downtown Waterfront is only 10 blocks from Pioneer Place, Keller Auditorium and the Portland Art Museum. Earning both the Energy Star label and the Green Seal Certification, the Marriott offers guest rooms that are adorned in gold tones, with balcony views of the Willamette, local artwork and marble baths. Accommodations range from guest rooms to concierge-level rooms and spacious executive suites that offer panoramic views of the Willamette River, snow-capped Mt. Hood or the city of Portland; separate living, sleeping and dining areas; ice cream and beverages upon arrival; and breakfast in bed. Those considering a stay at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront should keep in mind that parking in 2010 cost up to $30 per night, Internet access cost $13, bottled water cost $7 per vessel, and it is not unusual to hear the street traffic from within a room.