Lodging in Downtown Portland, Oregon

by Steven Blum
Downtown Portland is filled with organic restaurants, trendy shops, gardens and historic theaters.

Downtown Portland is filled with organic restaurants, trendy shops, gardens and historic theaters.

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From luxurious boutique hotels to hipster havens, downtown Portland accommodations are as eclectic as the city itself. There are many perks to staying downtown, including free transportation on the city's Max train and easy access to plenty of restaurants and theaters. Whether you're visiting the city for the food or music scene, there's a hotel that's right for you.

Ace Hotel

Ace Portland has earned photo spreads in the pages of "Vogue," "Wallpaper" and "Conde Nast Traveler" for its innovative interior design. Rooms are eclectically decorated with rock posters, Pendleton blankets and vintage furniture. Standard rooms come with flat-screen TVs, while deluxe rooms come with their own vinyl record turntable. It's no wonder the creative class gravitates to this hotel. The hotel is attached to a popular coffee bar and a restaurant and is located just steps from massive Powell's bookstore. Bikes can be rented from the front desk.

The Benson

The Benson is one of just a few AAA four diamond hotels in Portland, and it shows in the details like the Italian marble floor and Austrian crystal chandeliers in the lobby. Luxe rooms come with organic bamboo robes and slippers, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and king-size Tempur-Pedic mattresses. At night, the attached El Gaucho restaurant serves some of the best steaks in town. The Benson is just steps from the Japanese garden and some of the best shopping in the Pearl district.

Hotel Vintage Plaza

Wine lovers, rejoice! This downtown hotel has its own wine cellar, hosts complimentary nightly wine tastings and can arrange a personalized wine tour of Oregon. Starlight guestrooms are outfitted with conservatory-style windows perfect for stargazing or enjoying the sunshine, and three of the rooms come with an outdoor hot tub. Located in the heart of Pioneer Square, Hotel Vintage is steps from shopping, theaters and McCall waterfront park.

Hotel Fifty

For the most bang for your buck, check out this recently retrofitted 1960s vintage hotel just a stone's throw from the Willamette River. Fully wired rooms come with 42-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and complimentary high-speed Internet. The attached H50 restaurant serves organic, locally grown grub, and you'll find plenty of other fine restaurants nearby. Dogs are welcome for a small fee.

About the Author

Based in Seattle, Steven Blum has been writing about arts and culture since 2002. His articles have appeared in "The Stranger" and "The Seattle Post-Intelligencer" newspapers. For two years, he served as Seattle city guide editor for New York's "Blackbook Magazine." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Washington.

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