Luxury Portland Hotels

by Joy Uyeno

Upscale hotels in Portland, Oregon, are often infused with a distinctive sense of style and personality. They pamper guests with everything from a menu of mattress options to pet psychic consultations. Just as this city mixes its independent spirit with eco-friendly practices, a few of the high-end hotels blend individualistic services and design with green choices for accommodations that are quintessentially Portland.

Heathman Hotel

The Heathman Hotel sits on Portland's southwest waterfront, near the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and within two blocks of the MAX light rail. When guests make reservations at the Heathman, they are given three bedding options: featherbed, pillowtop or memory foam. Guest rooms have dark wood furniture and are decorated in a mellow palette of tans and golds. The Heathman Restaurant and Bar is headed up by James Beard-award winning chef Philippe Boulot, who uses fresh local ingredients in dishes such as Wild Sturgeon Vallee d’Auge with potato risotto and Anderson Ranch Willamette Valley Lamb with baby squash. The hotel has a library with a collection of books signed by authors who have stayed there, and a number of Warhol originals adorn the walls of the common spaces. In April 2009, the hotel completed major green renovation that was 99 percent landfill-free, utilizing local vendors to reduce the overall project's carbon footprint.

Avalon Hotel & Spa

The Avalon Hotel is a boutique hotel located on the Willamette River. It houses 99 guest rooms, 78 of which have balconies with views of the water. Guest rooms are sleek and contemporary, with cleanly designed furniture and large, floor-to-ceiling windows. In August 2010, Aquariva Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened, serving Italian-inspired dishes with locally grown seasonal vegetables, and Northwest-raised lamb and pork. The hotel's 13,000-square-foot spa and fitness facilities have a whirlpool, steam room and sauna, 11 treatment rooms and a salon. Avalon Hotel & Spa has earned the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver Certification for environmental conscientiousness and green practices.

The Nines

The Nines is located in downtown Portland, adjacent to the upscale Pioneer Place mall. The hotel's elegant interior blends ultra-modern elements such as a gold headless statue and bright pink sheer curtains with traditional elements such as nailhead-finished chesterfields for an eclectic minimalist style. Guest rooms are equally chic, done up in shades of white, soft grey and bright teal. Departure Restaurant and Lounge serves Asian fusion dishes, while the steakhouse Urban Farmer offers a menu focused on organic, local ingredients. Guests use the 24-hour fitness facility, with personal training sessions available upon request through the concierge. At the time of its opening in September 2009, the hotel was one of only a few hotels in the world awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver Certification. In addition to high efficiency bathrooms, 100 percent of the hotel's energy comes from renewable resources, including wind-generated power and carbon offsets.

Hotel Monaco Portland

Hotel Monaco's 221 guest rooms are decorated in a playful palette of periwinkle, lime green and red against dark chocolate brown. The hotel's host of complimentary amenities reflect Portland's quirky spirit: bike rentals, the Very Important Pets program (which allows pets to stay for free and includes concierge referrals to a pet psychic), and the addition of a pet goldfish in guest rooms for those who would like a little extra company while traveling. The Red Star Tavern and Roast House serves breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring foods infuenced by the cuisines of various regions of the U.S. including Dungeness Crab Gratin and Pig's Ear Terrine. The hotel earned the Green Seal Silver Certification for its eco-friendly practices, which include in-room recycling, water conservation, use of green vendors and environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.