Oregon 4 Star Hotels

by T.L. Chancellor

Oregon has a reputation for the outdoors, from its lush forests surrounding Mount Hood to its pristine Pacific Ocean beaches. The state’s Willamette Valley is famous for native wines, and Hell’s Canyon in east Oregon draws thousands of travelers a year. But Oregon isn’t all about the outdoors. Oregon’s top hotels have earned recognition as Four Diamond AAA-rated properties as of 2010 and offer a myriad of exceptional services.

Where You Can Do Everything

Located between Lincoln City and Newport right off the 101 on the central coast of Oregon, the Salishan Spa and Golf Resort provides guests with just about everything they need to enjoy themselves without venturing out onto Glendenen Beach. All rooms come with MP3 player, fireplace and complimentary robes. Many rooms feature views of the neighboring golf course and beaches. The resort’s golf course was designed by PGA Tour pro and Oregon native Peter Jacobsen and features spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. The spa features massages, facial treatments and salon services. The resort’s four restaurants range from a high-end steakhouse to a deli. Guests can also play tennis, swim, work out in the fitness center and shop at Salishan’s own mall, which features 16 different shops, which sell items ranging from books to jewelry.

The Lodge

The Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge is named after a native Oregon Indian tribe, the Tu Tu’ Tunne Rogue Indians, and the Lodge is located near where the Rogue River flows into the Pacific Ocean. The Lodge is low-key, featuring just 16 rooms, two suites and two houses. All rooms offer a view of the river, and some have fireplaces and hot tubs for cool nights. Houses have everything you need to live for several days, including a kitchen and laundry room. For guests who need a break from the peace and quiet, the Lodge has its own restaurant; it serves three meals a day only during the season, from May to October, and only breakfast from November through April. Guests can hike, fish, take in the forestland in Buena Vista State Park or order an in-room massage or a candlelit meal in their room.

The Landmark

The Governor Hotel is on the Historic Hotels of America list and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009. The hotel is an ideal jumping point into downtown Portland, as it is a block from a light rail station and a short walk from the city’s streetcar system. The Governor is a popular locale for meetings and wedding, with more than 22,000 square feet of space that can accommodate up to 700 guests. Jake’s Grill provides three meals a day to guests and locals and also does catering for hotel events. Most rooms have windows that open; all rooms have wireless Internet access, terrycloth robes and an honor bar. Other services include a concierge, valet parking and a fitness center.

The Chain Option

Also in downtown Portland, the Westin Portland provides the comfort of excellent lodging with a national reputation, as the hotel is affiliated with the Starwood brand of hotels. The Portland Art Museum and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall are both short walks from the hotel, which boasts more than 200 rooms that feature standard amenities like iPod docking stations, in-room refreshment centers and separate tub and shower areas. The hotel’s Daily Grill specializes in American fare that includes steaks, pork chops and comfort foods like chicken pot pie. Before dinner, take advantage of the Westin’s Unwind happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays; you'll be able to sample some of Oregon’s finest wines and spirits.

About the Author

T.L Chancellor has more than 12 years of newspaper reporting and editing experience. She has written extensively about education, business and city government. She has also worked at a public relations firm, focusing on environmental issues with clients.

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