Portland Area Lodging

by Edwin Thomas

According to Fodor's, Portland, Oregon "has the best of all worlds" when it comes to lodgings. Hotels in Portland include independent operations and big chains, and span the range from the antique to the thoroughly modern, the quirky to the conventional, and the spartan and cheap to the upmarket and luxurious. Whether it be for business or pleasure, visitors to Portland will be able to find a hotel that suits their tastes and budget.

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Ace Hotel

Located in downtown Portland, the Ace Hotel is a New York Times Travel Pick aimed at a younger market in search of budget and mid-range accommodations appointed in a bohemian style. Situated only one block from Powell's City of Books, according to Frommer's this is the sort of place where "Bauhaus meets industrial salvage center." Each room has its own individual decor and set of original artwork, plus retro features like turntables and record collections and comfy touches such as claw-foot bathtubs. The Ace Hotel also has on-site parking and Wi-Fi access.

Crown Plaza Hotel

Described by Fodor's as a "sleek, modern" hotel, this former Holiday Inn lies in the immediate vicinity of the Coliseum, the convention center and the Rose Quarter. The Lloyd Center and the Broadway Bridge to downtown Portland are just a little further away, but still within several minutes walk. The guest room decor blends the contemporary with some old fashioned touches, such as brass table lamps and four-poster beds. The Crown Plaza also offers its guests ample amenities, such as an indoor swimming pool and a fitness center with free weights.

Heron House

The Heron House is set in a century-old Tudor mansion just a few minutes walk from the main shopping and dining area in Nob Hill. Each of the six rooms at this bed and breakfast is individually furnished in a contemporary style. Among its more interesting features, the house retains most of its original plumbing, resulting in one room having a tulip-shaped bathtub and another sporting a seven-headed shower. In addition to breakfast, the Heron House offers its guests freshly baked cookies in the afternoons.

Hotel Monaco

A hotel from the Kimpton chain, the Monaco is housed in a building that started life in 1912 as a downtown department store, and it remains in the center of downtown shopping today. The 221 guest rooms come with a contemporary decor made whimsical by touches such as striped wallpaper and plush chairs upholstered with turtle-shell prints. The Monaco comes with a range of modern amenities, such as free Wi-Fi access and an exercise room, as well as bike rentals, a special touch in environmentally-conscious Portland.