On a trip to Portland, you might find yourself sipping locally grown coffee and exploring Powell's, the country's largest independent bookstore, or bicycling along the Willamette riverfront. While you could stay at any of the numerous chain hotels in Portland, one way to experience the city's local hospitality is to stay at one of the array of boutique hotels that dot the city.
The stylish Hotel Lucia is on SW Broadway, within walking distance of such attractions as the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Art Museum. Also nearby is Pioneer Place Mall, featuring high-end stores like Tiffany & Co. and H&M. Hotel Lucia's modern vibe, with warm colors and dark mahogany and stainless steel furniture, helped earn it fourth place on a "Conde Nast Traveler" poll of best North American hotels. In-room amenities include organic tea and coffee and bath products by Aveda. A pillow menu is also available. Dine on-site at an Asian bistro or a restaurant specializing in Thai cuisine. The hotel welcomes dogs of any size for an additional fee.
Inn @ Northrup Station
Located in Portland's hip Northwest neighborhood, the Inn @ Northrup Station sits adjacent to the streetcar line. The inn sponsors the streetcar, so guests who wish to ride receive complimentary tickets. Bright colors, modern lines and abstract, original art set this boutique hotel apart. Rooms consist of suites with a fully equipped kitchen, but if you're in a rush, the hotel offers a complimentary continental breakfast. Spend the day shopping on 21st and 23rd avenues before relaxing with your purchases at Moonstruck Cafe for some specialty chocolate.
The Paramount Hotel is centrally located near the Oregon Symphony, Pioneer Place Mall and Pioneer Square. The 154-room hotel offers a range of accommodations, including suites. Rooms are bright and airy, featuring neo-classical decor; amenities include coffee and tea from Portland Roasting Coffee and Tazo tea. Dine out at one of the many restaurants within walking distance or have dinner at Dragonfish Asian Cafe, the Paramount's on-site restaurant. Dragonfish specializes in caramel ginger chicken and has a wide range of sushi choices.
Once a midcentury motor inn, the Jupiter Hotel is now a thriving boutique hotel with an Asian-influenced, minimalist design scheme, just walking distance away from the Lloyd Center. One of the ways that the Jupiter is different from most hotels is that it practices sustainable living. This can be seen in the low-voltage lighting, guest recycling and environmentally friendly cleaning products. In-room facilities include chalkboard doors (a green way to make notes), wall murals and free high-speed Internet access. Dining is available at the Doug Fir restaurant and bar, but if you don't fancy eating out every night, the hotel offer rooms with a complete kitchenette. If you're traveling with dogs, ask about the LexiDog Metro rooms, which include pet beds, water and food bowls, leashes and dry shampoo. Complimentary treats and toys are also available.
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