Romantic Portland Hotels

by Joy Uyeno

Known for its bridges, roses and independent spirit, Portland is a romantic city, and its hotels are a reflection of this ambiance. Portland's hotels are unique, with each one infusing its own personality and character into the space to create an experience for guests rather than simply a place to go to sleep. Whether your idea of romance means stepping into the golden days of Hollywood glamour or getting a couple's massage followed by a walk through a winery, Portland's hotels hold a romantic escape for travelers.

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The Benson Hotel

The Benson Hotel is located in the bustling downtown area of Portland, within walking distance of the Pearl District and attractions like the Museum of Contemporary Art, Powell's Books and Voodoo Donut. The hotel is known for its elegant interior, with classic details including the original vaulted ceilings and marble staircases. While the hotel transports visitors to a bygone era, the guest rooms include modern luxuries like TempurPedic mattresses, flat-screen televisions and wireless Internet access. The hotel's fine dining establishment, London Grill, serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a champagne brunch on Sundays. There are unique private dining spaces for intimate occasions. Romance spills over into the lobby, where The Palm Court offers light fare and an extensive wine list, as well as live jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings.

RiverPlace Hotel

Travel + Leisure magazine says RiverPlace Hotel "easily has the city’s best Willamette River views," as it is situated right on the waterfront, set apart from the busy streets of the city center, which is within walking distance. The hotel uses light gold and beige hues set against cherry toned wood and natural stone to create a setting that is distinctly Northwestern. The lobby features a library with a fireplace for chilly days, and the hotel's courtyard patio overlooks the waterfront and is the venue for outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions. Guest rooms feature plush FeatherBorne Beds and L'Occitane bath products, with large windows to let in natural light. Three Degrees Restaurant & Grill serves up ingredients made with locally grown, seasonal ingredients. The Honeymoon Package includes champagne, truffles, scattered rose petals and Continental breakfast at Three Degrees.

Hotel deLuxe

The Hotel deLuxe transports guests to old time Hollywood glamour, done up in art deco noir style in a contemporary color palette of creams, soft blues and gold, accented by mirrored and crystal surfaces. The guest rooms look like sets of old Hollywood films, with 1940s-inspired headboards and crystal based lamps, but they have the creature comforts for contemporary travelers, such as iPod docking stations, HDTVs and wireless Internet access. The hotel's restaurant, Gracie's, is a grand space with floor-to-ceiling windows and crystal chandeliers. Gracie's serves up cuisine that "pay[s] homage to fine dining in the Golden Age of Hollywood." The dimly lit Driftwood Room is an intimate bar located off of the hotel's lobby.

McMenamins Edgefield

Located just outside of Portland, McMenamins Edgefield is a 74-acre parcel of land that houses a hotel, spa, winery, distillery, several small bars, two restaurants, a pool hall, a movie theater and lush gardens. The landscaped grounds are dotted by tiny cottage bars kept warm with wood burning stoves. Each guest room is unique, with murals painted on the walls and vintage furnishings. Ruby's spa offers massages, nail treatments and facials, and also features a heated outdoor soaking pool filled with chemical-free salt water. The grounds are often used for weddings and social gatherings, with over 10 location options for ceremonies, receptions and parties.

About the Author

Joy Uyeno has been writing about travel, food, fashion, culture and finance since 2005. For three years she wrote a column for the "Honolulu Star-Bulletin" aimed at young and first-time travelers. Her writing has appeared in several local and national publications, including the 2008 anthology "Honolulu Stories." She holds a Master of Arts in writing and publishing from Emerson College.