5 of the best hotels to stay at while visiting Portland

Feb 18 2020, 4:15 pm

Portland is home to some of the best artisanal shopping, culinary adventures, and lush weirdness in the country. Which makes it easy to see why millions flock to the City of Roses on a yearly basis.

In an economic impact study published by the Tourism Oregon group, the demand for hotel and lodging alone in 2018 saw upwards of 15 million visitors, with overnight visitor volumes nearly cracking 30 million people.

To no surprise, Portland has some pretty outstanding places to stay. Here are our picks for the 5 most unique hotels in Portland.

The Heathman


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There’s something to be said about staying within the theater district of an art-focused metropolis, and The Heathman is by far one of the best among the myriad of hotel options along Broadway. What the others don’t have is a sense of history. The beautifully kept interior takes one back to a classier time, and their library is filled to the brim with all sorts of books (both unique copies and author-autographed) to keep you in the lap of that luxury.

Address: 1001 SW Broadway, Portland
Phone: 503-241-4100

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Hotel Eastlund


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Speaking of traveling through time. If you’re looking for a modern take on a Mad Men atmosphere, then we can’t offer up a better option in Portland than the Hotel Eastlund. Featuring unique and flavorful designs, one of Portland’s greatest rooftop patios, and some of the grandest hotel food available, Hotel Eastlund is a must if you’re looking for a specific vibe.

Address: 1021 NE Grand Avenue, Portland
Phone: 503-235-2100

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Hotel Zags Portland


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Part hotel and part ideal that you can wake up and have true Portland in your back pocket, Hotel Zags is as much an Oregon experience as it is an accommodation option. From their classically simplistic and beautiful room designs to one of the best lobbies in the city, Zags captures something others just can’t (or won’t). If games and watching sports aren’t your thing, check out the hotel’s gear shed (cameras, skateboards, sports equipment) for your key to unlocking some fun around town.

Address: 515 SW Clay Street, Portland
Phone: 503-484-1084

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The Nines


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It’s not a lobby, it’s an experience, which is roughly the sentiment expressed by every single visitor to The Nines in downtown Portland. An open-ceiling courtyard set-up makes the lounge, bar, and sitting area in the common space within The Nines one for the ages. They (like many Portland hotels) are pet-friendly and accommodating, and The Nines also plays home to another stunning library.

Address: 525 SW Morrison Street, Portland
Phone: 503-222-9996

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McMenamins Crystal Hotel


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Just down the street from the historic McMenamins Crystal Ballroom concert venue, the Crystal Hotel brings all of the hip, underground, and punk-rock attitude the brand is known for to the hotel and accommodation game. Featuring one of the best bars in all of Portland — the Zeus Cafe — the Crystal Hotel has artist/song-themed rooms that aren’t ready to burst your budget yet still land you in the heart of Portland.

Address: 525 SW Morrison St, Portland
Phone: 503-222-9996

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