A property so unique that it ends up being a destination unto itself. If you're trying to decide if this hotel is for you, ask yourself the following questions:
• Are you just looking for a place to crash? That is, do you just want to check in, go to sleep, then get up the next morning and move on? If so, then the answer is NO.
This hotel is less about luxury and convenience, and more about providing a unique experience that takes a bit of time to appreciate. If you do what I did my first visit, and just blow in and out, you will end up paying for an experience you won't get to appreciate. And the location is a bit off of the beaten path for those looking for an "off-the-exit" place to stay the night.
• Are you looking to have all the typical room amenities, like TV w/pay-per-view, super-fast wi-fi, room fridge, etc.? Then the answer is probably NO.
This hotel is less about modernity and more a celebration of quirkiness. I have stayed in two different parts of the hotel, and both times my room had a sparse but clean bathroom, no TV, and featured a comfortable but basic setup. This is not a quiet, relaxing sort of place where the bed is so comfortable you just want to bury yourself in the sheets and sleep forever, or where you set up a laptop on the desk in your room and power through some work.
• Do you like wandering aimlessly, exploring local history, looking at original artwork, and appreciating an everything-including-the-kitchen-sink, more-is-more approach to interior design? Then YES, book a room now.
If the album cover aesthetic present on the Smashing Pumpkins' 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness' mashed it up with a PBS documentary about a neighborhood school, this is what you would get. I could spend an hour just walking the hallways and looking at all of the art, perusing the historical displays, and taking in the funky architectural details that grace the building. And then when you get back to your room, you can pick up the chalk and draw on the old-school (literally!) blackboards.
• Does the idea of checking in and then taking a dip, watching a movie in a theater while sitting on a comfy couch, going on an art walk, having dinner by an outdoor fire, seeing a live band perform, shooting some pool, going bar-hopping, then falling asleep in a bed with a hand-painted headboard themed on a particular work of literature, all without leaving the hotel, appeal to you? Then YES, book now.
You don't even have to have an itinerary elsewhere in Portland to have a good time in Portland. Just check in and make the rounds in the building. On both of my stays (weekends) the place was hopping with a mixture of guests and locals coming here to hang out. It had a party vibe going well past midnight, which makes sense as they brew their own beer on site.
This place is amazing.
The rooms in the "English Wing" are in a separate building than the main school. Those roo...
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