I stayed here solo for my first trip to Portland, and it was a great choice - this hotel seems to epitomize everything about Portland that you'd expect and want. Spot on rock-and-roll / vintage decor with well considered flourishes (record players and wall murals in the room!), hip clientele, excellent and popular Stumptown Coffee on the ground floor, amazing brunch next door and Kenny and Zuke's, and a great location downtown and close to transit to the east as well as the Pearl District and downtown.
The rooms and lobby feel like hanging out in a friend's hip apartment and it is very comfortable and welcoming, not at all pretentious or too-cool-for-school. The staff is all quite friendly as well and helped me in a pinch when my flight was delayed and I arrived a day late. I would recommend upgrading from the basic room to a deluxe room for a bit more space to relax. Also, the rooms on the front of the hotel have a better street view, but you'll need earplugs on weekends since the windows are single paned and can get a tad noisy. But the bed is insanely comfortable, with adorable Pendleton blankets which make for a great night's sleep. All in all, great character for a hotel and a better choice than a more cookie-cutter option in the area.
The only caveat that I will mention is that the hotel is definitely a bit rough around the edges at times if you are expecting a top-notch hotel experience, and aesthetics can take precedent over functionality. It's not a hotel to be pampered in. My room was a bit noisy (you could hear both outside street noise, hallway noise, and the people above me walking around). Also, the amenities are a bit lackluster - the towels aren't a bit rough and the bathrobes aren't very comfy - and the sink in my room was separate from the shower / toilet area which was a bit frustrating. Also, I forgot my iPhone charger at home, and was a bit surprised that the front desk didn't have a few extras lying around (or know that there was an Apple store a 10 minute walk away when I asked). But hey, it's not that pricey, so I'll forgive those little things.
Caveats aside, though, highly recommended and I will definitely be staying there upon my return visits to Portland!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A friendly, urbanized version of the welcoming country inn along a country lane. ... more less
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