When you stay at this imposing Colonial Revival red-brick mansion on Laurelhurst Park in southeast Portland, you are staying in a piece of Portland history. Mayor H. Russell Albee had it built in 1912 for use as his summer home. Albee’s architect was A. E. Doyle, the man who designed every significant building in Portland in that era, including the Portland Public Library. This is a grand mansion with most of its original features, and it has been beautifully restored and maintained by owner-innkeeper Dick Kroll. The outstanding quality of the original materials and craftsmanship is augmented by interior decor that features a fine-tuned mix of period antiques, contemporary and Asian artwork, and fine (but not overstuffed or stuffy) furniture. With its white oak and mahogany paneling and staircase, library, solarium, and giant-sized living room, it’s definitely an impressive showplace, but it’s also comfortable, and guests are encouraged to enjoy its many public rooms. It’s also right on Laurelhurst Park, so guests look out onto giant trees, and can literally walk out the door and into the park. The guest rooms, all on the second floor, share the sense of sturdy, well-built luxury that characterizes the rest of the house. For a special treat, book the three-room master suite—it’s a small apartment unto itself. The other three rooms are smaller and two of them share a bathroom. The rooms all have big windows that open and are comfortably furnished.