• Ace Hotel: It was the second Ace Hotel after Seattle and, like that Ace, it is a creative and quirky re-use of a century-old building, emulating “European-style” hotels—which means that some of the rooms share a bathroom. With a good restaurant on one side and a good coffee bar on the other (and more-than-reasonable prices), the Ace captures Portland’s creative spirit.
  • The Benson: With its crystal chandeliers, walnut paneling, and ornate plasterwork ceiling in the lobby, this 1912 vintage hotel is Portland’s most elegant lodging. The rooms are quiet and traditional, and the service is first-rate.
  • Embassy Suites: Unlike other Embassy Suites, this is a historic hotel, dating from 1912 with an unbelievably ornate lobby, but it still has those spacious suites that are great for families. Plus, there’s a pool, complimentary cocktails at night, and a full hot breakfast in the morning.
  • Hotel deLuxe: The deLuxe takes its theme from the Golden Age of Hollywood. It offers rooms with a pastel color scheme that makes them glow like southern California—even when the weather is gray. The fabulous, [‘]50s-era Driftwood Room has craft cocktails and small plates that keep everyone happy.
  • Hotel Lućia: This downtown Portland hotel is sleek and stylish and loaded with original art and a fascinating collection of photographs by White House photographer David Hume Kennerly. The rooms are simple without being simplistic, and on-site Imperial restaurant is a Portland haute spot.
  • Hotel Modera: Whoever thought a 1950s-era downtown motor lodge could be turned into such a cool hotel? The makeover made Hotel Modera downtown’s most sophisticated place to stay, with an outdoor lounge that draws guests and locals.
  • Inn @ Northrup Station: This fun-loving and comfortably cheerful hotel in Northwest Portland sets the tone with bright colors and retro-styling. The rooms are like little self-contained apartments with kitchens (or kitchenettes) and balconies.
  • McMenamins Kennedy School: Only in Portland, and only because of the historical preservationists and brewmeister McMenamins, would a former elementary school be turned into a destination hotel where you can stay in former classrooms and walk halls that are now alive with restaurants, bars, and even a movie theater in the gym.
  • Portland Mayor’s Mansion: One of Portland’s pre-eminent early-20th-century architects designed this brick mansion that sits right on gorgeous Laurelhurst Park. Now operated as a B&B, the house has most of its original fixtures and is a luxurious and comfortable place to stay with a park right in the backyard.
  • Hotel Vintage: A complete remake has transformed this formerly sedate wine-themed hotel in the heart of downtown into a hyper-wine-themed hipster haven with a lobby bar called Bacchus and restyled rooms that are wonderfully comfortable and convenient as well as classily cool and up-to-the-minute.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.