The Ultimate Guide to Hotels in Portland, Oregon

Ideal for domestic birds

Tiny Digs: Choose from 11 “little houses,” each with a unique theme, from barn house to beach house. The owners sourced materials from construction sites and antique dealers, nailing each style aesthetically and using trompe-l’oeil techniques to maximize lighting and space. Each 16-foot-long building has a living area, bathroom, and cooking facilities. The surrounding neighborhood of Kerns is a hoot, with a cinema and excellent restaurants. Traveling with the family? Opt for the Finnish themed cabin, wagon or house, which can accommodate four to five people.
Rooms: from $ 174 (£ 126).

Ideal for kitsch fans

Inn at Northrup Station: The electric hues of this retro-chic hotel are the perfect antidote to the dreary Portland skies. Salmon pink, lime green, and lilac walls mixed with multicolored upholstery and 1970s-inspired paintings are more cheerful than jarring. In addition, each room is a spacious suite with its own kitchenette, desk and seating area. The breakfast room, lounge area and rooftop bar are also designed. Getting around the city center is a snap with the tram line that runs past the hotel, and tickets are included with your stay.
Rooms: from $ 167 (£ 121).

Best for students of life

Kennedy School Hotel: If only real school was that fun. This destination property, located in a former school, has a lot: a cinema, a restaurant in the courtyard, a swimming pool, a music room, a craft brewery and three bars, as well as 57 classrooms transformed into bedrooms. Bohemian rock-and-roll flair, antique treasures, and bespoke artwork tell the story of the property; walking the halls and spotting the symbolism in the paintings is part of the experience. It’s in the northeast district, with the city center just a 15 minute drive away. Rooms: from $ 179 (£ 130).

Ideal for bookworms

The Heathman Hotel: Art lovers have chosen to lay their head in this grande dame of the entertainment district since it opened in the 1920s. The hotel was renovated in 2018 with an intoxicating mix of original wood panels and modern art. Guests are offered a local IPA at check-in to sip in their large, bright rooms, but it’s the library of over 2,700 books (many first editions) that is the highlight of the show. Grab coffee in the lobby cafe and relax in a space shining with words and history. When you’re ready for action, the teal-clad doormen can lead you past the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for a performance or symphony.
Rooms: from $ 203 (£ 147).

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