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Oregon’s largest city has a wonderful town-y charm, from its pretty, varied neighbourhoods to the vibrant city centre. Hipsters and eco-activists abound, and there’s a range of weird and wonderful mash-ups: vegan brewpubs, cycling coffeehouses, brewery bike tours, knitting cafes etc., which make for a lot of friendly fun. Portland is also known for being beautiful and green. The best places to stay in Portland for most visitors will be found in the centre of town, but if you’re looking for something a little different then you might find the best places to stay in Portland in one of the quirkier neighbourhoods.
Portland’s green credentials stretch to an extensive streetcar and light-rail system, so this is a really easy city to get around. There are also numerous beautiful city parks - Forest Park and Washington Park are highlights - and lots of green pockets, and many intersections are designed with pedestrians in mind, so this a great city to see on foot.
Some people know Portland as the Beer and Food Cart Capital of the World - Portland has around 70 microbreweries! And there are around 200 wineries within about an hours drive - so you’ll not go hungry (or thirsty) on your travels around town.
Pioneer Courthouse Square is a good place to start exploring, it’s the centre of town and often referred to as ‘Portland’s living room’, then you might take a walk through the Old Town and China Town, then pass by the Portland Building. You might also like to stroll the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The Pearl District is a great place to finish your day, this is where you’ll find many galleries, plus restaurants and boutiques.
As far as the main sights go there’s the Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Pittock Mansion and the Portlandia statue - the second largest in the US, after the Statue of Liberty. And you might also be interested in getting underground and exploring the tunnels which link up the basements of the bars and hotels in the Old Town and down to the docks.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Portland are ideally located in the centre of town, and all provide a great base whether you're here for business or leisure.
For a city break
- The Benson is a European, heritage style hotel in the heart of Portland, with almost three hundred rooms and a choice of restaurants. You’re close to many of the main sights, including the Portland Art Museum.
- The 150 room Heathman Hotel is Art Deco in style, with lots of original early 20th Century features and a bold colour palette. It's also known for serving an elegant afternoon tea.
- The Sentinel also dates from the early 20th Century, though this time the decor is more modern. You’re still well located for all the major sights, and there’s a stunning restaurant.
- The 130 rooms of the unashamedly magnificent Hotel DeLuxe are just a few minutes from Providence Park, making this a central and beautifully extravagant choice - with a fine dining restaurant.
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Best Hotels in Portland
The Benson 287 rooms from $242Portland
Imposing heritage hotel in bustling downtown Portland inspired by European grandeur. Interiors are classic and inviting with a neutral palette of chocolate and cream, wood trim and glass accents. Mouth-watering restaurants serve steaks and lighter meals. Fitness centre, business centre.Sights nearby - The Portland Art Museum, with its collection of American, Asian, European and Indigenous art, is just a ten-minute journey away.Lively area - In the thick of the action.Recommended by - Tablet
The Heathman Hotel 150 rooms from $255Portland
An early 20th century architectural gem with Art Deco features and sensitively restored bedrooms which retain the original aesthetic. Rooms have Lotus Luxury bed linen, bold sunburst headboards and a rich colour palette. On-site dining serves locally sourced produce and elegant Afternoon Tea.Sights nearby - Visit Portland Art Museum, a mere five-minute walk from the hotel.Lively area - In the thick of the action.Kids Club - Fully staffed.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Tablet
The Sentinel 100 rooms from $269Portland
Beautifully renovated 1909 property with wood panelling, leather furniture and contemporary rooms with all modern amenities. Rooms in sage, lavender and taupe feature pillow-topped mattresses, large windows and deliciously soft fabrics. On-site restaurant with a stunning stained glass dome.Romantic - Good for couples.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Tablet
Hotel DeLuxe 130 rooms from $269Portland
Gilded trim, Czech glass chandeliers, a 1950s-style cocktail lounge, art deco artefacts and casual extravagance make this hotel a unique offering in hipster Portland. Unabashedly magnificent rooms feature pastel colour palettes and chic leather and wood furnishings. Fine-dining restaurant on-site.Sights nearby - Just a few minutes walk from Providence Park sport stadium.Lively area - In the thick of the action.Romantic - Good for couples.OpulentRecommended by - Tablet
Kimpton RiverPlace 84 rooms from $277Portland
Charming, eco-friendly hotel in the heart of Portland. The stylish rooms are spacious and comfortable, boasting great views out over the river Willamette. Perfect for exploring the sights and sounds of the aptly named 'City of Roses'.Local exploring - Perfect for exploring the sights and sounds of Portland.City Style - Right in the heart of one of America's trendiest cities.Great walks - Excellent city walks along the river and in the nearby Waterfront City Park.Sights nearby - Two minutes walk from Portland Police Memorial.