Here are five downtown hotels, many of them offering terrific weekend rates during the winter season, in or within a few blocks of the Pearl.
Even if you live in portland, treating yourself to an overnight stay within easy walking distance of the Pearl’s bounty of distinctive retailers and inviting restaurants can make for a rewarding, and relaxing, holiday adventure. You won’t have to drive home late after a full day of shopping followed by dinner or perhaps even a show at Portland Center Stage. And after sleeping in the next morning, you’ll be ideally situated to enjoy a leisurely meal at one of the neighborhood’s exceptional brunch spots—perhaps Verde Cocina, Jamison, or the new Cerulean wine bar and bistro—before setting out for more, you guessed it, holiday shopping. – Andrew Collins
Just over a century old, the venerable Benson Hotel (309 SW Broadway, 503- 228-2000 or 800-716-6199, coasthotels.com) ranks among the true grandes dames of the Pacific Northwest, its Old World lobby—accented with Italian marble and walnut paneling— festively decorated for the holidays. Break up your shopping adventures with high tea in the gracious Palm Court lounge. Or head to the clubby El Gaucho steak house and cigar room for juicy chops and filet mignon. Book a room facing north on an upper floor for an expansive panorama of the neighboring Pearl District.
A reasonably priced, modern tower just a few blocks southeast of the Brewery Blocks, Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center (550 SW Oak St, 503-505-5000 or 800-321-2211) has 256 smartly furnished rooms with ecofriendly bath products, mini refrigerators, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi—there’s also a good-size fitness center. For knockout views, book a corner room, with its floorto- ceiling windows. Just off the lobby, the Original Dinerant serves creative comfort fare—kick off the day with the decadent crème brûlée French toast.
The stylish, contemporary Inn at Northrup Station (2025 NW Northrup St, 503-224-0543 or 800-224- 1180) makes a perfect home away from home, its spacious rooms outfitted with kitchens (note the maple cabinets, granite counters, and Keurig coffeemakers), comfy sitting areas, and either balconies or garden terraces. Bright purple, yellow, and raspberry color schemes lend a whimsical air. The 70-room hotel in a quiet residential area in tony Nob Hill is right on the Portland Streetcar line, just a quick hop west of the Pearl District.
Within a stone’s throw of Powell’s Books, the handsome Mark Spencer Hotel (409 SW 11th Ave, 503-224-3293 or 800-548- 3934) is a major supporter of the city’s arts and cultural scene, offering special packages that include tickets to Portland Center Stage and other performance arts venues around town. The 102 rooms and suites in this 1907 hotel are spacious and homey— many have kitchenettes and separate sitting rooms. Complimentary perks include Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, afternoon tea and cookies, and a wine-and-cheese reception in the evening.
The Residence Inn Portland Downtown/ Pearl District (1150 NW 9th Ave, 503-220-1339 or 800-331-3131) opened in a sleek, angular new building in early 2014, becoming the neighborhood’s first lodging. It’s a stunner, with the same clean lines, bold color schemes, and contemporary finishes that typify the Pearl District’s many desirable condo buildings. Rooms are ideal for extended stays, with kitchens and extra pullout sofa beds. Perks include complimentary hot breakfasts and evening beverages and hors d’oeuvres, and an indoor pool and extensive fitness center at your disposal.