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Two sleek new buildings—one for visitors and one for residents—are upping the Pearl’s design game.

Hampton Inn & Suites

As you wander into the Pearl District’s newest hotel, a few things stand out. There are gorgeous reclaimed wood beams in the otherwise modern lobby and plenty of local art, including a giant black-and-white photo of the Fremont Bridge, a gallery space with works by local artists, and Portland-themed photography in the 243 rooms and suites.

On the lobby level, you’ll also find an indoor heated saline pool and a true destination restaurant, Tanner Creek Tavern, opened by renowned local restaurateur David Machado—who also operates Altabira City Tavern and Nel Centro. Here you can sample the creative fare of chef Trevor Payne (pictured below), a veteran of Olympia Provisions, Little Bird, and Taylor Railworks.

The decidedly contemporary Hampton Inn & Suites Portland–Pearl District (354 NW 9th Ave, 503-222-5200), which is slated to open by late summer, differs markedly from typical properties in the popular chain. “It’s a boutique-style hotel, but with a brand that people are familiar with,” says Jessica Rippel, director of sales. Indeed, guests can count on the same personal, attentive level of service that has made this midscale Hilton brand with more than 2,000 locations worldwide so successful.

The hotel also offers the same wealth of perks as other Hampton Inns, including an extensive fitness center and complimentary full breakfast (or “on the go” breakfast bags). Built on the site of the two-story building that housed MTV’s Real World cast during the 2012 season, the hotel rises eight stories. On the roof you’ll discover another amenity that’s both atypical of the brand and that will remind you that you’re in Portland: a dramatic deck with a pergola, fire pit, and spectacular city views.

Vista North Pearl

Opening in October 2018 on the west side of Fields Park, the 21-story, 153-unit Vista North Pearl Condominiums continues the stylish transformation of the neighborhood’s northern blocks.

The tower’s minimalist design features a textured-panel façade and ample balconies overlooking the park, Willamette River, and surrounding mountains. There’s also a spectacular fifth-floor garden terrace with a fire table.

Hoyt Realty Group, a key player in shaping the Pearl District, developed this sophisticated tower designed by Bora Architects. The most desirable penthouse units abound with cushy touches, including two-sided corner fireplaces, climate-controlled wine storage, and Kohler soaking tubs. Visit the showroom (1130 NW 10th Ave, 503-227-2000) or make an appointment. –Fernando Nocedal