The posh hotel is artsy, with signed editions from visiting authors, an Andy Warhol original, and uniformed doormen. Specifically the Portland Center Stage Suite is decorated with handmade costumes from local shows. A portion of the room price goes to Portland Center Stage outreach programs.
1001 SW Broadway, 503-241-4100; portland.heathmanhotel.com
Inn at Northrup Station
Painted in electric-bright colors and next to the streetcar line—the all-suite hotel is for the kind of Portland stay that bridges downtown partying (it’s not a long walk) with chill alone time (suites have kitchens with glass-top ranges)
2025 NW Northrup St, 503-224-0543; northrupstation.com
The giant Meier and Frank suite skews toward the art deco touches that filled the old department store that once filled this building: The Portland landmark retailer hosted a radio station and the town’s first escalator and employed Clark Gable.
525 SW Morrison St, 877-229-9995; thenines.com
Mark Spencer Hotel
The room itself is simple and serviceable, with just a touch of style and a whitewashed brick wall; the bid-your-own price reservation system for the downtown room (think Priceline, but with fewer popup ads) personalizes the stay.
409 SW 11th Ave, 503-224-3293; markspencer.com
Once upon a time, this was a rundown motor lodge; now it’s a hip hangout for creative types, where booking a room on the bar-patio side means easy access to the party—and turndown service comes with a condom, not a chocolate, on the nightstand.
800 E Burnside St, 503-230-9200; jupiterhotel.com
Caravan, the Tiny House Hotel
Wee rentable homes on wheels form a circle around a fire pit in a residential neighborhood. The Rosebud trailer holds a kitchen, a bathroom, and a sleeping loft in its 100 square feet, with just enough room left over for two people and maybe one small dog.
5009 NE 11th Ave, 503-288-5225; tinyhousehotel.com