The Best Boutique Hotels in Portland, Oregon

The Hoxton, Portland has great spaces where you can mix and mingle with others
The Hoxton, Portland has great spaces where you can mix and mingle with others | Courtesy of The Hoxton, Portland / Expedia
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If you’re heading to the largest city in Oregon, you can’t go wrong with a cozy guesthouse near the banks of the Willamette River or a downtown haven for foodies. In a city known for its hippie heritage and freethinking, these quirky boutique hotels in Portland are great places to base yourself.

1. KEX Portland, for true Portland cool


A light-filled dining area with herringbone wood floors at KEX Portland
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Dreamed up in an abandoned biscuit factory in Reykjavík, KEX is one of the coolest hotels in Portland. It has a selection of traveler-friendly bunk rooms, each with attractive custom-made beds, plus private rooms ranging from queen to family-size. There’s also plenty of space to mingle, including a secret courtyard, quiet lounges on the upper floors and Lady of the Mountain – a rooftop hideout for cocktails and views over Central Eastside.

2. Hotel Grand Stark, for luxe amenities

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A stylish room in shades of green and blue and with a black-and-white floral art piece on the wall at Hotel Grand Stark
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The Hotel Grand Stark fits into the boho creativity of Portland perfectly. It has 57 artsy, custom-designed rooms with luxe amenities, including SMEG refrigerators, Nespresso coffee machines and Diptyque toiletries. The Grand Stark Deli serves freshly cooked, made-to-order dishes in a relaxed setting, while Bar Chamberlain is a modern look at the classic hotel bar, serving a refined selection of cocktails and snacks.

3. Inn at Northrup Station, for retro chic

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An explosion of color in the playful lobby with seating and tables topped with candy jars at Inn at Northrup Station
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The Inn at Northrup Station is a retro wonder; built in the 1970s, it now has a jazzy neon sign out front and equally bright interior decor. Guest rooms are in your face – in a good way – with snazzy printed furnishings, retro desks, and private decks and patios. It’s also a place to mingle, with regular communal events, including craft-beer tastings on Thursdays; family-friendly movie nights on Mondays; and a complimentary glass of wine from a local producer on Wednesdays.

4. Lolo Pass, for Scandi-style thoughtfulness

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Patio terrace at Lolo Pass with wooden seats and a view over trees on a sunny day
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Book this boutique hostel in Portland if you’re looking for a budget-friendly stay but don’t want to compromise on style. Pick a private room if you’re not much of a sharer – the bunk rooms are the more economical option. Either way, you’ll stay in a room with a Scandi-style design, sleep-inducing blackout blinds and local art on the walls. Like any good hostel, it has some great shared spaces, including a modern kitchen, a rooftop terrace and a cafe-bar.

5. Caravan – the Tiny House Hotel, for surrealist spaces

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A wood-clad tiny house interior with a sleeping loft, a cozy chair and a kitchenette at the Caravan – the Tiny House Hotel
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“Kooky” doesn’t do justice to these one-off caravan accommodations – each is a separate unit, with a kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom. But it’s the Dalí-esque design and propensity for locally sourced products that make this one of the best boutique hotels in Portland. Embrace the festival-like atmosphere here and chat with other guests around the barbecue and firepit; there’s also art made from recycled materials and a ping-pong table. The highlight may well be the all-you-can-eat s’mores.

6. Harlow Hotel, for a modern art deco feel

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A spacious art deco-inspired guest room with bold pops of color at the Harlow Hotel
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The Harlow takes one of the oldest commercial buildings in Northwest Portland and transforms it into a stylish modern boutique hotel. The building itself is a member of the National Register of Historic Places, but the inside has been revamped with contemporary art deco stylings. Guest rooms are on the second and third floors, offering views of the private courtyard, downtown or the neighboring park. Kick your evenings off with complimentary beer, wine and cider in the lobby before heading out to explore the trendy Pearl District.

7. The Hoxton, Portland, for mid-century cool

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A two-bed corner guest room with a mid-century modern design and city views at the Hoxton, Portland
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Functional yet eye-catching mid-century furniture adorns each of the guest rooms at the Hoxton, Portland, paired with locally curated original artwork and ceramic decor. While the prime location in the Old Town Chinatown district leaves plenty of top-notch dining options, you also never have to leave. Throw back oysters at Lovely Rita and flavor-packed tacos at Tope, the two on-site restaurants, then sneak down to the speakeasy bar to end the night with an amaretto sour.

8. Jupiter NEXT, for classy facilities

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A stylish two-bed guest room with knit cotton blankets and black-and-white photos of Portland at Jupiter NEXT
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Effortlessly glamorous, this sleek Portland hotel prioritizes two things: city views and entertainment. Each tastefully decorated guest room, decked out with local art, has a panorama of the Portland skyline. Add to that the hotel’s neighboring establishment, the Doug Fir Lounge, a classy bar and music venue, and your stay just got a whole lot better.

9. Hi-Lo Hotel, Autograph Collection, for laid-back style


A soothing two-bed guest room in shades of goldenrod, gray and oat at the Hi-Lo Hotel, Autograph Collection
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It’s hard to feel anything but relaxed when you enter the Hi-Lo Hotel. The guest rooms feature goldenrod and gray tones and plush bedding that you’ll be hard-pressed to leave. Shop at the Merchant, the on-site store stocked with Portland wares, such as Maak Lab bath products and local craft beers, to take home.

10. Mark Spencer Hotel, for vintage charm

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Vintage-inspired guest room in soft yellows and grays at Mark Spencer Hotel
Courtesy of Mark Spencer Hotel / Expedia

This historic building has long been a hot place to stay – for more than a century. While all the rooms and amenities have been updated for a flawlessly comfortable stay, the building has retained its vintage charms and some of its original architecture. Touches such as brick accent walls and old-school lighting elements uphold the classic character.

Still looking for more options? Read our guide on the best luxury hotels in Portland, or book one of the top budget-friendly hotels now on Culture Trip. Relax after a busy day of exploring at one of these hotels with pools, or pamper your other half at one of the most romantic hotels in Portland. Bringing your dog? Check out these pet-friendly hotels.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Annie Burdick.

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