Like Dante’s, a beloved rock club in Portland, Oregon, the Old Town Chinatown area it calls home is rough around the edges but undeniably hip. As gentrification has spread, hotels in the city’s oldest neighborhood have learned some new tricks. Here are some of the best near Dante’s – they’re bookable on Culture Trip.
The original urban core of Portland has shaken off its seedy reputation of the past to emerge as one of the hippest neighborhoods in the city. Old Town Chinatown is an intoxicating mix of boutique shops, iconic eateries (take a bow Voodoo Doughnut), the Portland Saturday Market near Burnside Bridge and crusty but cool rock clubs like Dante’s. With some eclectic interiors, on-site music venues and rooftop parties, the hotels in the area and just beyond are buying into the hip vibe wholeheartedly.
The Hoxton’s first foray onto America’s West Coast is a hipster’s paradise, right in the middle of Old Town Chinatown. A bustling mid-century modern lobby, used as a co-working space, sets the tone for a place that reflects the area’s energy. Here, you can eat your way from the Pacific Northwest in the Beatles-inspired Lovely Rita bistro to Mexico in the rooftop restaurant Tope, while the rather snug rooms are adorned with ceramics from Clay Factor.
In an effort to make hostels more fun and not just practical, sisters Lee and Lauren Gonzalez created Lolo Pass – a hybrid hotel that’s “light on the wallet and heavy on experience.” To that end, it’s as much about socializing here as it is about staying over (choose between shared dormitories and private rooms), with an art gallery in the lobby, a rooftop bar and a coffee nook all making it easier to meet fellow travelers.
Named after American women’s rights advocate Abigail Scott Duniway, this up-to-date boutique hotel offers a quieter perch in central downtown, near Pioneer Courthouse Square. The indoor heated pool is a treat, but nothing beats Abigail’s Hideaway, a guests-only rooftop patio on the 11th floor. It has sofa loungers, an oversize chessboard and amazing views over the city that are hard to tear yourself away from.
Built in 1881 by the Portland Seamen’s Friend Society, the Society Hotel still has echoes of its nautical past – although the 24 custom-built bunk beds in the hotel’s hostel section are far more luxurious than anything you’ll find on a frigate. A ship’s galley will also struggle to compete with the hotel lobby, where you’ll find a cafe and bar serving fresh pastries, coffee and beer from some of the finest brewers in Portland.
The Icelandic brand Kex has chosen a 100-year-old brick building in the grungy east Burnside area as its first hotel in the US. To create a slightly offbeat but welcoming interior, Icelandic designer Hálfdan Pedersen sourced furniture from all over the globe. The Icelandic influence is equally strong at Dóttir, an open-plan restaurant with a douglas fir herringbone floor and a central bar, where global plates include deviled eggs with Icelandic flying fish roe.
About as rock’n’roll as a hotel can get, the Jupiter has an on-site music venue. The Doug Fir Lounge and an on-site art gallery combine to make the converted 1960s motor inn a hub of creativity year-round. Rooms with big posters of John Lennon and Marilyn Monroe further dial up the cool factor. For the same formula, only slightly swankier, you can try sister hotel Jupiter Next (and its fabulous jungle bar) further up East Burnside.
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