Explore the trails and trees of Forest Park, one of the largest urban forests in the United States, then spend a restful night at a convenient hotel in Portland, Oregon. Here are the best places to stay – bookable on Culture Trip.
Designed by the Olmsted Brothers, whose father, Frederick Law Olmsted, created Central Park in New York City, Forest Park is one of the great urban parks in the United States. It’s densely wooded and laced with more than 80mi (129km) of hiking and cycling trails, making Portland the perfect destination for combining city fun with outdoor adventure.
After a day on the trails, Jupiter Next beckons with rooms infused with creations by local artisans – from muraled headboards to bold geometric blankets – and city views. Next is an expansion of the Jupiter Hotel, a hotspot with two restaurants and a top small music venue, the Doug Fir Lounge. The hotel is on the east side of Portland between the Lloyd District and the Buckman neighborhood.
If your great-grandpa caught his ship in Portland, he might have stayed at an earlier incarnation of the Society Hotel. Right in the thick of the Old Town Chinatown district, it has everything from hostel bunks (with privacy curtains) to ensuite rooms. The convivial lobby includes the Society Cafe – a cafe and bar – and the rooftop deck is another good gathering spot.
Within a 20-minute drive of Forest Park, this suburban outpost of the Aloft chain is a good bet if you prefer to stay out of the city. The hotel caters mainly to business travelers heading to Intel or Nike, but families like it, too. The lobby has games, including a giant Jenga set and a pool table, and the indoor pool is a nice plus.
Hyatt’s take on the modernist hotel features an ideal location (on the north side of downtown) for outdoor treks plus some serious shopping in the Pearl District, home to Powell’s City of Books and many hip national chains. Room amenities include a Keurig coffee maker, a Drybar Buttercup blow dryer and under-the-bed mood lighting. Also, an on-site 24-hour market features lots of local food and beverages to try.
Looking for somewhere different to stay? Via Culture Trip, book into one of the best boutique hotels in Portland, or if you’re traveling with a four-legged friend, opt for a top pet-friendly stay. Inspire your itinerary with our guide on what to see in the city, including the best beaches nearby. Don’t miss the best nightlife in Portland.
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