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3-Star Mystery Hotel near Downtown Portland
Portland’s Downtown Convention District sits just east of the Willamette River, on the east side of downtown. In contrast to the cramped blocks found elsewhere in the city, Portland seems to grow bigger here. The Oregon Convention Center, the largest building of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, occupies a sprawling complex just around the corner from the Rose Garden arena, home to the Portland Trail Blazers and host to some of the city’s biggest concerts. The district boasts a tax-free shopping mall, Lloyd Center, complete with an ice-skating rink and a Regal Cinemas multiplex. Conveniently located in the heart of the Lloyd District, this mystery hotel lies within walking distance of many of these attractions, as well as Portland’s light-rail system and the recently expanded streetcar.
Mornings begin with the full breakfast for two included with this Groupon. Back at the hotel, you can borrow a complimentary bicycle from the hotel's fleet to explore Portland or hit the indoor pool for some handstand practice. Comfortable guest rooms feature 32-inch flat-screen TVs and free WiFi.
Portland, Oregon: Quirky Riverfront City Known for Its City Parks
Extensive bikeways, edgy chefs, indie-rock bands, and progressive environmentalists—counterculture is almost a way of life in Portland. And it’s certainly a source of civic pride. Locals have adopted the slogan “Keep Portland Weird,” which is brandished on bumper stickers in businesses ranging from an art-house movie theater to a donut shop that used to glaze its pastries with NyQuil. The city has always been a little ahead of its time; it was originally planned with strict urban-growth boundaries that left plenty of room for parks and other green spaces. Today, in new developments, shops are built at street level with apartments above them—following a European model that complements Portland’s slightly European, laid-back atmosphere.
The downtown area is a refreshing mix of the traditional and the offbeat: high-rise buildings are interspersed with clothing boutiques and restaurants serving sustainable cuisine. Streets here are narrow and the blocks are compact to encourage walking, which visitors are wont to do to take in the parks, plazas, and fountains. You can also get around the district on a vintage trolley. A popular place to hang out is Pioneer Courthouse Square, a 40,000-square-foot public space often referred to as “Portland’s living room.” In warmer months, the square hosts free shows and festivals, as does Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Located on the west bank of the Willamette River, the waterfront park was named one of 10 Great Public Spaces in America in 2012 by the American Planning Association.
Just north of downtown, the Pearl District, formerly a warehouse area, has recently sprouted a bevy of art galleries and specialty shops housed in lofts. It’s also one of the best bets for a good night out in the city, especially if you’re looking for a solid craft beer. Portland boasts one of the largest collections of microbreweries in the country, and a good number of them can be found in this neighborhood.
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