Chic, Four-Star Hotel Just South of Downtown Portland
True to its name, River’s Edge Hotel & Spa is located along a quiet bend of the Willamette River, the waterway that bisects downtown Portland just a few miles north. The chic hotel is just minutes from Portland’s main attractions, and it’s surrounded by trees on a secluded patch of property, tucked away from the bustle of the city.
Downstairs, at Aquariva restaurant, chefs use artisan ingredients cultivated from local Oregon farms, ranches, and streams. As you dine on dishes such as grilled rib-eye steak and pan-seared local trout, you can enjoy views of the Willamette River through floor-to-ceiling windows. If the weather’s nice, you can dine on the outdoor terrace.
There are 99 guest rooms at the hotel, many of which have attached balconies or terraces that overlook the river. In the morning, there’s a complimentary continental breakfast spread of baked goods, fresh fruit, cereal, coffee, and juice in the elevator lobby area of each floor.
Portland, Oregon: High-Rise Buildings and City Parks on the Riverfront
Portland’s downtown area is a refreshing mix of the traditional and the offbeat: high-rise buildings are interspersed with craft breweries and restaurants serving sustainable cuisine. 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 Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Located on the west bank of the Willamette River, the waterfront park was named one of the Top 10 Public Spaces in America in 2012 by the American Planning Association.