Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Eastlund
Opened in June 2015 in Portland’s Eastside neighborhood, Hotel Eastlund is a 4-star hotel that blends in with its hip surroundings. Where Eastside is known for its up-and-coming microbreweries and restaurants, Hotel Eastlund boasts one of the best—the Altabira City Tavern, a rooftop bar and patio, featuring intricately crafted entrees, 16 craft beers on tap, and lovely city views. While you might end your night at Altabira, you could start your day at the ground-floor Citizen Baker, an urban bakery with innovative breakfast options.
- Where you’ll stay: Sleekly designed guest rooms feature the newest technologies, including smart HDTVs, Keurig coffeemakers, RFID room keys, and brand-new sensors for air conditioning and heating.
- The press says: USA Today’s “10Best.com featured Hotel Eastlund, praising its “world-class dining” and saying its “location can’t be beat.”
- Floor-to-ceiling windows mean the hotel is flush with natural light.
- Stay connected: The hotel boasts “lightning-fast” WiFi.
- Nearby attractions: Lloyd Center, one of Portland’s largest shopping centers, as well as the Oregon Convention Center and Moda Center, home of the Portland Trail Blazers.
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 1 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.