Downtown Portland hotel across from the Willamette River, with city or river views from guest rooms and a restaurant serving comfort food
Hotel at a Glance: Staypineapple, Hotel Rose, Downtown Portland
Staypineapple, Hotel Rose, Downtown Portland lies in pedestrian-friendly downtown Portland, within walking distance of iconic spots like Voodoo Doughnut and Powell’s City of Books. The hotel also loans out bikes perfect for cruising along the Waterfront Park Trail just across the street. A light-rail station around the corner from the hotel helps visitors explore other Portland neighborhoods.
- The best views: Waterfront queen rooms face Tom McCall Waterfront Park and the Willamette River.
- Upscale comfort food at Bottle + Kitchen includes pan-seared local salmon with pineapple rice.
- Craft cocktails: The Rose Drop puts a twist on the lemon drop with rose syrup and Oregon vodka.
- Tasty treats: afternoon cupcakes and coffee in the lobby
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 and in businesses all over the town. 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. 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, which was named 1 of 10 Great Public Spaces in America in 2012 by the American Planning Association.