Hotel across from the Oregon Convention Center, within walking distance of city trains and close to downtown Portland
Hotel at a Glance: Inn at the Convention Center
Directly across from the Oregon Convention Center, the Inn at the Convention Center is just a mile east of downtown Portland, right across the Willamette River. There’s plenty to do around the hotel, too: the Lan Su Chinese Garden, for instance, is a mile away.
- Free WiFi lets guests stay connected.
- Getting around town: Light-rail and streetcar stations are a block away.
- Shopping spree: Lloyd Center—a mall with more than 135 stores and an indoor ice rink—is 10 minutes away on foot or 5 minutes by car.
- Where to eat: Several restaurants and cafés are within walking distance.
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.