Recently Renovated Hotel near the River and Downtown Portland
Downtown Portland is made up of narrow streets and square, compact city blocks; they’re nearly a third of the size of the typical block you’d find in Manhattan. This compact infrastructure makes it easy to walk around the downtown area, past its charming corner businesses. The recently renovated Hotel Fifty sits near the banks of the Willamette River and blocks from downtown Portland, just a two-minute walk from the Yamhill District MAX station.
The chic H5O bistro & bar is Hotel Fifty's onsite restaurant. Seasonal dishes here are made from locally sourced and organic ingredients. Sample the duck leg served with frisée and pickled onion in a sherry vinaigrette ($15) or the goat-cheese ravioli topped with Niçoise olives and toasted pine nuts in a parsley pesto ($17). The bar puts a new spin on classic cocktails, mixing cucumber sake-tinis and apricot-tarragon mojitos. Wines by the glass, local draft beers, and a selection of sakes for sipping are also available.
After a day on the town—or a long stroll through Tom McCall Waterfront Park, located across the street from the hotel—you’ll retire to a chic courtyard room. The Simmons Beautyrest Black Beverly Hills plush memory-foam bedding is a guest favorite, and all rooms feature 42-inch wall-mounted flat-screen TVs.
Downtown Portland, OR: High-Rise Buildings Next to Washington Park
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 next to the hotel.