I’m sipping an Oregon craft IPA while curled up in a cozy, buttery leather armchair—the kind that could belong to your grandfather or the trendiest millennial you know. The lobby is a harmonious riot of floral rugs, mismatched furniture, and bold contemporary art, yet somehow it all ties together. A couple hunch over a record player, making their vinyl selections, while in another corner people wait patiently for a free tarot card reading. If it were possible to distill Portland’s vibrant, edgy, vivacious, and proudly weird spirit in one room, then the lobby of The Duniway Portland in the heart of downtown would surely be it.
It’s just one of Portland’s hotels that truly reflect the vibe of the city: its laid-back cool, its spirited independence, and its commitment to sustainability. All of this is underpinned by a sense of fun, hence record players in lobby areas (and sometimes bedrooms), décor that plays subtle—and sometimes not-so-subtle—homage to unsung heroes, and onsite theaters where you can watch movies or catch some live music. From offbeat, independent hotels to opulent accommodations with a few Portland quirks thrown in, these are some of the coolest places to stay in the City of Roses.