Downtown Portland hotels provide travelers with ideal bases in the heart of the city and range from cheaper options up to 5 star hotels in Downtown Portland. The bulk of the Downtown Portland lodging establishments are just a short walk from Pioneer Courthouse Square, and this means that they are close to a bunch of great shops and restaurants. Other fine downtown attractions, such as the Portland Art Museum, only help to make a downtown stay worth considering, and when it comes time to venture outside of the downtown realms, getting in and out of the city is relatively easy. The best Downtown Portland hotels feature competent concierges that can help you find your way around the area, not to mention find fun things to do during your stay.
There aren't a lot of 5 star hotels in Downtown Portland. In fact, the Nines Hotel is really the only one that you will have to choose from. That being said, upscale 4 star hotels such as the Hotel Monaco offer plenty in the way of luxury for those who are interested in elevated levels of service and comfort. In addition to the Nines Hotel and the Hotel Monaco, those who are seeking upscale Downtown Portland lodging might also consider the Heathman Hotel or the Westin Portland. All of these hotels offer plenty of style, with the bulk of them carrying the boutique hotel tag.
Most of the Downtown Portland hotels are of considerable quality, so you won't have trouble finding comfortable accommodations. Take the Downtown hotels that are closest to the hip Pearl District, for example. These hotels, which include the lovely Benson Hotel and the terribly trendy Ace Hotel, essentially fall into the category of Pearl District hotels, as there aren't any hotels in the Pearl District proper. The Pearl District begins where the northern part of the downtown area ends. Thanks to its upscale residences, is fine shops, its inviting art galleries, and its tempting restaurants, the Pearl District is very popular place to hang out while in town.
While the Willamette River forms the eastern boundary of Downtown Portland, there aren't a lot of downtown waterfront hotels to choose from. In fact, there is only one. The RiverPlace Hotel is one of the best boutique hotels in town, thanks largely to its riverfront location. You might be interested to know that the RiverPlace Hotel borders Tom McCall Waterfront Park. As such, it might just be the most ideal place to stay if you are in town for the Waterfront Blues Festival or one of the other top-rated events that are held at the park.
Unless you are set on finding 5 star hotels in Downtown Portland, the Hotel Vintage Plaza (pictured), the Hotel deLuxe, and the Hotel Fifty are three more downtown hotels that deserve some consideration. These hotels are on the more affordable side, but they certainly don't lack amenities. Near the Pearl District, the Mark Spencer also offers some very attractive rates, and while the rooms aren't as luxurious as some of the rooms at the more upscale Downtown Portland lodging establishments, you'll have a fully-equipped kitchen at your disposal. If you can't get a room at the Mark Spencer Hotel and you desire kitchen facilities, the well-priced Embassy Suites Hotel has suites with microwaves and refrigerators.