Portland Pearl District hotels largely overlap with downtown hotels as these areas are extremely close together. Those who are interested in Pearl District accommodations will find a number of excellent downtown hotels that are within walking distance of this trendy part of Portland. If one of the nearby hotels does not suit your needs, you might look for a vacation rental. A cozy condo can be a good alternative to a hotel room if you're interested in a home-away-from-home experience in the Pearl District.
One of the best Pearl District hotels, or hotels that is at least close to the Pearl District, is the Benson Hotel. This landmark lodging establishment offers plenty of historical charm, not to mention 287 well-equipped guest units and some very enticing facilities. Among the facilities are two of the best restaurants in the city, as well as ample meeting and event space. It's just a block to W. Burnside Street from the Benson Hotel, and since this street forms the border between the Downtown District and the Pearl District, the Benson straddles the categories of downtown hotels and Pearl District accommodations.
As is true of the Benson Hotel, the Mark Spencer Hotel offers Old World charm and well-equipped guest units and serves as one of the best Pearl District hotels. While not as luxurious as the Benson, the Mark Spencer offers more than enough amenities, and if you like to cook or want to save money on food costs, the fully equipped kitchens that come standard in every guest unit will be particularly enticing. Affordable rates also help to make the Mark Spencer Hotel one of the top-rated Portland Pearl District hotels, and should you be renting a car or bringing your own, it's worth noting that the parking rates are among the lowest around. Arrive in a hybrid vehicle, and you'll get to park for free. A complimentary continental breakfast and free wireless Internet access are just some of the other money-saving perks that the Mark Spencer Hotel is known for.
For travelers who enjoy upscale boutique hotels, the Hotel Lucia just might be the frontrunner when it comes to the Portland Pearl District hotels. Contemporary chic sums up the decor at the Hotel Lucia, and you won't want for amenities during a stay. Each room and suite features a flat-screen TV, a docking station for iPod MP3 players, luxurious bedding, and a "get it now" button on the phone that can be used to make service requests. These are just some of the in-room amenity highlights. Outside of the tantalizing guest units, a Thai restaurant and a cool bar serves up both drinks and food. Ample meeting and event space also figure among the facilities, and the onsite catering service is just one more plus.
The Pearl District is known for its hip and upscale vibe, as are the best Pearl District hotels. Hip is definitely a word that sums up the Ace Hotel (pictured), and while some of the 79 guests units are relatively expensive, others are quite affordable. The cheapest rooms share a bathroom, while the more exclusive ones have some welcoming added perks, such as clawfoot tubs in the private bathrooms and record players. Part boutique hotel, part bohemian hangout, the Ace Hotel can make an excellent base regardless of what you have in mind for your Portland vacation. It's certainly among the most attractive Portland Pearl District accommodations, which has a lot to do with the fact that it is just a block away from the neighborhood's W. Burnside Street border. Heading north from the hotel, the first block that you will come to in the Pearl District is where you'll find the renowned Powell's Books.
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