Portland, Oregon, is a city that needs little introduction. As one of the most buzzed about destinations in the country, it’s home to a thrillingly diverse culinary landscape. Whether you’re craving a casual snack (Korean food fanatics should beeline to the Kim Jong Grillin’ food truck) or a sit-down affair (Cathy Whims’ Nostrana is a must for rustic, wood-fired Italian cuisine), there’s something for every appetite. In addition, Portland’s urban landscape seamlessly blends with its natural surroundings. So whether you’re seeking a little zen by a waterfall or a rigorous hike, it’s all a breeze to get to. Then there’s the refreshingly chill, laid-back vibes the Pacific Northwest is famed for.
And now, there’s another good reason to visit and hunker down in The City of Roses. Though open only a few months, the Porter Portland has been hosting discriminating business and leisure travelers seeking the best of all worlds.
Background in Brief
Opened in April of this year, the Porter is a new build hotel located in downtown Portland, and is conveniently located nearby the Willamette River, the Keller Auditorium, and countless restaurants and bars. As a member of Curio Collection by Hilton, a group of upscale properties renown for highly localized, curated experiences, it seamlessly caters to guests of all types, from those in town for work to those seeking to enjoy the city’s unique offerings. The service, from the doormen to housekeeping, is seamless, friendly, yet unobtrusive.
There’s 297 rooms and suites, ranging from a Standard Double to a Presidential Suite. No matter which category you book, you’ll be rewarded with accommodations designed squarely with comfort in mind. Forgoing an overly trendy or flashy aesthetic, the Porter surrounds guests with a neutral palette of brown, beige, and white, accented with artwork that thoughtfully nods to its location. The oversized custom headboards (reminiscent of backgammon boards) are fashioned from Calico walnut and leather, and the Waldorf Astoria beds provide both support and comfort. Even the towels, robes, and slippers are plush, thanks to Frette, and toiletries take a hip turn with Imperial Barber Products.
Perhaps the biggest perk to staying at the Porter Hotel is that you won’t have to venture far for good food and drink. On the rooftop of the hotel, you’ll find xport bar & lounge, a swanky sky-high escape from city marrying breathtaking views with globe-trotting bites like beet hummus, crab meat tater tots, and shredded beef arepas. On the ground floor, adjacent to the lobby, is where you’ll find Terrane Italian Kitchen + Bar and The Portland Exchange Grocer & Goods. Terrane is the hotel’s signature all-day restaurant, serving up soulful renditions of Italian classics, from fluffy frittatas to hearty, house made pastas. (The papardelle with with meaty ragu is especially solid, and the happy hour is unbeatable.) And I wish more hotels offered a concept like The Portland Exchange Grocer & Goods. It’s a casual, cheery spot that whips up quality coffees, pastries, and sandwiches, and doubles up as a food retailer selling hip, local brands such as Jacobsen Salt, Hotmaple Sauce, and Oregon Olive Mill Olive Oil. And because everyone loves pizza, there’s Chiosco, a takeout window specializing in crispy, Roman-style slices.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a hotel fitness center more slick or tricked out in Portland than the one here. Beyond the usual treadmills and stationery bikes, you’ll discover other state-of-the-art equipment, an indoor pool kitted out with a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, and meditation patio.
The Porter Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton
1355 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97201