The Hoxton, Portland
Trendy, $ (From $85)
At The Hoxton, Portland, it’s all about bringing the outside in. Located in an iconic building that dates back to 1906, the city’s newest hotel is both affordably priced and welcoming. The plant-filled lobby lounge, with its cozy velvet couches and stacks of design books, is the kind of place you could happily spend an idle weekend afternoon or set up shop for a productive workday. Designed as a sort of open house for the neighborhood, locals and guests are encouraged to hang out in various WiFi-supported common spaces. In the guest rooms, an initiative called Hox Friends connects the two through a selection of ten hand-picked books curated by small business owners, artists, and residents from the neighborhood. “Shoebox” rooms start at a mere $85 per night, making this one of the best deals in the city.
At a Glance
Vibe: A sophisticated and polished retreat in Portland’s original downtown.
Standout Detail: The Hoxton brand takes their gift shop game seriously by partnering with local companies and makers to offer one-off products and limited-edition items in their lobbies. The Portland outpost includes a Maak Lab candle with a custom Hoxton scent, hand-blown glass carafes and tumblers from Mazama, and a one-of-a-kind Olo roll-on fragrance.
This Place Is Perfect For: Budget-conscious millennials and solo travelers keen to find a stylish nest for an affordable price.
Rooms: Inspired by the Northwest modernism movement, the 119 rooms feature an earthy palette with midcentury-style furnishings (cleverly sized and positioned to maximize the small footprint), rich walnut panelling, and large floor-to-ceiling windows. Ennismore Design Studio looked to talented local businesses for special touches like artwork sourced by Upfor and ceramics by Clay Factor. Extras include a bookshelf curated by friends of the hotel, free water, WiFi, one hour of phone calls to anywhere in the world, a mini fridge that can be stocked with treats from the lobby shop, and a daily breakfast bag filled with fresh orange juice, fruit, and yogurt.
On Site: For meetings, brainstorming sessions, photo and video shoots, and private events, look no further than The Apartment, a sleek and smart multi-functional space made up of several rooms and a communal pantry stocked with bottled water, soft drinks, fruits, pastries, and a retro candy station.
Food + Drink: La Neta, a cozy ground floor space outfitted with dark timber panelling and aged green leather banquettes, dishes all-day Mexican cuisine made with fresh local ingredients. Go for the tlacoyos and hurraches, two Mexican specialities that you won’t find anywhere else in Portland. Tope, a casual rooftop taqueria with incredible views, has one of the most compelling agave lists in the city. Reached through an unmarked entrance at 2 N.W. 5th Avenue, the subterranean Basement Bar doles out expertly mixed cocktails and a small menu of shareable American-Chinese dishes.
What to Do Nearby
A central location in Old Town Chinatown makes it easy to get just about anywhere in Portland. Start with a stroll along the waterfront, where the Portland Saturday Market (one of the largest in the U.S.) sets up shop over the weekend. Make your way back towards the hotel with stops at two local institutions, Voodoo Doughnuts and Stumptown Coffee — and don't be surprised if you find yourself going back for seconds. Walk ten minutes inland to get lost in the stacks at Powell’s Books, the largest used and new bookstore in the world. If you are up for even more walking, 45 minutes further west will have you at Portland Japanese Garden, a 12-acre oasis that was once described as the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside Japan.