Portland, Oregon is weird. If you don’t know that, you’ve been living under a rock for a long time. It’s known for its weirdness. It takes pride in its weirdness. It even has bumper stickers imploring Portland to stay weird.
So, if you have guests in town—or even if you’re looking for a nice staycation, why not stay in one of the weird hotels around Portland? There are plenty—probably several blog pages worth but, for the purposes of this blog, we are going to focus on three of the weirdest and most unusual lodgings available in this fair city.
The first one is The Mcmenamins Crystal Hotel. In all honesty, this blog could be made up completely of McMenamins hotels. Weird is the name of their game, what with their penchant for refurbishing, rebranding, and refabricating old buildings for their own purposes. The Crystal Hotel pushes up against the edge of the Pearl District and sits across from the Crystal Ballroom, which is weird in an of itself. It’s a triangle shaped building in downtown Portland, Oregon complete with a salt water soaking pool, pet friendly rooms, and a hotel bar with frequent live music, you will surely get the Portland vibe staying here for a night on two.
But, for something really different, check out Caravan.
Tiny houses are all the rage, what with their penchant for efficiency and forced Marie Kondo-ness. So, it only makes sense that there would be a hotel in Portland that would pop up using this aesthetic. Enter: Caravan. The Tiny House Hotel, in the heart of the Alberta Arts District. In this one-of-a-kind hotel, explorers can experience what it’s like to stay in a custom-made, local built, charming tiny house. Each tiny house features imaginative elements, space-efficient furnishings, flush toilets, hot showers, electric heat, a sitting area, a kitchen, a plethora of locally made art and sustainable, Fair Trade products. Very Portland indeed.
But, if that’s too cozy for you or your guests, maybe Ace Hotel is more your speed.
Ace Hotel is centrally located and based in a historic building in downtown Portland. The open rooms are affectionately ornamented by local artists and come complete with free WiFi, minibars, flat-screen TVs and you can enjoy home-cooked locally sourced food and drink in the Clyde Common restaurant and bar. The Ace Hotel is an artistic and unique experience that is sure to make you feel like you’re experiencing Portland to the fullest.
Check out these hotels for a rousing, Portland experience for you and your guests. These hotels are on of the best things about Portland.