If Portland doesn’t conjure up images of silver-screen glamour, well, think again. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 100-year-old former Mallory Hotel has been reimagined as an homage to Old Hollywood, complete with floors themed to different classic film auteurs (Hitchcock and Fellini, to name a few) and an ornate dining room whose refined, Old World atmosphere seems lifted straight out of another era. And that’s to say nothing of the noirish hotel bar, the Driftwood Room, its craft cocktails and leather banquettes virtually unchanged since the ’50s, hinting at an era of fedoras and femme fatales. Even the hotel’s new name evokes the golden age of cinema: Deluxe was the color lab that brought color to the movies.
Of course, the Hotel deLuxe isn’t all about Hollywood; it’s also all about Portland. The rooftop is home to its own colony of honeybees, and their honey is used in everything from breakfasts to cocktails. On Wednesday evenings, the lobby holds tastings of local beers, wines, ciders, and spirits, often with the artisans themselves on hand to answer questions. In keeping with the city’s low-key spirit, pets are not just welcome, but catered to. This is Old World luxury, Portland style.
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Just on the other side of the 405 highway from the heart of Portland’s downtown, the Hotel deLuxe is tucked into a rather quiet neighborhood with easy access to the sights, sounds, restaurants, bars, and shopping of the trendy West End and bustling downtown. The Portland Timbers, the city’s popular Major League Soccer team, play just a few blocks away at Providence Park, and game days are quite the event, turning the neighborhood into a veritable block party. The nearby MAX (the city’s light rail system) station makes the city’s outer reaches—like the International Rose Test Garden—easily accessible, while the Portland Art Museum and hip restaurants like Tasty n Alder and Lardo West are a pleasant walk away.
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Rooms: 130 rooms, 35 suites. From $159. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: With its gilded soaring ceilings and marble-topped tables, the elegant Gracie’s Restaurant feels like the sort of spot Bogie and Bacall would have lunched—or dined, or breakfasted. The decadent brunch, too, is one of the last bastions of Old World society in a city better known for fleeces and hiking boots. The glamorous Driftwood Room is a cocktail lounge that seems straight out of the 1950s, with its sinuous leather bar, tufted banquettes, and sultry lighting. Spa and gym details: No spa, but the hotel does have a 24-hour fitness center.
Who's it best for: Wannabe vintage movie stars and dog lovers. Our favorite rooms: With floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious living area, and, for many, corner placement, the King Studio Suites are among the brightest and most elegant rooms at the hotel. For cinephiles: A couple times a month, the hotel hosts screenings of old movies in its sumptuous Screening Room, complete with vintage movie trailers before the show and signature cocktails and happy hour prices. Just be sure to reserve a spot in advance, as they tend to fill up.