Sure, the Hotel Vintage is vintage (it was built in 1894 as the Hotel Imperial, one of Portland’s most iconic grande dames, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places), but its name is dedicated to another kind of vintage: the many renowned wines of the surrounding Willamette Valley. When the hotel reopened in 2015 after an extensive renovation, it announced partnerships with 117 local wineries (one for each guestroom), each of which sends a representative at least once a quarter to pour at the guest-only wine hour held each evening. Original artwork made from recycled corks can be found in each room, while the trendy lobby bar (named for Bacchus, the god of wine) and local landmark of a restaurant offer an impressive list of some of the best local and Italian wines.
Even those who don’t share the hotel’s passion for vino will find plenty to love, from the famously superlative Kimpton service to the custom Public bicycles to borrow and private outdoor hot tubs. And, of course, don’t forget the game room, an extension of the lobby bar, where in-the-know locals and guests mingle over retro video game consoles (Atari, anyone?), shuffleboard, and pool. We’ll raise a glass to that.
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Straddling the borders of the trendy West End, the Pearl District, and Chinatown, at the northern edge of Portland’s lively downtown, the Hotel Vintage puts guests within a stone’s throw of many of the city’s coolest spots. Pioneer Courthouse Square, at the heart of the city, is just a few blocks south, and the achingly hip Ace Hotel—with its trendy farm-to-table restaurant and subterranean jazz bar—can be found just a few blocks west. The area is filled with local landmarks like Voodoo Doughnuts, Powell’s Books, and the Alder food truck pod, as well as popular bars and restaurants like Clyde Common, Kenny & Zuke’s, and Oregon Wines on Broadway. Those in town on a Saturday should take a stroll toward the water to visit the Portland Saturday Market, a regular local arts and crafts showplace.
Need to Know
Rooms: 117 rooms, 31 suites. From $175. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: One of Portland’s most iconic and respected Italian restaurants, Pazzo Ristorante has been a staple of the downtown dining scene since the ’90s—and it’s as popular as ever. In addition to its locally sourced cuisine (served three meals a day), the restaurant is known for its impressive wine list, which boasts an extensive collection of West Coast wines, in addition to international vintages. In the lobby, the trendy, new Bacchus Bar attracts oenophiles and cocktail connoisseurs alike to its Willamette Valley wines, local beers, craft cocktails, light bites, and lively atmosphere. Spa and gym details: In addition to the fully equipped fitness center, open 24 hours a day, the hotel offers in-room spa treatments, in-room yoga mats, and custom Public bicycles for guests to borrow.
Who's it best for: Oenophiles, design aficionados, and trendy young couples. Our favorite rooms: The top-floor Sky Loft Rooms may have slanted solarium-style windows, but the ninth-floor Garden Spa Rooms each have a private balcony overlooking the city—with a private outdoor hot tub. Just for fun: Keep an eye out for the retro computer consoles in the hallways. They’re equipped with the original Oregon Trail computer game, for guests to play.