Look past twee, hipster Portland and you’ll discover there’s another side to the city, one that’s fun and bold, a little bit silly, a little bit homey, and not concerned with how many “Top 10” lists it makes. Welcome to the Inn at Northrup Station, a friendly all-suites hotel in the hip Nob Hill neighborhood. With the look of a 1970s motel block on the outside, the inn was entirely reimagined with the help of local artists, who transformed it into a vibrant, retro-inspired getaway. Each spacious suite is outfitted with a modern granite kitchen, a marble bathroom, and maybe even a private balcony. It’s like a private pied-à-terre in one of the city’s coolest areas. Sure, the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, but breakfast is included, free happy hours are held several evenings a week, and the location puts you within a stone’s throw of some of the city’s best eateries (and yes, the staff has the inside scoop on all the local spots). Guests get free streetcar passes, making it even easier to explore Portland like a local. Because, yes, this place makes you never want to go home.
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Tucked into the leafy, well-heeled Nob Hill neighborhood, the Inn at Northrup Station is just a quick streetcar ride northwest of downtown (there’s a stop just out front), but the surrounding neighborhood is so vibrant and packed with cool restaurants, bars, and boutiques that it’s tempting just to make the area your home for a few days. Nearby NW 23rd Ave is one of the city’s best streets to wander, popping into cute boutiques, hip cafés, and trendy specialty shops like Salt and Straw, famous for its ice cream. For dining, stroll over to NW 21st Avenue, lined with acclaimed local favorites like Paley’s Place and Dick’s Kitchen. And, for some of the best baked goods in the Pacific Northwest, be sure to pay a visit to St. Honoré Boulangerie.
Need to Know
Rooms: 70 suites. From $206. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: While the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, all suites include kitchens, and a basic continental breakfast is served each morning and included in all rates. A free wine-and-appetizers hour is held on Wednesday evenings, and, on Thursday evenings, local breweries offer tastings of their beers for guests. Spa and gym details: The hotel has neither a fitness center nor a spa, but it offers discounted rates to local gyms and studios, and all rooms include a yoga mat for guests to use. The inn also has bicycles available for guests to borrow.
Who's it best for: Independent travelers looking to experience the locals’ Portland. Our favorite rooms: All rooms at the inn are studio-style suites, but the Patio King Suites also have private balconies with colorful patio furniture for alfresco dining. Good to know: If you can’t manage to snag a room with a private balcony, don’t worry. The inn’s rooftop terrace is a lush private garden hidden away from the city and outfitted with vibrant, umbrella-shaded seating, perfect for an apéritif or afternoon get-together.