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.