515 SW Clay St, Portland, OR 97201, USA
Photo courtesy of Hotel Modera
Hotel ModeraWhen was the last time you stayed at a Days Inn? Stay at the Hotel Modera and it won’t have been quite as long ago as you imagine. Yep, this hip, downtown Portland boutique hotel was built in the 1960s as a classic Days Inn, but its retro architecture and geometric midcentury style are about all that remain of its vintage motel days. Now, it’s home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Pacific Northwest art (over 500 gallery-worthy pieces adorn the hotel’s walls) and one of the city’s most respected farm-to-table restaurants, helmed by renowned local chef David Machado. Its leafy interior courtyard not only attracts discerning locals to its fire pits and craft cocktails, but is home to the city’s very first living wall, populated with ferns and other local plants. And this is all to say nothing of the rooms themselves, which offer a whimsical play on midcentury decor—all with modern amenities, of course, including Italian designer toiletries and spa-quality robes. No, this definitely isn’t a Days Inn anymore.