When you visit a too-cool-for-school city like Portland—you know, full of hipster artists and musicians who spend their days sipping artisan espresso, brewing craft beer, and going for long bike rides through postcard-worthy terrain—the important thing is to find out where all the cool kids are hanging out. Well, stay at the Jupiter Hotel, and you’ll find you’re already there. In 1994, two local creatives took over a classic 1960s motor lodge in the East Burnside neighborhood (that is, just across the river from downtown) and transformed it into a hipster-chic boutique hotel and one of the city’s hottest nightlife venues, with a local brews- and spirits-focused bar and an intimate concert venue with live shows seven nights a week. Rooms are decorated with original murals by local artists, and the lobby doubles as a (very popular) art gallery. Thanks to the old motel layout, all rooms are oriented around two courtyards, and guests often leave their doors open for ventilation. Which is just to say that it should come as no surprise that, not only is the scene at Jupiter a lively one, but parties are welcome, and the atmosphere is festive until the wee hours of the morning. In other words: yes, this is where all the cool kids are.
By Kate Thorman, AFAR Contributor
800 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214, USA