Photo courtesy of Jupiter Hotel
When you visit a too-cool-for-school city like Portland—you know, one 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 determine where everyone hangs 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
Hipster Digs: The Jupiter Hotel
The Jupiter Hotel is a modern, retro-cool value hotel located a few short blocks from the Burnside Bridge (make sure you get that snapshot of the Portland, Oregon sign on the way). There are a lot of cool places within four blocks of the hotel. The Doug Fir is the hotel's resident bar, featuring live shows, a kickin' patio, and a restaurant (breakfast isn't included with your room at the Jupiter but the prices for your basic bacon and eggs are very reasonable). There's also a large outdoor area. Because you are staying right beside a bar, I highly recommend getting a room on the "chill" side of the hotel if you want a good night's sleep. Need Fido to come along for the stay? It's an extra $35 per night. You're also in the center of action with a number of vintage stores, coffee shops, and amazing restaurants (including the James Beard Award–winning Le Pigeon and happy hour hot spot Biwa) around the corner or across the street.
By Natalie Taylor, AFAR Local Expert
Finally Slept with Marilyn
From my room at the groovy Jupiter Hotel, on Portland's eastside. Her neck outlet was bigger than I'd imagined.
By Chris Colin, AFAR Contributor
Doug Fir at the Jupiter Hotel
It’s hard to miss this bar when you pull in to Portland’s Jupiter Hotel, a retro motel in the East Burnside neighborhood, because it looks like a giant cabin on the outside. Inside, you’ll find cozy, mid-century design and a Local’s Only cocktail list built around Oregon-made liquors.
By Andrew Richdale, AFAR Contributor
800 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214, USA