Portland isn’t exactly the kind of city that’s known for being “fancy.” Which made it a bold move for the Starwood Luxury Collection to add a sleek 15th floor on top of the iconic Meier & Frank department store building in downtown Portland—and turn the top nine floors into the swankiest hotel in town (see that play on words with the name now?). Because who would have thought that Louis XVI chairs, tufted white leather and teal velvet, crystal chandeliers, and ornate wallpaper would be seen in the city famous for plaid, beards, and twee bird patterns? But, in true Field of Dreams fashion, they built it and the travelers came out of the woodwork, hungry for a luxury hotel that embodies the Rose City, from its environmentally conscious practices and farm-to-table restaurants to its extensive art collection and rooftop honey bee colony. And that’s to say nothing of the private club-like Library, a collaboration with Portland icon Powell’s Books, the world’s largest bookstore, that allows hotel guests to borrow from a curated collection of 3,000 books during their stay. As it turns out, it’s not all that hard to dress Portland to the nines.
By Kate Thorman, AFAR Contributor
525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204, USA