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So what’s the first thing you think of when you look at a couple of old buildings, like the two in the photo above, that are in need of big time TLC? Naturally, what a cool hotel this could be comes to mind. OK, we’re biased but so are Portland based NBP Capital and Provenance Hotels, who plan to do just that. No word yet on an opening date.
According to Oregonlive, the interiors of the hotel will substantially be of new design, with restoration work focused on the outside walls, which thankfully are still rich in authentic detailing. The original hotel lobby will also be restored though it will not serve as the new lobby. No brainer here, this could be a hip lounge or restaurant space. The present plans are for two leased restaurants and 150 guest rooms.
There are rides, and then there are Rides. This is definitely a Ride.
The vintage cars come complete with chauffeur, and will ferry you in and out of town for free on weekend nights. You don’t have to reserve a slot, though it’s recommended – we didn’t, and had to wait an hour or so until there was space.
It’s time for Guess the Hotel revealed! Yesterday we introduced you to the creepy lobby display of the West Coast hipster hotel that had been inexplicably abandoned for 43 years before being opened up by the current owners in 2007.
This is the Commodore Hotel in Astoria, Oregon.
The Commodore was built in 1924 as a 24-room hotel for travelers on the Portland train and the ferry to Washington. Then in 1964 it mysteriously closed from one day to the next. As in, closed the doors but left furniture, belongings, everything inside, right down to magazines and cigarette stubs by the beds. Nobody knows why, though they think it might be to do with the arrival of the Astoria-Megler Bridge.
In 2007, the current owners bought it, opened it up, and commenced renovation, while saving much of what was found in the rooms for the spooky lobby display. It opened as the Commodore in 2009.
These days, there are 18 rooms: suites and cabins. Cabins are small rooms with a washbasin inside and shared bathroom facilities down the end of the corridor. Not scary shared bathroom facilities though – there are separate toilets for men and women (huzzah!), each toilet and each shower is in its own closed room rather than public cubicles, and when we toured the hotel they were spotlessly clean. There are two showers and two toilets per floor, shared by six cabins. Could be better (could be ensuite), but not an alarming ratio.
The world is officially in "Countdown to Christmas" mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we'll be featuring a hotel that's in a holiday mood--whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves "festive." Which is why we're looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that's super excited for Christmas? Let us know!
As everybody must know, Kimpton Hotels' host a much-loved Wine Hour every evening from 5 - 6 p.m., and if the Hotel Vintage Plaza in Portland's wine hour is as popular as those we've experienced, they must have a few (hundred) empty bottles knocking around. In the spirit of recycling and of Christmas, the hotel has put those empties to good use and decorated their tree with them -- and it looks so much classier than the wine bottle "decor" of our college days.
The hotel still has rooms open next week over Christmas from December 24-26 for about $128 a night. Plus, you know, free recycling services.
Photo: Facebook/Kimpton InTouch
Here's the latest happening in the luxury hotel world as told by Just Luxe's own Lena Katz. Got a question about luxury hotels, the travel biz, and where to stay? Send it in and we'll have Lena answer it.
We’re huge fans of the IFC sketch comedy show "Portlandia", for so many reasons: It taught us interpretive canoe dancing is totally a real thing and reminds us that the dream of the 90s is alive!! (btw, that’s the theme song’s catchphrase.)
Downtown Portland's Hotel deLuxe, which was featured in the recent episode “Squiggleman,” just announced a "Pilgrimage to Portlandia" package that incorporates goodies seen in past episodes. The Art Deco hotel is a 130-room artsy urban haven from the Provenance Hotels group.
Here are some perks you'll receive with their themed package:
We always love a good pinot. We also love a stellar locale and a stunning property. And if we really could have everything we'd wish for a fabulous restaurant and an award-winning spa too. So guess what? After a lot of soaking, tasting and sipping we found it--the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Oregon.
Located in Oregon's wine country everything at the inn is all about wine. You can spend an entire day here, sipping, soaking in and tasting everything vino.
The level of sophistication of all of the various offerings here might seem rather incongruous in this laid back area of the Willamette Valley but it is all Northwest elegance down to the collection of local artwork, design, spa treatments, food and level of service.
Everywhere you look from the room design to the restaurant décor to the welcome goodies in your room, you see the owner's hand and the elegant touch of Managing Director Pierre Zreik, himself a five-star hotel veteran.
The Timberline Lodge on Dedication Day in 1937.
The iconic Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, Oregon turns 75 this year with a big party and you're invited. But first, a little history on how this historic hotel came to be.
The hard life during the Great Depression offered few jobs, no money, and little hope. So in 1933, the federal government created the Works Progress Administration (WPA) providing jobs for hundreds of thousands of Americans. On the Timberline project unskilled labor toiled alongside iron workers, stone masons, draftsmen, carpenters, loggers, road builders, designers and artisans to create an esthetically pleasing lodge that exceeded the make -work of many WPA projects.
Dedicated in 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the lodge was built with pride to be treasured by generations to come.
Get ready for the summertime airline routes! This is the best time of the yearnew destinations are on sale and airplanes are getting ready to head either south to the sun or north to the cooler temps. In Virgin America's case, it's north to the Pacific Northwest. Portland will begin receiving the SF hipsters from the first week of June, and we've got some suggestions on where to stay...
· The Ace Hotel. Duh. This is a no-brainer. The Ace is somewhere you can score a room for as low as $95/night, eat a $10 grilled cheese lunch, work in a communal mezzanine loft space and still walk with a swagger. Its location is ideal for walking outside and running smack-dab into the young, underground culture for which Portland is famous (and Powell's Books is like, 3 minutes away on foot). For everything you can't reach on foot, The Ace will happily rent you a hipster bike. To see just what the cheapest room at The Ace looks like, check out our gallery here. Rates from $95 per night.
Ready to take your next West Coast road trip to the next level? Check out this $0.99 iPhone/iPad app by GuideGecko, which organizes over 200 hotels—by state—along the 1,250 mile journey from San Diego to Seattle. And for all you jet-setting winos, there is even a special category built for California Wine Country.
While travel guidebooks can certainly be helpful in providing local info, listings, and some photos, no 500-page Lonely Planet can ever become as fully integrated (or as lightweight) as an app like this. Want to call and check availability? You're already on your phone. Want to book online? Tap away. Got lost along the way? All of the maps can be accessed offline.
Watch out for those booty traps.
It's already well-established that Goonies is the best rainy day movie ever and anyone who was a kid in the 80s can probably recite the movie line-for line at any given time. (Our favorite? "Up there is their time but down here, it's our time.") So how can we not love this new contest which is combining two of our favorite things--Goonies and hotel rooms.
The Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria, Ore., where Goonies was filmed, is offering Goonies fans the chance to win a two-night stay at the hotel, along with dinner for you and Troy, er, your friend/lover/spouse at the Bridgewater Bistro, drinks and dessert at the Astoria Coffee house and a travel voucher for either airfare or gas (depending on where the winner lives.)
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If you've never heard of them before, Provenance Hotels is a small boutique chain based out of Portland, Ore., with just five hotels in Oregon, Washington, and Tennessee (not to mention a new location in San Francisco at the Hotel Frank).
Located blocks from each other in Portland's steadily growing downtown area, both hotels are housed in converted buildings from the 1900s, and both offer clean, artsy rooms with incredible service. In fact, if it weren't for the added glitziness and brighter colors of the deLuxe, we might have had a hard time telling them apart.
Read below to get the full scoop, and find out what tipped the scales!
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There’s nowt like getting discounts on your shopping, and nowt like going with the flow in a place like Portland and getting all chippy against The Man, so the new holiday shopping package that the Ace Portland has just launched is getting us even more excited than the moment on our first trip there that we were told there was no sales tax in Oregon.
The Stick It To The Man package goes one stage further and offers you 10 percent off a standard room, 10 percent off things you buy at the Ace (including yummy Malin + Goetz smellies) and 10 percent off purchases from a selection of local retailers.
The discount is good for 35 independent shops in Portland including Billygoat Vintage, Muse Art and Design and Camellia Pure Beauty. And if you don’t know what these are, fear not, because they’ll also slip you a copy of eat.shop Portland to navigate your way around the beacons of hipsterdom.