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Portland's fashion forward hotel, The Nines, has created an exclusive “Tailor Made for Him” package for the sophisticated, stylish gentleman.
A “shirt, shot, and a shave” are included in this special package along with a stay in one of the tony rooms decorated in shades of Robin's Egg blue. Upon arrival, our man will receive a “whiskey amenity” and can then book a VIP personal fitting with Michael Allen's Clothier, Portland's high-end men's apparel shop. The resulting custom-made in the USA shirt will be delivered home in approx. four weeks after fitting. He'll also be presented with a classic Merkur razor complete with shaving accessories from the Art of Shaving. Plus, if he's rented a flash ride, he'll receive complimentary parking.
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We came across this adorable email exchange a recent guest had with Hotel Monaco Portland in the weeks leading up to their stay, and thought we'd pass it along. Though Kimpton had us scratching our heads during the whole Elmo/NASA thing this summer, it turns out they actually have a pretty good sense of humor.
In the exchange, Kimpton asks an incoming guest if he would require any special services or amenities arranged prior to their arrival. The guest then jokingly invents two "absurd and outrageous" requests (a bed full of puppies, a bathtub full of Reese's Pieces), and suggests the hotel pretends he is in town to celebrate a "quintuple homicide acquittal."
The whole exchange was light-hearted and fleeting enough for the guest to have forgotten all about it by the time he checked into the hotel. So when he walked into his room, it was to his surprise that he found free Reese's Pieces, a handwritten note (congratulating him on his homicide acquittal) with a picture of a kitten, and a $10 minibar voucher. Not quite a bathtub full of candy, but way to go Kimpton!
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
The other month when we toured The Nines Hotel in Portland we took a ride up to their rooftop which houses the hotel's Departure restaurant and bar. We shot this pic of Pioneer Square and The Bricks (where people sit, eat, jam, veg, etc) from one of the outdoor decks. While views of the city from the guestrooms start at around $300 a night, anyone can head up to Departure for this killer view.
Below we have a bonus shot from the ground looking up at Departure!
Over on Jaunted, you can get our inside looks at some of the world’s best airline lounges, so we thought we’d do something similar here and start talking about some of the hotel lounges we’ve frequented lately for our new series on Hotel Club Lounges. Today, we check out the lounge inside the fashionable Nines Hotel in Portland, Ore.
The Nines Hotel has some of the prettiest hotel rooms we've ever seen. (You can check them out here.) Which is why we expected a little more flair inside their Club Lounge on the 12th floor. But alas, we'll have to make do with some plaid pillows.
All guests who book club level accommodations will get a guest room on the 12th floor as well as a daily light breakfast, mid-day snacks, hors d'oeuvres, chocolates and "cordials" and an all-day open bar. You also have a dedicated concierge at your disposal.
Have you ever seen such a stunning hotel? Okay okaywe've seen better, but can you deny that the evening lighting on a modernist building such as Portland, Oregon's Hotel Fifty really brings out the magic of the architecture?
The updated propertywhich boasts amenities like Free WiFi and Simmons Beautyrest mattresses (oh, fancy), is not in the Pearl District as you'd first think, but instead right down along the Willamette River and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Now here's why we're bringing it up now: if you're planning on watching or running the Portland Marathon on October 9 or heading to the Portland Pirate Festival which falls just after the marathon, you've got to scout hotels like now.
Sadly they're already all booked up the night of the 8th (but keep calling). Want to crash for the night of the 9th, though? Rates are very manageable starting from $139 per night.
Last week we gave you a little video tour of the prettiest girl in Portlandia, The Nines Hotel. But there's so much more to the room than what you saw on a few minutes of video and we've got all the eye candy for you to look at right here from the sumptuous beds to the jewel tone furniture, the Bee Kind toiletries, original artwork, local munchies in the snack bar and the cleverly hidden plug panels.
Again, this is a deluxe queen corner room on the 9th floor with views overlooking Pioneer Square. Superior rooms have the awesome atrium views while king rooms are slightly smaller.
Rates are totally doable too starting around $200 a night. But what really make The Nines a perfect 10 is the free WiFi. Sigh. We wish all hotels could be so nice.
Nearly three years after opening the Nines Hotel in Portland still looks fabulous. And considering that the hotel is housed in the former Meier and Frank department store, that's not really a surprise.
But what was surprising was just how many fascinating things there are all over the hotel. We got an in-depth tour earlier this week and could hardly stop clicking our camera. There's soo much to see here as evidenced by the hotel's awesome atrium action. But for today, we'll start off with a video tour of a deluxe queen corner room on the 9th floor with views overlooking Pioneer Square.
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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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Ok so we knew Portland, Oregon has a reputation of being uber-hip and all, but nakedness in the lobby is something we definitely didn’t expect to encounter – especially as we were staying in swanky Luxury Collection property, The Nines.
But as we came out of the elevator at the eighth floor to make our way to the check in desk, we were confronted by shop mannequins without any clothes on. Whew!
There were three of them round one side of the check in desk, and another one in a flasher’s pose on the way into the atrium and the restaurant Urban Farmer.
Sadly, they were all ladies. Even sadder, the theme did not continue into our bedroom. Although that’s probably for the best – we can only imagine what people might do with them if they did.
Modern art, eh?
Local and organic coffee in Portland, Oregon now has nothing on the whiskey scene at The Nines Hotel ever since they began making their own moonshine. This is the second bottling for the hotel's Urban Farmer restaurants, and they're expecting a third batch (aged over 23 months) in August.
So what's it taste like? Well, The Nines describes it thus:
Released from its New American Oak barrel in late May 2010, Barrel #2 of Urban Farmer Whiskey has been aged 18 months and comes in at 98.9 proof. It is perfect for sipping, with dark brown sugar evolving into caramel and licorice with hints of lime and cinnamon on the palette.
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According to our "sources", Justin stayed in a Queen suite on the 10th floor but he wasn't the only diva in the building. Staying right next door to him was another musician--Peter Frampton! Now, we're thinking that an "Baby I Love Your Way" duet would kind of have been amazing.
Ok, so this being a Kimpton and all, we know that Justin took advantage of the free WiFi to keep up with his Twitter followers (so long as he joined the InTouch program) but did he request a goldfish companion? "One less lonely girl...."* *(Come, on give us a break--it's Friday and we're trying to make this exciting for you.)
There are a lot of things we like about Kimpton Hotels, such as the "Forgot It? We Got It?" toiletry-supply service. We also love that the chain is so pet-friendly that The Muse Hotel in New York once hosted a sloth. We'll settle for taking our dog, but even when we can't, Kimpton covers that too. Just like when you forget your toothpaste.
Eight Kimpton properties have "Directors of Pet Relations" on the premises—dogs who essentially hang out in the lobby looking cute and rubbing up against guests in search of treats. The lineup includes a Bulldog, Bichon Frise, and pocket-pup Pomeranian. You can see their adorable mugs here.
This month, a new member joins the pack: yellow Labrador retriever Timmy will join the staff of the Hotel Monaco Portland with a red-carpet debut on Thursday, October 22. Local celebrities on two and four legs will be on hand to welcome Timmy to the hotel, with funds from the party going to Guide Dogs for the Blind.