This article was published on December 6th, 2015
Portland, like Austin, likes to keep things weird and original. When it comes to accommodation, there are plenty of choices to choose from in the Pacific Northwest city. But rather than choosing a typical cookie-cutter place to stay, there’s a much better, more comfortable, and definitely more fun place to stay. It’s called The Jupiter Hotel.
The south east side of the Burnside bridge is full of awesome boutique and vintage shops, comfort food sit down restaurants, and quick-bites to-go. The neighbourhood is right out of the 1960’s, and that’s exactly when the Jupiter Hotel was originally first built and opened.
After completing major renovations, the Jupiter Hotel re-opened in 2004. It’s one of the coolest and trendiest hotels in Portland for young, adventure-seeking visitors. The large, spacious rooms are a cool blend of 1960’s original fittings and fixtures, but with all the modern conveniences for today’s tech-savvy traveller, like free WiFi in every guest room.
The rooms are tastefully decorated, with each of the 81 rooms having its own unique flare and fun, original murals. The beds are super comfortable too, with warm, fluffy duvets and docking stations for your smartphone on the nightstand. If you’re the creative kind of person, the door, both inside and out, is painted with blackboard paint, which means you can draw on it with chalk until you’re hearts content (and if you run out of chalk, you can get more at the front desk). It’s a fun way to leave messages for the hotel staff, friends, or just to post your creations on Instagram.
While you’re not going to find a coffee maker in your room, you can get free coffee every morning down in the lobby, which is known to be a cool hangout place. On the same property as the Jupiter Hotel is the Doug Fir Restaurant, one of the most popular live music venues in Portland. Not only does the restaurant portion serve up some awesome comfort food, but the party atmosphere completely explains why the Jupiter Hotel is so popular with the younger crowd! Plus, it makes it easy to stumble back to your room at the end of the night.
The Jupister Hotel is totally gay friendly. Not the kind of property that has to be a part of a gay-friendly travel association, which they are, but they are cool enough to just not made a big deal about your sexuality… cause to them, everyone is equal, welcome, and made to feel at home. You’re not going to get an obnoxious “have a fabulous stay!” comment when you check in, but you will be greeted and treated with the same respect you would expect if you were staying over at a friends house. It’s that kind of cool.
While staying in Portland, there’s plenty to do, especially if you’re looking to get wild. There’s a good nightlife scene, an easy 20-minute stroll across the Burnside bridge. Plus, on the way back at the end of the night, you have to pass a convenience store and an kick-ass pizza parlor… cause late-night snacks will happen, regardless. Oh, and at night, the entire property is lit with blue lights, which gives an awesome glow – way better atmosphere than you’ll find at any Marriott property.
Next time you’re off to Portland, the Jupiter Hotel is the obvious choice for where you want to rest your head at the end of the day. With rooms starting from $119USD / night, it’s a great choice!