A true Portland landmark, the Governor Hotel (SW 10th Ave. at Alder St., 503/224-3400 or 800/554-3456, www.govhotel.com, $200 and up, parking $27) has two wings: the original 1909 hotel with an imposing white tile facade (look for the Transformer-like figures along the roofline) and the adjoining Portland Elks Lodge, a very ornate structure built in 1932 to resemble the Farnese Palace in Rome. This is one of Portland’s most regal hotels—have a look at one of the nine ballrooms; the Order of the Elks wasn’t afraid of splurging on decor. The standard Superior level guest rooms are large and nicely furnished, but the suites are really outstanding. Corner Junior Suites have a fireplace, and Penthouse Terrace Suites offer a rooftop deck. Amenities include Jake’s Grill restaurant, a Starbucks coffee shop, a large and airy fitness center, and a complimentary business center.
One of the few hotels right on the Willamette River, RiverPlace Hotel (1510 SW Harbor Way, 503/228-3233 or 800/227-1333, www.riverplacehotel.com, $209 and up, valet parking $26) sits above a marina at the edge of Waterfront Park, yet it’s just moments from downtown shopping and activities. After a top-to-bottom remodel in 2008, RiverPlace is more handsome than ever. A warm and pleasing arts-and-crafts aesthetic pervades the lobby and bar, and guest rooms are large and comfortable and have CD and DVD players, a fridge, and a large work table. RiverPlace also offers eight one-bedroom and two two-bedroom condos for either nightly or extended rental. With its notable position right on the river, the bar and restaurant, both with large outdoor decks, are very popular. Guests have complimentary passes to the nearby RiverPlace Athletic Club.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel