After arriving on the train into Portland’s Union Station at about 3 pm our first and only mission was to find some food. A quick Google Maps route showed us our hotel was just a few minutes down the road so we grabbed a Lyft and headed to Kimpton’s Hotel Vintage. Conveniently located on a VERY central road downtown Portland (SW Broadway) we were at the hotel’s impressive front lobby in 7 minutes flat.
I don’t know if it was the hunger or the fact that were staying in such an amazing hotel, but we literally kept on oooing and awing over every detail as we walked into the lobby. The hotel definitely casts an impressive first impression and because of it we were even more jazzed about our accommodations for the next few days.
After checking in we left our luggage with the attendants (literally best service ever!) and walked across the street to a sports bar for the best-tasting burger and fries. A friendly text from the front desk let us know our room was available if we wanted to freshen up from the trip. Eager to check out the rest of the beautiful hotel we grabbed our luggage from the front desk and made our way to the 8th floor and our beautiful room, the King Studio Spa Suite.
With every aspect of the room more unique than the next, we relaxed into the king size bed and wondered if we would ever be able to leave, especially after I discovered the giant soaker tub in the bathroom! Everything was perfection from the moment we arrived and with the soft natural light from the skylight in the room, we had some of the best nights of sleep on the trip!
After unpacking a bit and grabbing some photos we decided to take advantage of the golden hour light and explore the city by foot a bit. I didn’t realize it initially, but Hotel Vintage is literally in the best location possible for exploring Portland. Just a couple blocks away is the world-famous Powell’s City of Books and from there you can explore the Pearl District, walk past some amazing shops and restaurants that we frequented on our evenings in the city.
Because we didn’t have a car the entire time we were in the city, it makes such a difference to be able to walk to your dinner destinations and the location of Hotel Vintage allows you to do just that!
After a low-key dinner to go at Chipotle (don’t hate, but we had lunch at 4 pm so by the time we were walking back to the hotel at 9 pm that was the only thing that sounded good) we made our way back to the bustling hotel! And by bustling I mean if we were tired we could have sat in the lounge and enjoyed live musicians or stopped by the restaurant or bar for a pre-dinner dessert. But after a day of traveling all we wanted to do was eat Chipotle while wearing THE MOST COMFORTABLE sweatshirt robes ever. It was heavenly and the best way to start out our Portland adventure.
Other added bonuses:
If you’re heading to Portland anytime soon and are looking for a place to call temporary home, I cannot recommend Hotel Vintage enough. The staff is so accommodating and friendly, the rooms are luxurious, and the amenities are just an added bonus! Visit their website to learn more!