Portland, Oregon, should be experienced from top to bottom. The Porter Portland Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, offers one of the city’s best rooftop bars “on the 16th floor” and an exceptionally furnished fitness center just below street level. The Porter’s downtown location makes it one of the best-situated hotels in Portland. It gives you easy access to incredible entertainment at the nearby Keller Auditorium and on the riverfront walkway at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Delicious dining options and plenty of local shops for browsing are located in the vicinity of The Porter Portland Hotel.
Stay at The Porter Portland Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
Upon entering The Porter, we were immediately immersed in the urban-chic vibe. The décor is upscale and trendy, and the huge illuminated clock above the reception desk drew us in. The bar area adjacent to the lobby creates a lively ambiance.
After a quick check-in by friendly staff, my daughter Brittney and I took the elevator to the 14th floor. The elevator’s interior reminded me of a Japanese shoji consisting of painted translucent paper that appeared as if you were looking out over a field replete with trees.
Rooms at the hotel are well appointed with a mix of modern and rustic elegance. The earth-tone color scheme permeates the hotel, and artwork featuring local landmarks accentuate each room. Modern amenities include luxurious bedding, plush robes, a mini-refrigerator, and a coffeemaker. A large desk and free Wi-Fi make it easy to do a little work or research if necessary, but be sure to leave time to head up to the rooftop bar for an appetizer and a cocktail.
View the Cityscape at Xport Bar & Lounge
Many hotels in Portland offer easy access to great food and cocktails. It’s right on property at The Porter. Chef de Cuisine Michael Benson handles the food at Xport Bar & Lounge. Brittney and I sat outside under one of the many heat lamps enjoying the view and a delicious handcrafted cocktail. There is something for everyone on the menu, whether you like specialty cocktails, beer or wine, drinks paired with a classic appetizer or one of the chef’s exotic Eastern bites.
The outdoor space is covered allowing you the opportunity to savor the views any time of the year. Heat lamps and the long fireplace keep the area warm and add to the ambiance. The bar’s interior is attractive and accented with several TV screens for sports viewing. Xport is the perfect place for a nightcap or gathering with friends.
Dine at Terrane Italian Kitchen + Bar
Terrane Italian Kitchen + Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Brittney and I ate dinner in the restaurant. We began the meal with a delicious bruschetta topped with extra virgin olive oil, tomatoes, and olive conserve. The bread was from renowned Grand Central Bakery. We also enjoyed the creamy house-made freshly whipped ricotta lightly seasoned with lemon and extra virgin olive oil. It arrived accompanied by more scrumptious bread.
We shared a few entrées for the main course. The beef short ribs with salsa verde were tender and rich. The beet fettuccine with goat cheese, arugula, aged balsamic, and pistachio was not only tasty but also a beautiful plate of intense colors.
The comforting ravioli with smoked butternut and Calabrian chilies was perfectly spiced, and the crispy kale added extra texture. The lamb shank with a tower of leeks studded with prosciutto shards was moist and flavorful.
Midway through our meal, Executive Chef A.J. Voytko delivered a digestive, Passito Di Pantelleria, and a glass of his house-made limoncello. Both were fabulous and the limoncello brought me back to the island of Capri where I tasted a fantastic limoncello several years ago. For dessert, we opted for two desserts: the chocolate budino with espresso caramel, sea salt and a touch of EVOO and a pistachio semifreddo with white chocolate “magic shell,” a tart rosé-apple puree, and basil sugar.
Breakfast at The Portland Exchange
The Portland Exchange is adjacent to the hotel lobby opposite the Terrane Italian Kitchen + Bar. It is a great place to pick up a delicious hot coffee, tea, pastry, or Italian-inspired breakfast sandwich. Tables and chairs scattered throughout the shop offer in-house dining, or you can take your order to go. The Porter Hotel offers 24-hour room service for those who want to relax during their stay.
Enjoy Amenities at The Porter Portland Hotel
After a delicious breakfast, you can check out more of the amenities that make this one of the best hotels in Portland. Visit the fitness center located one floor below the lobby. Take a swim in the heated indoor pool, sweat off some calories in the sauna, or work out in the gym. Join in one of the yoga, aqua aerobics, or meditation classes.
If you prefer to chill, you can relax and rejuvenate with a book down in the Meditation Spa. This is a “Zen” outdoor space decorated with comfy chairs and beautiful plants located adjacent to the pool.
Experience the Portland Neighborhood
Portland is an incredible city to wander. Whether you prefer to walk or take the nearby MAX Light Rail, there are plenty of things to see and do in the city. The Porter Portland Hotel is an exceptional place to stay whether you are in town on business, looking for a weekend getaway, or using it as a basecamp for exploring the city and the Willamette Valley. Come view the heights and depths of The Porter Portland Hotel. Be sure to check out suggestions from our Wander writers about more of the many things you can do when you visit Oregon.
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