Portland: 5 Places to Stay

RiverPlace Hotel

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Designed to resemble a grand Victorian seaside hotel (but with a Northwest craftsman style — it was actually built in the early '80s), the waterfront RiverPlace easily has the city's best Willamette River views. Set at the southern edge of downtown, at a nice remove from the hustle and bustle, the property overlooks the grassy Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park, a marina and a promenade lined with boutiques and sidewalk cafés. A library stocked with books and a glowing fireplace warm the lobby; on sunny days, guests can sit in teak rocking chairs on the porch, admiring boats on the river. The 84 rooms have earthy color schemes and Arts and Crafts–inspired furniture, as well as Wi-Fi and CD and DVD players; many have separate sitting parlors. Three Degrees Restaurant and Bar turns out top-notch regional northwestern fare and has romantic water views. Fitness buffs will like the free passes to the city's best gym, the RiverPlace Athletic Club, just a five-minute walk away.

Room to Book: Rooms 325 and 425 are enormous fireplace suites with whirlpool tubs and panoramic views of the Willamette River, Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park and the downtown skyline. Rooms ending in 02, 08, 16 and 17 also have terrific views.

Insider Tip: Guided kayak tours of the Willamette, offered through Portland Kayak Company, leave from the RiverPlace Moorage, adjacent to the hotel.

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