Whether you want to stay in a Portland hotel in Downtown’s thriving cultural center or near the tree-lined enclave of Nob Hill, this guide will help you understand the city and choose where to stay in Portland.
Downtown , Portland’s thriving cultural center, sits below bustling Burnside Street, Portland’s main thoroughfare, bordering the west bank of the Willamette River. Pioneer Courthouse Square serves as the neighborhood’s cultural and transit hub. Upscale shopping emporiums like Tiffany and Saks Fifth Avenue and upscale restaurants are a short walk from the square. South along Broadway is the Cultural District, home to the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Historical Society Museum and dozens of galleries. Tom McCall Waterfront Park sits along the river, providing tree-lined paved paths dotted with sculptures and fountains. At the top of the park is the Portland Saturday (and Sunday) Market, drawing visitors and locals alike to sift through bustling craft stalls and snack on ethnic food.
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North Portland and Nob Hill
Book a Portland hotel in either North Portland or Nob Hill and you’ll be staying in one of the city’s most fashionable neighborhoods. Northwest of downtown, sophisticated cafés, wine bars and boutiques line Northwest 21st and Northwest 23rd avenues. Elegant 19th-century Victorian homes and tree-lined streets make the neighborhood delightful for strolling. Southwest is Washington Park, the city’s playground. Come to see the formal floral displays in The Japanese Garden, marvel at the International Rose Garden or wander through the rainforest at the Oregon Zoo.
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Chinatown and Pearl District
North of Burnside along the river, Chinatown and Pearl District bristle with energy. A maze of Chinese grocery stores and restaurants unfurl as soon as you pass through the elaborate Chinatown Gate. The main attraction, though, is the Portland Classical Chinese Garden, a tranquil oasis designed to evoke the wild mountains of China. A few blocks west, craft-lovers can drop in on the Museum of Contemporary Craft. Bordering Chinatown to the north, hip Pearl District is night-life central, with sophisticated wine bars, amiable brewpubs and upscale eateries. During the day, the well- heeled browse the stylish boutiques and galleries.
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