Dressed to the Nines!
Dressed to the Nines… or at least it feels that way when visiting the Nines hotel in Portland.
Portland is such a fun, funky, laid back city where you can find almost anything you want. Whether you are looking to wine and dine, hike, shop, relax, or go to a street market, Portland has it all.
I went to Portland for a girls trip for an extended weekend getaway. From Los Angeles it is an easy flight with lots of different options.
You cannot beat the The Nines hotel location. It is in the center of Portland and is a good starting point to walk to a lot of different spots throughout the city. Portland is relatively small compared to other US major cities and it is easy to get around on foot, public transportation, or by taxi/uber/lyft.
The hotel really brings the Portland atmosphere inside. It is very art centric and has subtle themes throughout the hotel. The building itself has a lot of history, as it housed the headquarters for Meier & Frank back in 1909 (the department store the evolved into Macy’s).
The lobby/atrium is very open yet sectional at the same time. You can have your own space while still being a part of the action. They have two restaurants, within the hotel. The Urban Farmer, located in atrium area which focuses on local cuisine and the better known Departure restaurant. The Departure is located at the top of the building, serving not only great rooftop views but an Asian fusion menu as well. I would recommend making reservations here (especially on the weekends) as it is a favorite spot for many of the Portland dwellers.
(below: aerial view of the Atrium)
The rooms are beautiful and accented with artwork as well as textures and patterns that you would see in designer wear. Some rooms have city views and other have views of the atrium. There is a club level room category which includes access to their club lounge, offering guests a light breakfast, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert in the lounge. The club lounge also offers complimentary mimosas during breakfast hours and beer and wine in the evening (sign me up!).
(below: Deluxe City View Room – photo credit the Nines Hotel)
We ate dinner at the Departure one night. Again with the subtle themes, Departure has an amusing cruise ship theme. The cocktails, wine, food, views, and atmosphere make for a perfect evening in Portland!
Beautiful inside and out!
As beautiful as the hotel is inside it is outside. As I said before there is so much to do and see in Portland. Some of my favorite things to do/see were visiting Powell’s book store, sipping Oregon wine by the river, and visiting Multnomah falls. We also indulged in way too much Stumptown Coffee, Voodooo doughnuts, and had another delicious dinner at American Local.
Powell’s City of Books
The world’s largest independently owned bookstore. It takes up a whole city block and has four different stories!
Late fall early winter is a great time to visit the falls. It is not nearly as crowded as warmer months and you get to see the beautiful leaves change color.