Cedartree Hotel

The Cedartree Hotel lobby features a large koi pond.
The Cedartree Hotel lobby features a large koi pond.
written by Kerry Newberry
photography by Cedartree Hotel

When you think of Hillsboro, you might not immediately picture a spot for a staycation. But that’s changing with the opening of Cedartree Hotel, a 120-room property launched by a longstanding Kyoto-based hospitality company.

While the location was picked for its access to Silicon Forest and the cluster of high-tech companies between Beaverton and Hillsboro, the amenities will appeal to a broader collective. In addition to a sixty-eight-seat restaurant that overlooks Japanese gardens, there’s a sake bar called Kiyomizu with an impressive fifteen-plus glass list and izakaya-style snacks for pairing.

A small but airy tatami room is available for tea ceremonies, flower-arranging classes and other cultural events. What sets the lodging apart is a series of traditional water features, including two heated indoor soaking pools—a reminder of how water is a balm.


The 120-room property offers queen, king and deluxe king stays with simple but elegant decor. Elevated touches in each room include ample soaking tubs with shower rooms and luxurious Japanese-style toilets (heated seats and more). For business travelers, each room also has a small desk—but you can also take advantage of the conference rooms and meeting spaces.

The simple Japanese aesthetic carries through the guest rooms at Cedartree.
The simple Japanese aesthetic carries through the guest rooms at Cedartree.


What makes this perfect for a staycation is the onsen-style baths where you can soak and relax. In addition to two indoor baths, there’s an outdoor soaking experience in development that will sit adjacent to the beautifully landscaped Japanese gardens. A sado room is available for tea ceremonies, ikebana classes and other cultural events.


Two dining options make it easy to stay on-site. For izakaya-style snacks, Kiyomizu serves up a selection of small bites from nasubi no nibitashi (deep-fried eggplant simmered in Japanese soup stock) to asari no sakamushi (clams steamed in sake). Their sake list has more than fifteen glass pours from Japan’s rice-growing regions, including Tohoku, Hokuriku and Shikoku. Waterfalls (restaurant and bar) offers a full dinner menu on select evenings.

Waterfalls is one of two superb restaurants at Cedartree.


Enjoy a serene lounge area with couches and a miniature koi pond. The adjacent gift shop is stocked with popular Japanese snacks from Calbee Shrimp Chips to Matcha Pocky (green tea-covered biscuits). You’ll also find a selection of traditional Japanese attire from geta sandals and sensu fans to beautifully patterned yukata robes.


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