Written by Lauren Sharp
At the heart of Portland’s industrial Buckman neighborhood is the Hotel Grand Stark. This historic destination offers a whimsical nod to the Pacific Northwest with an eccentric twist—as a respite for those looking to embrace the Rose City’s eclectic central east side. It opened in the spring, the first Oregon property of Los Angeles-based Palisociety Hospitality Groups’ boutique hotels.
Palisociety founder Avi Brosh set out to create a space embodying the Pacific Northwest experience, elevating the city’s creative, quirky character. “My hope is that guests feel that they receive the true experience of the place from the decor, accommodations and food in all of our properties,” Brosh said. “In turn, our team set out to pay tribute to the artistic spirit of the inner east side and create a place that serves neighborhood locals and travelers alike.”
The property’s classic facade is the legacy of its historical roots. Built in 1906 at the corner of SE Grand and Stark, it premiered as the Hotel Chamberlin. Since 1936, it was home to the Shleifer Furniture Company, which closed in 2015.
With Portland rebounding after an unforgiving year, the new hotel can reap the benefits of the city’s east side, bustling once more with cyclists, al fresco dining, gallery openings and outdoor concerts. It’s clear that even a global health crisis can’t wipe out this town’s personality, and for those looking to embrace it, you’ve come to the right place.
509 SE GRAND AVENUE
The three-story hotel includes 57 king, queen, and double guest rooms, and some have views of downtown. Each includes luxurious, French Diptyque toiletries, a retro Smeg mini-fridge stocked with local beverages and an original Nespresso for additional Euro-flair. The bedding and wall decor, a playful mix of millwork, textiles and patterns, combine florals, tartans and wovens to create dimension in the space, while vintage rugs and custom lighting add comfort and style.
The entrance offers impact, with a spacious lobby accented with green hues reminiscent of a Parisian bistro. Guests can easily bike to neighborhood eateries or stroll downtown in fifteen minutes, ideal for those looking to explore this vibrant area.
Adjacent to the lobby, the Grand Stark Deli offers a casual atmosphere with counter service and café-style seating, evoking classic delis, vintage diners and European tabacs. The menu features a proprietary sparkling wine, Deli Bubs, a 2015 Chehalem Mountains AVA, Willamette Valley traditional method sparkling rose. Bar Chamberlain is Submarine Hospitality’s (Ava Gene’s, Tusk) re-envisioning of a classic hotel watering hole, delivering a warm, intimate allure for late-night cocktails.
Concierge service and high-speed wi-fi are gratis. Pets are welcomed by a friendly staff with items such as organic treats, luxurious dog beds and toys. A fee of $125 per stay applies.
Self-parking outside the hotel is $25 a day.