written by Jen Stevenson
If banishing the winter doldrums with a vacation (or staycation) to Stumptown is just what the doctor ordered, pack your best walking wellies and check into this hip, playful, delightfully designed new downtown Portland hotel for a long cozy weekend of binge-watching, basement bar cocktail sipping and breakfast in bed.
The sixth addition to the globetrotting U.K.-based chain, on the heels of outlets in Paris and Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, The Hoxton Portland chose to homestead in downtown’s historic Old Town/Chinatown. Set in the 1907 Grove Hotel building at the corner of busy Burnside and NW 4th Street, just inside the landmark Chinatown Gateway, it’s steps from Voodoo Donuts and Portland Saturday Market, and a short stroll from the trendy Pearl District’s shops, parks and restaurants.
Adventure seekers can rent a bicycle nearby and loop around Tom McCall Waterfront Park’s riverfront trail to the Eastbank Esplanade and tour the burgeoning inner eastside industrial district, home to Portland’s ale trail and distillery row, or hop the MAX lightrail up to wild and wonderful Washington Park to explore the International Rose Test Garden, Portland Japanese Garden, and miles of serene green Forest Park trails. Or, should the sleet slashing at your window serve as a deterrent to vacating the premises, just settle in with room service and a good book—each room has a miniature library curated by a different Portland mover and shaker.
15 NW 4TH AVE.
The hotel’s 119 rooms come in every size and budget, starting with the 113-square-foot, twin-bed-fitted Shoebox, and moving up to the Snug, Cosy, and Roomy, a respectable 273 square feet with a king bed or two queens. Designed with a keen sense of style, all rooms are outfitted with Mid-century modern furnishings and fixtures, warm walnut wood paneling, eclectic artwork curated by Pearl District gallery Upfor, ceramics by Southeast Portland’s Clay Factor studio, and fun touches from across the pond, like the retro ’50s-style Roberts radios.
Love late checkout but hate the hefty surcharge? The Hoxton feels your pain—hitting the snooze button after a night on the town will only cost you $10 an hour. Also the height of hospitality, the Hoxton’s signature breakfast bags—check the boxes on the bag indicating how many people will be breakfasting and when, hang it on the doorknob, and find it filled and waiting right on time the next morning.
Submarine Hospitality, the team behind Portland’s highly regarded Ava Gene’s and Tusk restaurants, will manage the hotel’s eateries, Mexican-inspired La Neta and rooftop taqueria Tope, as well as a basement cocktail bar. Also within easy walking distance—downtown gem Little Bird Bistro, popular Pine Street Market food hall, and the clusters of Portland famed food carts parked near SW Stark and Third. Slurp Sichuan beef bone soup with hand-pulled noodles at Stretch the Noodle, or pork and shrimp wonton soup at Mama Chow’s Kitchen.
Wi-fi is free and speedy, the bathrooms stock full-size toiletries from The Hoxton’s signature Blank line, the mini-bar offers complimentary fresh milk and water and promises “high street prices” for all other provisions, and if you feel like calling your old boarding school roommate in London, guests get an hour of international calls for free.