The Jupiter is part of the hipster boutique hotel trend - revamp an old motor lodge/Holiday Inn with Danish Modern/Mid-Century style decor, add a quirky theme and generally eschew the experience of chain hotels - but here in Portland it works.
The Jupiter is fun. The rooms are small and dark, the bathrooms are clean (but no different than what you'd find at a Holiday Inn) and the hallways are outdoors (to make sure you soak up plenty of Portland's rain), but the aesthetic is fabulous. The overall design, decor and color palette appeals to art students, lovers of pop culture and bargain hunters who favor Fab over Groupon. The signature "Jupiter Hotel" condoms on the pillows (in lieu of the traditional mint or chocolate) just about summed the place up.
The adjoining Doug Fir restaurant is cozy, offering up modern twists on traditional comfort food. The atmosphere succeeds, but the food is only average and a bit of a disappointment given the excellent restaurant scene in Portland.
Portland is a funky, hipster town teeming with artists, high tech workers and nonprofit evangelists and the Jupiter Hotel is a great match for the city's culture and vibe. If you're looking for an authentic Portland experience, you'll definitely get it at the Jupiter.More