OK so this hotel isn't a fancy smanchy, bell boy up your butt for a tip kinda place, but rather a laid back, just the basics, kinda do your own thing sorta place. It really isn't meant to be a place you spend a ton of time at on your vacation. It's more of a place to touch base and set up camp then go out and explore the amazing city and things that Portland has to offer. This is not to say that Doug Fir isn't amazing, because it does have excellent food, very friendly staff and a cool little fire pit outside to hang at. After dark it does get really crowded and a younger crowd seems to move in, my husband and I are in out mid 30's but we just walked down the street to another place. As far as the noise level I kept reading about? I was actually a little disappointed, I was expecting insane booming bands, crazy strobe lights and mosh pits or something I guess cause our first night there, I was like "what loud music?" The stage is down stairs, under ground! Seriously people, you can't hear the dang music if you tried. I wish we had actually gone to a show there, but we ran outta time.
The front desk was helpful enough as we called several weeks before to confirm our reservation and the young man jokingly told my husband that he had us down for 5 rooms, they both had a good laugh and he eventually did confirm our reservation. We also called from the train station to ask about the best public transpo to get there and he simply told us the easiest way was to take a taxi... fair enough, as we discovered Burnside bridge was under construction and closed so that was sound advice. At check out the young girl was very sweet and asked about our stay and where we were from. She asked if we needed a cab and gave us the thumbs up when we said we were just gonna take the bus and catch the MAX to the airport. She seemed genuinely interested in what we had to say.
The room was plain, bed on a low platform, small table and chairs, chalkboard paint on the door with chalk for drawing. An overpriced bottle of water that we didn't open and nice, clean bedding. The shower curtain was clean and had a cool design on it. They provided basic toiletries and yes the notorious condom, my husband's only complaint was that they didn't replace it the second night ;) Ice machine was kinda far, inside the covered patio area, but we found it fine and used it often. There was a tv and air conditioner but I don't think we used either, we were too busy exploring out and about. The wireless did seem painfully slow at times, especially over by the patio and Tattoo shop, but was there and free so roll with it.
They have a tiny ( I mean tiny!) shop that sells adult novelties, we checked it out, had a few laughs with the guy working there, he was very nice, the shop was actually cute in an adult kinda way. My husband got a massage across the street at Mana, he said it was "OK" nothing special. We visited Color Bomb Tattoo shop on-sight and ended up both getting worked on and the guys there are "A" plus professionals who are very, very nice and talented. Grendel's coffee house across the street has excellent java and bagels with hummas that are fabulous!
As far as location? We had no car and walked or took the bus or the MAX everywhere, and I mean everywhere with no problems at all, the bus stop is like 1 block down, the max is a few blocks over... we walked it once and took the bus over to the max a few times. It's central location makes it easy to get to the Pearl District as well as Alberta and just across the bridge is down town. We walked alot at night to and from the hotel from various locations and never had a problem at all with panhaddlers or the like (that would never be the case back in good ol So Cal)
Good price for the area, great location, great food, nice people around the hotel and on-site shops. Not a place to visit with children or if you want "fancy". Yes we were some of the oldest people there, but there were older couples that fit in just fine, it's all about the mind set.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Jupiter Hotel, a mid-century, renovated motor inn-turned-boutique hotel in the heart of Portland, minutes away from Downtown Portland, the Oregon Convention Center, the Pearl District and the Rose Garden Arena. A refreshingly affordable minimalist hotel for creative business nomads and urban explorers, the Jupiter Hotel offers 81 guestrooms, over 4,000 square feet of unique meeting and event space, an airy bamboo courtyard and outdoor fireplace seating for guests. Jupiter Hotel amenities include complimentary wireless internet, locally-roasted Water Avenue organic coffee every morning in the lobby, bikes for rent and Natura eco-friendly bath amenities. ... more less
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