What We Love
- Meticulously restored Regency-style stunner blending Old World glamour and contemporary comforts
- The service is the star attraction — every guest is treated like Marilyn or Frank in Hollywood’s heyday
- The hotel’s sultry Driftwood Room lounge, frozen in time since 1954
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What To Know
- Dripping in crystal and creamy tones — ideal for romantic weekends or girlfriend getaways
- Portland’s aboveground MAX rail line runs on either side of the hotel
- Just a few blocks from Portland's shops and restaurants
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
If Marilyn Monroe were alive today, she’d stay at the deLuxe, a Provenance Hotel. Just over 100 years old, the hotel underwent a major face-lift in the 1940s, and again in 2004, and has meticulously maintained its glamorous, Hollywood Regency-era styling. Antique Czech crystal chandeliers, beveled mirrors, hallways lined with vintage film photos and elaborate gold leaf–accented ceilings make this beauty red carpet–ready at any hour.
Bed and Bath
Blurring the line between grand and boutique, the 130 bedrooms are a tribute to the hotel’s moniker, deLuxe, layering Art Deco details and creature comforts, such as a pillow menu and ice cream room service care of local favorite Salt & Straw. Demure crystal light fixtures (vintage, of course) lend sparkle to large rooms dressed in mellow tones with pops of rich color from the regal green floor-to-ceiling curtains. Subway tile–lined bathrooms feature pedestal sinks and marble floors and prove everything old is new again.
Right off the lobby, two old-timey Portland restaurants continue the throwback theme. Outfitted with velvet banquettes, more overhead glitter and marble-topped tables, Gracie’s is a great spot for breakfast. Order the Elvis: triple-decker pancakes layered with peanut butter, bacon and bananas. At night (or any hour, for that matter — it opens at 10 a.m. on weekends), pull up a chair at the curvy Driftwood Room, a noirish lounge untouched down to the vinyl-rimmed bar and the cedar slat walls.
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This was my go to hotel for the last ten years and i stayed here almost every year for that many years. Recently so much maintenance has been "deferred." The heating system in winter is insufficient and some beds are no longer good. I would try out the bed before you agree to a room. The staff is lovely and compassionate but they cannot make up for the big issues. There is also a surprise amenities fee for not much...it would be one thing if the amenities were outstanding, but the coffee is not great, not compared to some of Portland's excellent coffees. Gracies is hit and miss...i paid $7 for gluten free toast for breakfast...but the Driftwood happy hour menu is nice.This was a premier property. It seems to have gone downhill to me but a renovation is planned for a few years out. I guess i'll try it again after it gets its update.
Watch out for the “amenities fee” to be deceptively added onto the price of the room. And for what? The complimentary water in the lobby?
I don’t return to establishments that practice such shady money grubbing techniques.
Also we ate at Gracies for brunch. We were there a little after 7 am and were the first and only guests at that time. After we sat we realized the bench type of booth was very uncomfortable and so we asked our waiter (Terri), if we could move to an adjacent table with normal chairs. He rudely said he didn’t know and he’ll have to ask the hostess because there are reservations. We looked around, and we’re still the only ones there. The professional way to handle that would have been to say “I’m sure we can accommodate you but let me just run it by the hostess first just to make sure there isn’t a party with this particular table reserved.” Then when we moved the waiter didn’t even offer to move my wife’s water glass from the other table nor did he fill her new glass. The food was good but nothing near worth getting treated like that from a server. There are plenty of amazing restaurants around Portland that also know how to treat a guest.
This hotel is beautiful! The decor is not standard hotel-issue, homogenized, or boring. They have bellhops and doormen who assisted me from the second I got out of my Lyft. I arrived 3.5 hours early and my room was already ready, and they gave me a free upgrade to be away from the elevators! Concierge was super fast and very helpful. The room was small but cozy and they used the space well, and it was bright and airy. Huge closet with two very pretty and soft robes! All the usual amenities but NO FREE WIFI. I found this to be a real letdown. Could have used more bathroom counter space too. They had a portable tabletop lighted magnifying makeup mirror (big plus!) but there was nowhere to use it in the bathroom so I set up the small table in my room as a vanity...but I also needed it as a desk and dining table, so I had to do a lot of shuffling stuff around. There was an honor bar which I actually found very well priced. There’s a single cup coffee maker but not a Keurig. Room service was quick, friendly, reasonably priced, and the food was fantastic! 24 hour room service is available, but with a very limited menu (only about 4-5 items). Lots of restaurants nearby if you don’t want to do room service and the room had a fridge! There’s also a safe. No microwave though. Bonus points for having a channel guide for the TV, so I didn’t have to spend time flipping around to find Bravo and Adult Swim! This is a big pet peeve of mine. About a 15 minute walk to the water, and about 5 minutes from the heart of downtown. There’s also valet parking if that’s your thing. I’ll definitely be back and stay here again!! PS-Don’t forget to tip your bellhops, room service, housekeeping, bartenders/servers, and even the concierge if they set something special up for you.