What We Love
- The hotel houses the world’s largest collection of black-and-white photographs by Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer — and Portland native — David Hume Kennerly
- The refreshing “Get It Now” service philosophy, which places guest service as priority one
- Free daily coffee until 9 a.m. and craft beer hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
- There’s a menu for everything, from pillow types to spiritual readings
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What To Know
- Housed in a heritage building, the hotel’s heating system can sometimes murmur when activated
- Parents with children may want to wipe sticky fingers regularly in this art-adorned hotel
- The downtown location means light sleepers will want to use provided ear plugs
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Lucia, a Provenance Hotel thoughtfully blurs the line between hotel and art gallery, starting with the hip lobby, which begs to participate in Portland’s famed First Thursday gallery walks. The interior is done up in buttery leather, olive green, and reclaimed wood — a chic space to show off the large-scale paintings, sculptures and photographs.
Bed and Bath
It’s easy to get stalled in neutral en route to your room, staring at every one of Kennerly’s candid photographs of past presidents, actors and dignitaries, which line the hallways (we love the shot of President Ford swimming). But inside the guestrooms, the gallery feel takes a back seat to cosmopolitan comforts as you flop on the pillowtop bed and notice that pints of ice cream from local maker Salt & Straw can be delivered. Bathrooms filled with Aveda products run on the small side, but let’s be honest, you’ll spend most of your time in bed eating sea salt ice cream laced with caramel ribbons anyway.
From the lobby, look no further than left and right to find the inventive, farm-fresh food that has made Portland the country’s unofficial foodie capital. Both the recently opened Portland Penny Diner and Imperial restaurant are helmed by concert-pianist-cum-James-Beard-Award-winning-chef Vitaly Paley, who adds a trill to the local flavor with the Penny Diner’s house-made sodas and the Imperial’s wood fire–grilled sausage du jour.
In the Area
Smack-dab in the middle of downtown, Lucia, a Provenance Hotel is a stone’s throw from many of the city’s popular craft breweries, coffee bars and boutiques, either on foot or by light rail. First stop, Voodoo Doughnut, a serious sugar high serving playful flavors such as Oreo peanut butter, or vanilla Fruit Loops. While chowing down, don’t forget to snap a photo in front of the “Keep Portland Weird” sign across the street. From Old Town wander across the Willamette River on East Burnside to a trio of locals’ must-stops: Luce (named Bon Appetit‘s top new restaurant in 2012), Heart Coffee Roasters and Appetite Shop + Studio.
How to Get There
This a very cool boutique hotel. They are very friendly. The room was clean, comfortable and well appointed. The breakfast from room service was perfect and right on time. We enjoyed the Imperial restaurant associated with the hotel and really enjoyed it. The art collection is pretty cool too.
We stayed for 3 nights and got the pleasure of listening to toilets flushing all night long. Nothing like laying in bed and having a flushing toilet and water running overhead. I won't recommend the 7th floor.
Hip well-appointed hotel. The rooms were small but comfortable and decorated in a very "retro" style that felt very "Portland". A little close to some slightly "sketchier" parts of the city, so be careful walking north from there, but close to art museum, waterfront restaurants. Hotel restaurant was very good for breakfast (get the french toast!). Next time, I would request a room off the street--was a little noisy at night.
Hotel Lucia is well located in SW Broadway allowing to access to all places around. Staff is very friendly and helpful.
Everything was fine except the internet connection. It was not possible to connect to wifi network for the stay of one week. This was a real frustration when you on business trip.
This hotel has a great location downtown Portland. The rooms are really comfortabel with nice bathrooms. Helpfull staff and Happy Hour with free craftbeer. Nice restaurants and shopping around the corner.