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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Could not check in a minute before 4pm. It really felt like a ploy to get you to buy a couple drinks and appetizers while you wait for your room. Rooms were the smallest I have encountered in the downtown Portland hotels. Finally, the vallet brought up the wrong car when we were trying to check out and make it to a flight. Vallet was very expensive ($45 a night). There is cheaper public parking (I noticed all to late) across the street. Decor was cute, but not worth the small rooms, expensive prices and failure to execute.
This cute boutique hotel is in a great location and has a friendly staff. The location of this hotel is wonderful because you are walking distance to many different Portland neighborhoods, shopping, restaurants, outdoor food markets and whatever else you want to see. The rooms are clean, comfortable and a decent size. The hotel is connected to a bar with late night pizza and you can sit in the lounge by the fire while waiting for cars or friends. The mini-bars in the room comes with lots of local Portland goodies and you can even order up a growler of beer.
Great hotel if you want to be in the middle of it all, within walking distance. Loved the style of both the lobby and rooms. Having the Crown restaurant attached to the lobby was nice for a late night snack after bar hopping. While the room was great and stylish, it was small...even smaller than expected. But still great.