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
I stayed here a week on business, and really enjoyed my experience. The hotel decor is funky, creative and elegant all at the same time. The restaurant (on premises) is run by a local chef, offering delicious (and once again) creative dishes as a reasonable price. The hotel offers complimentary "beer hour" daily, and coffee and tea throughout. I also liked their "tree hugger" campaign, giving you the option to forgo daily housekeeping in exchange for a $5 credit from the in-room mini-bar, which includes snacks water, drinks, etc. In addition, the location is great, really close to many shopping/dining options. The only negative is the $45/day valet parking...but hey, after all, you are in the city center!
As newcomers to Portland, we had a really great time at Hotel Lucia. There's a parking lot right across the street, which made getting around easier, and it's also within walking distance of lots of breweries, restaurants, etc. The free craft beer happy hour in the lobby was a nice addition. Overall a very pleasant stay!
Stayed here for a week on business, so location was great for me as just around the corner from work. Also centrally located for shopping, restaurants, and transportation.
My room was nice (414) - nice king bed, sitting area and a regular sized bathroom with a bath tub/shower. Other reviewers here have commented that their bathroom was small, but mine was regular sized - who needs a huge bathroom anyway.
My room faced the street so there’s quite a bit of road/city noise but I still slept soundly. Otherwise the 4th floor was very quite with no noise from the neighbours.
Room was a little cold at times, but warmed fairly quickly once I knocked the room thermostat up a few notches.
Nice big room safe in the large walk-in closet. Also a Nespresso coffee maker which was nice. Strange lockable fridge containing minibar drinks. Not sure why it has a separate lock though - are the cleaning staff not trusted? Also on the side lots of room snacks, chips, m&m’s, wine etc.
There’s a small workout room on the basement level - two running machines, a couple of bike machines and some free weights, but the room is small so wouldn’t accommodate many people. I would have thought it would have been better for the hotel to buddy up with a local gym. There were a few I past in the same block.
The hotel has a bar on the left and a restaurant on the right - they’re part of the hotel but I guess run as separate businesses. I ate breakfast on my first day but I didn’t like the menu - no oatmeal, so I never went back. The bar again I went once, but again I didn’t like the place. There are plenty of better places locally so you don’t have to go far to find better.
Would I come back - yes. I’ve stayed before at the two Kimpton’s next door and around the corner - both were more expensive but I found the rooms to be very similarly spec’d.