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
Very nice hotel. They’ve made the best of space with renovations, great bed and linens. Room was quite small but I expected that as it is an older hotel that has been upped to a boutique-type accommodation.
Only criticism I’d give are:
1) when I booked I chose the mid level of king room, there were three and I chose the middle one. I’m not sure if it is “deluxe” or “superior” you need to pick to get a chair in the room? Yes, there was a small desk chair, but hardly anything you’d want to sit in to read a book or newspaper. And
2) it had a rather large closet, almost a walk in, which was nice so you could leave suitcase on rack in there. However, a light would have made it much easier to see your things without having to pull them out in the room for light.
I was in a “10” series room, would have been pretty tight quarters for two people, but fine for one. It was across from elevator, but I didn’t hear anything bothersome in my two night stay. I think an “08” is corner room so you’d get two windows and might even be a little bigger.
The staff was pleasant and helpful, I had room service breakfast one day and it was quick and very good. Didn’t get a change to eat or drink in the restaurants in the building but they looked nice. Location was good. If you know Portland then you know that Old Town (a couple of blocks away across Burnside)can be a bit rough, but I saw no problems around the hotel.
Overall very good and I’d certainly stay again, would just ask specifically about a chair because I don’t like to have only seating option be the bed.
Hotel conveniently located, easy walking distance to many restaurants and city attractions. Was warmly greeted by staff upon arrival, room was ready as promised. My arrival coincided with the free daily beer tasting in the lobby and was promptly handed a craft beer as I walked in the door. Awesome!
I started yet for business for three days. The hotel is cute and funky in the common areas but pretty staid in the rooms. The rooms are a bit small but nothing outrageous. The bathrooms are actually quite large.
We checked in late Thursday night and were hungry and ready to relax. Jim at the front desk offered us two drinks whether it be from our honor bar or the actual bar. We opted for the main bar as they were still serving food (amazing) they served pizza by the slice or whole pie! Our bartender was welcoming and made us delicious drinks. Our pizza was hot, cheesy and came out super quick! The hotel was clean and beautiful with so many details to give it personalty. our room was clean, comfortable and easily accessible. We had a wonderful stay and will highly recommend Lucia to anyone visiting Portland! Can't wait to come back!
If you are looking for a boutique hotel experience where the staff is friendly and professional, the location is prime, and the beds are cloud soft — this is the place.The rooms are not huge, but are right-sized and very comfortable. The decor has a great vibe and the artwork is enjoyable. Highly recommend.