Kimpton Riverplace Hotel
What We Love
- Gorgeous bridge views and direct access to the city’s best walking path
- Two-bedroom suites are great for groups/families
- Wine happy hour from 5 to 6 p.m. daily
- Free WiFi for Kimpton Karma members (you can sign up upon arrival)
- Read more about what to see and do in Portland, Oregon in our magazine section
What To Know
- Skip the courtyard-facing rooms; this property is all about the river views
- A retreat from the urban action, the hotel is a half mile from the closest downtown sights, like the Portland Art Museum and the farmers market
- In case you miss the happy hour, the manager keeps a bottle of wine behind the front desk
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set in a mansion-like building on the banks of the Willamette River, the RiverPlace has a look that is rustic-modern. With kayaks suspended from the ceiling, cozy fireplaces, Pendleton-esque throw pillows and faux leather headboards, the warm, masculine decor nods to Northwest explorers of yesteryear. Modern touches such as the black-and-white pinwheel nesting tables and curtains in the rooms, reinforce the punchy aesthetic of the Kimpton brand.
Bed and Bath
Renovated in 2012, the guestrooms are romantic and inviting, and so luxe you’ll question your (reasonable) room rate. Linen texture wallpaper and woolen pillows reinforce the enticing warmth of this gorgeous hideaway. Oversize windows offer views of the bridges on the waterfront side of the property. Spacious bathrooms feature rain showers, Frette bathrobes and flattering lighting.
Located in a waterfront community, the hotel is uniquely situated for active guests (of the human or canine variety) and offers a pretty alternative to the business-oriented central downtown, where most the of city’s hotels are located. Portland’s booming food scene has not yet reached the waterfront, where restaurants tend to traffic in views, but the alfresco dining and seasonal fare at the on-site Three Degrees restaurant is charming. Stop there for happy hour or breakfast. The hotel offers free passes to a gym just a few minutes’ walk away and partners with a local spa to offer in-room services.
In the Area
When skies are clear, take the streetcar (a five-minute walk from the hotel) to the Portland Aerial Tram for views of the mountains and skyline. Walk across the Hawthorne Bridge to visit the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, or borrow a free bike and cycle along the East Side’s pretty Springwater Corridor Trail. On Saturdays from March through December, start your day by walking a half mile to the city’s famous Portland Farmers Market at PSU.
How to Get There
I stay at a Kimpton any time I get the chance for their excellent staff, warmth, and general feeling that I'm home here. Not to mention the wine hour every day from 5-6pm. I brought my dog for the first time and I've never had such a great hotel experience with my pet at a hotel and it was delightful. Her name was on a dog shaped chalk board, they gave her treats and they love all pets! I've been there 100 times without a pet, and you'd never know it unless you pass one in the lobby. Very clean, well appointed great location and beautiful!
Overall, I quite enjoyed my stay at the Kimpton. My room was spacious and quiet. (Courtyard side). The bed was very comfortable. Its location is convenient to downtown. The staff was extremely friendly. There was plenty of hot water and pressure for my shower and the toiletries are great quality.
They offer a happy hour with complementary beer and wine- one of the nights there was even a local winery there. I really enjoyed their homemade chocolate chip cookies which are available then too; they are warm and delicious! There also is a courtyard area with some outdoor seating on the second floor which has nice views. Preferring cold rooms, I asked if the room could be cooler and they quickly gave me the ability to adjust the temp lower. (67 is the preset minimum).
The only reason I didn’t give it a five star was housekeeping. When I walked into the room, I noticed there was the little ‘envelope’ that your key card comes in from a previous guest sitting on the smaller of the two nesting coffee table which made me question how thoroughly housekeeping dusts. Further, I asked the front desk NOT to have housekeeping stop in two consecutive days. Unfortunately, they did, even changing my linens and towels one of these days. I will take partial responsibility as I didn’t notice the do not clean sign that was by the second tv (rather than hanging from the door) but I still wish my request was honored both of those days and that the front desk and housekeeping better communicated. They did apologize. On the bright side, once I found the card, they didn’t clean the room. Plus, most people want such service so even if not dusted, you’ll get a nicely made bed and fresh towels.
One suggestion- offer cold water too. While they provide flavored water (cucumber one day and lemon another) in the lobby, it is room temperature. I prefer cold water and never found the ice chest on the second floor. (Staff did get me a cup of ice.) Oh, and maybe offer some milk to go with those cookies.
Despite the small snafu, I’d happy stay again and I recommend them.
a very nice hotel with a great location but the key to this place is the extraordinary staff. It appears that everyone is made to feel at home and that the staff will go out of their way to help with the smallest of details of making your stay better.