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 will be traveling to the beautiful Pacific Northwest soon and booked a stay at this hotel. Parker was fabulous in helping me with my room selection. He listened very carefully to what this traveler needed and made room recommendations to make my stay more comfortable, enjoyable, and productive since I will be working in my room. His level of customer service is exceptional.
The place is right on the water yet our expensive room only had a view looking into another room. Was also disappointed that the hotel charges extra for internet and tiny waters for such a high end expensive place. If you have a Kimpton membership then they give you two bottles and supposedly internet connection although mine didn’t work. Maybe we just got bad luck but not feeling super pumped. Also be aware that room service here ends at 11pm(bummer as we checked in late)
Staff is very friendly and kind here which is always appreciated and doesn’t go unnoticed.
Beds were comfortable.
Room size on the smaller end but enough room to add a roll away. And has a little table.
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!