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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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
This was our second stay at the hotel and we enjoyed our visits very much. The waterfront view rooms have a great view of the Willamette River and are spacious, clean and nice. The staff is very friendly. The hotel is dog friendly and they treat the dogs well. The bar and restaurant in the hotel are very good and there are other eating options within a short walk along the river. We really enjoy the 5 PM wine service. We will stay here again when in the area!
I travel to Portland often but this week was my first experience at the Kimpton RiverPlace. What a gem! Fantastic service, beautiful room (I took pictures for my own bathroom remodel) and the onsite restaurant was great. I will be back soon!
My husband and I were visiting Portland for the first time and decided to finally try Kimpton Hotel, as I had been receiving email offers. What a pleasant surprise....from Parker checking us in and offering a glass of wine since we missed the evening happy hour to the graciousness of the valet. Our room was not only beautiful, but comfortable as well and the restaurant was delicious. Kimpton, you have earned a new repeat customer!
We ate in the bar part of the restaurant twice and were totally impressed with the friendly service. Some places don’t allow outdoor seating if you are only having drinks and the bar menu but this place does allow it and it is super nice that way. The wine prices are not for the faint of heart but the beer is ok. The food menu is good compared to another place on the waterfront we had lunch and happy hour menu and they won’t let you sit at a table outside. We went here alone and with another couple. Nice place to meet up.
Th Kimpton Riverside is a great family and dog friendly hotel with great access the downtown Portland and the surrounding areas. Lots to do within walking distance, by bicycle (Portland is very bicycle friendly), mass transit (train) or ride share. Just missed Blues Fest which is just outside this hotel along the riverbank over the 4th or July...