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Riverside sleep close to downtown Portland, with an eco-friendly spa, waterfront dining and free guest bicycles
Thanks to its tranquil location beside the Willamette River, this 99-room property is poised to take advantage of all the outdoorsy, Portlandia-style charms of this West Coast hot spot. While the decor is simple, the guestrooms feature tons of natural light and leafy views. (It's worth splurging on a suite for a gas fireplace to keep you warm through those chilly Pacific Northwest nights.) On sunny days guests can hang out beneath the red umbrellas on the riverfront terrace at the Aquariva restaurant, which also serves a hearty Sunday brunch featuring calorific treats like crispy citrus brioche french toast. This being Portland, the restaurant leans heavily toward artisanal produce grown and raised using responsible, sustainable, fair trade practices, and the 13,000-square-foot spa continues the theme, utilizing top-notch natural, organic and eco-friendly products from lines like Eminence Organic Skin Care and Clarisonic. The bar, meanwhile, serves spirits infused in-house and has a daily happy hour — a perfect excuse to order that second Oregon craft brew.
In the Area
Nab one of the hotel's free bicycles and pedal your way downtown via the scenic Willamette Greenway Trail. Join the rest of the book nerds at Powell's City of Books, the world's largest new and used bookstore, which also offers a publish-your-own book department and hosts regular events and readings by high-profile authors. Don some roller skates and take a spin around the Oaks Park rink, then get hyped up on espresso from one of the original pioneers of the Third Wave Coffee movement, legendary Portland roasters Stumptown.