Hotel Highlights

  • Vintage Americana atmosphere
  • Buzzing gig venue on site
  • Prime Portland location amid hip boutiques and bookstores

Overview

A classic roadside motel built around one of Portland’s premier live music venues, Jupiter Hotel embodies vintage Americana. It also happens to be the best place in town to catch the next big thing emerging from Portland’s musical hothouse. Although the rooms may be more cool and casual than lavish luxe, you can stay for the encores and party with the band without having to worry about stumbling home.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Jupiter Hotel with us:

A free bottle of prosecco on arrival, plus free parking at the hotel

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

80 including one suite.

Check–out

11am, but flexible depending on availability; check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $119.00, excluding tax at 14.5 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast.

Also

All the bedroom doors have been coated in blackboard paint and you can while away entire mornings checking out your neighbours’ nocturnal creativity.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, air-conditioning.

Our favourite rooms

Ask for a room on the quiet side if you don’t want to join in the post-midnight merriment. Plump for the Dreamsuite and you can lounge on retro leather sofas sipping a self-made martini from your own bar.

Packing tips

For the perfect Portland playlist, load up your iPod with Elliot Smith, M Ward, The Shins and The Decemberists to play from the in-room docks.

Also

Pets can join the party for US$30 a day.

Children

Although kids are welcome, Jupiter Hotel has grown-up gig-goers in mind.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Cosy red leather booths give a Fifties diner feel to the Doug Fir Lounge, but there’s no greasy spoon menu here – it is all fresh, local and served in mountainous portions. Classic, carby staples such as banana and hazelnut pancakes, grandma’s meatloaf and mac-n-cheese are served along with bottomless Stumptown (a local roaster) coffee all day. There’s also a late-night menu of alcohol-absorbing munchies available until 2.15am.

Hotel Bar

The decor of the Doug Fir Bar is an improbable meeting of space age and cowboy. Futuristic dome shapes are made out of chunky logs and bathed in softly glowing light. Sample the Cowboy Coffee cocktail – a mix of Kahlúa, Tuaca and Frangelico that will keep you going even after the band have gone to bed.

Last orders

The chef hangs up his apron at midnight and the bar closes at 2am.

Room service

The full restaurant menu is available from 7am to 11pm.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Your favourite hipster jeans and battered Converse All-Stars.

Top table

The restaurant doesn’t take bookings but if you can, snag yourself a table on Burnside so you can watch the world go by from the enormous windows. Alternatively swing on your swivel chair at the bar slurping a ‘five-dollar milkshake’.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Right next door to Jupiter Hotel, Le Pigeon (www.lepigeon.com), where food-lovers cluster around the chef’s open bar or the communal tables to watch Gabriel Rucker turn local market produce into delectable and inventive dishes. Just around the corner, Navarre (www.navarreportland.blogspot.com), serving more than 50 wines by the glass, works with regional farmers to produce a menu based on what’s in season, along with the whims of the chef. Ken’s Artisan Pizza (www.kensartisan.com) on the corner of Pine Street is a Portland institution, so make a reservation or bring a book for the queue. The pizzas are wood-fired, chewy, thin-crusted and delicious.

Local bars

With more breweries than Cologne, Portland is the ultimate microbrewery pub-crawl destination. A good place to start is the boho Hawthorne neighbourhood with its sidewalk seating; sit among the pub-going pooches at the Lucky Labrador Brew Pub (www.luckylab.com). Finish your crawl back on Burnside at Holman’s (+1 503 231 1093), one of the city’s oldest drinking dens, where the staff will wet your whistle with a generous measure.

Local cafés

For good old Stumptown coffee and home-baked cookies to dunk in it, SE Ankeny Street’s Crema (www.cremabakery.com) is the local pitstop. 

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Portland pitstop

Jupiter Hotel

800 E Burnside Street, Portland, Multnomah/ OR OR 97214, United States

Planes

Portland Airport is around 15 minutes away. United Airlines (www.unitedairlines.com) fly there from London, connecting in other American cities, including San Francisco and Chicago.

Trains

Portland's Union Station is a five-minute drive from the hotel. Pick up Amtrak services from here all over the land (www.amtrak.com).

Automobiles

From the airport, follow the Banfield Expressway towards the river. Parking at the hotel costs for US$8 a day.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Taj Reid , Accessorising adventurer

Mrs Smith and I thrive on spontaneity. We love the experience of a new city. Both writers, we’ve learned that hunting editorial is about opportunity. Any moment the phone can ring and the next thing you’re launched across the planet to snag an interview. What seems like a quiet week suddenly becomes one of those ‘any moments’. Opportunity is here, and we are ready. Lapto...

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Jupiter Hotel

Anonymous review by Taj Reid, Accessorising adventurer

Mrs Smith and I thrive on spontaneity. We love the experience of a new city. Both writers, we’ve learned that hunting editorial is about opportunity. Any moment the phone can ring and the next thing you’re launched across the planet to snag an interview. What seems like a quiet week suddenly becomes one of those ‘any moments’. Opportunity is here, and we are ready. Laptops, cameras, phones, and clothes are all packed, one last sip of coffee and then, whoosh, wheels up, and we are on the other side of the country in the back of a cab heading towards Portland’s Jupiter Hotel.

After a short history lesson on PDX neighborhoods, our cab pulls into Jupiter’s quaint and narrow driveway. It’s immediately apparent that the hotel is at the heart of a local revitalisation, visible from a collage of industrial buildings, budding boutiques, energetic galleries and cosy coffee shops. Stepping out of the cab, the driver tells us with quiet excitement, ‘This place wasn’t so nice before the Jupiter got here, but now it’s good to see all these artsy kids doing their thing.’ As we approach the modern log-cabin-y check-in area, a group of young locals are perched outside planning the night’s pending activities to see a local band. You can feel their excitement and enthusiasm. They are true music fans. That energy stays with us for the entire weekend.

Three days and two nights ahead and we’re wide-eyed and ready to absorb everything Portland. We can’t wait to check out the local neighborhoods, music scene, street art and restaurants. The Jupiter Hotel is perfect for our on-the-fly schedule. We need a location immersed in the city’s art scene that will also provide a comfortable work environment. Plus, quality food options are a must. And, on each of these points the Jupiter is perfect.

We arrive early, before Jupiter’s standard 3pm check-in time, but it isn’t a problem. After a warm chat with the staff and more coffee – yes, of course it’s Stumptown, and yes, it’s complimentary – we headed to our room. We are feeling a little tired, but our excitement for exploration keeps our energy levels high. Or maybe it’s the caffeine.

Mrs Smith and I survey the scene for outlets, lighting and desk space. Not your most romantic review, sorry, but it’s become a habit. Thankfully the double rooms are well equipped with two workspaces that fit a laptop and notebook. There are outlets galore. And the lighting is adjustable – transform your boudoir from seductive to chemistry-lab-bright with a click. And don’t forget the final aphrodisiac to our technolust: free, speedy WiFi!

Once all the tech logistics are assessed, next to hit these TechSmiths is the slick design. The Jupiter?s creative direction combines industrial monochromatic palettes against pops of daring color. This same dynamic ties in well with their ability to draw outdoor elements inside: grey bedding matched with a grass-green throw pillow or interior decor smacking of urban sophistication juxtaposed with wallpaper illustrating an outdoor autumn scene. It?s clever and classic. Nothing is overstated. And it all orchestrates a very calm room that allows us to be productive.

But no, we didn’t just stay plugged-in in our bedroom throughout. Exiting the lobby, we are struck by the Jupiter’s clever layout and unexpected amenities such as the individual outdoor entries for each room tempered with stylish blue lighting, big windows and doors coated in chalkboard paint waiting for a clever message. And there’s also the most stylish rack of bikes for complimentary rental – perfect for zipping around town.

The revamped motel retains all the charm of its history while embracing modern nuances that chime with current prefab Danish design. What it lacks in overt luxury it makes up for in functionality and unpretentious Portland access. Located in the midst of a transforming neighborhood, the Jupiter lures the community’s creatives into its modern motel-styled environment. This sort of outreach gives its guest a special perspective on the city.

Generally when we travel, dining on the premises isn’t the first choice. The Doug Fir, with its shades of mid-century modernism and cosy log-panelling treats us to great food, sassy cocktails and a buzzing atmosphere. Red-leather booths lend a Fifties diner feel, but the fresh, local ingredients are entirely modish. We can recommend first-hand that you try the 19 Dollar Steak and the Apple Creek Pork Chop. Oh and also, Mrs Smith particularly enjoyed the Two Step – a Cazedores tequila mixed with framboise, peach bitters and lime juice served on the rocks.

The Jupiter plays hosts to the area’s best bands nearly every night of the week. As we order another round of drinks in the lounge, we’re joined by an eclectic array of musicians, fans and spectators – all with a sense of ownership over the cultural movement emerging in East Portland. Usually to find this kind of cultural energy, you would need to venture out into the city; for Jupiter guests it’s great that a part of it lives at the hotel.

To experience this vibrant city’s friendly disposition and emerging cultural scene this is the ideal base. Many hotels try to win visitors with a lot of unnecessary extras, but at the Jupiter they focus on the fundamentals – great service, inspiring design and brilliant functionality all mixed with endless charisma that will make you want to come back time and time again.

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