Luxury and style at a Portland landmark
331 Rooms / 13 Suites
A luxurious spot in the center of downtown Portland, Oregon, The Nines, A Luxury Collection Hotel occupies the same historic building where Clark Gable once worked. The storied history of the building dates back to the early 1900s, when it helped anchor Portland’s downtown with the flagship Meier & Frank department store. Gable was destined for more, and as it turns out, so was the stunning glazed terra cotta building. Now inhabiting the top nine floors, The Nines boasts thoughtful, but subtle homages to its fashionable past with original art decorating its walls, elegant finishings in rooms and even the occasional artfully displayed mannequin. The hotel is LEED silver-certified and is on the registry of historic buildings, too. The Nines embraces the indigenous qualities of its surroundings with nods to the Pacific Northwest in the natural building elements and more than 400 commissioned pieces from local artists. In a city where rustic casualness is the de facto style choice, The Nines offers a much-needed dose of glamour.
Comfortable and well-appointed rooms feature views of downtown Portland and Pioneer Courthouse Square. Stay in one of the rooms overlooking the atrium and peek down on the luxury hotel’s Urban Farmer restaurant and gathering areas — you’ll be able to truly appreciate the architectural and design flourishes. Pops of turquoise complement the metallic and cream color scheme in the contemporary rooms complete with tufted headboards, comfortable beds, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, ample-sized desks and 24-hour room service. The sleek bathrooms feature the BeeKind Collection of bath and body products from Gilchrist & Soames, marble vanities, chic wallpaper designs and gorgeous light fixtures. Thoughtful touches include a shaving mirror, salon-style hairdryer and cozy terry cloth robes.
Portland is known for its dining scene, and the fact that two of the city’s popular restaurants are located within The Nines, speaks volumes about them. Urban Farmer is in the open atrium of the hotel and boasts warm, sustainable and natural building materials and a creative farm-to-table menu. Executive chef Matt Christianson emphasizes local, organic sourcing and straightforward presentations that have redefined the modern Portland steakhouse. Order brunch (the Highland Oak grass-fed sirloin eggs benedict and housemade English muffins will have you coming back for more) or make a point later in your day to stop at the bar for a very Pacific Northwest beverage. The cocktail list showcases Oregon craft distilleries and draft beer selections produced within Portland city limits.
Departure is Portland’s highest open-air rooftop restaurant and bar, located on the 15th floor of The Nines. With views of downtown, the Willamette River, Mt. Hood and Mount St. Helens, this light-filled space offers a long sake list and an incredible dining experience. Fan favorite Top Chef contestant Gregory Gourdet has designed accessible pan-Asian cuisine that takes advantage of the rooftop garden and beehives. Diners are treated to a diverse menu with choices like crispy pork belly, Dungeness crab fried rice and bibimbap. The clean and modern décor is lovely, but if the weather is nice, you can’t beat a table on the terrace outside.
With Pioneer Courthouse Square, the city’s “living room,” across the street and the central business district as well as world-class shopping and dining within walking distance from the Portland hotel, it’s an optimal home base for visitors to the City of Roses. The MAX light rail line stop is steps from the entrance and the streetcar is only a couple blocks away.
Indulge in nightly turndown service, same-day laundry and dry cleaning, a large fitness center and an excellent concierge team. The public spaces of the hotel are, in some ways, what help set it apart. The intimate sitting areas in the atrium are a great place to unwind after a busy day or to sip on a glass of wine before dining at one of the restaurants in the hotel. Be sure to find The Library, tucked into a private room off of the atrium. Accentuated with dark leathers and walls lined with bookshelves, it’s the ideal place to escape and dive into one of the 3,000 books from the legendary — and local — Powell’s Books. Or bring a friend for a classic cocktail and a game of billiards in the clubby, atmospheric room.