I've never had accommodations anywhere that so perfectly complemented its locale. Portand is a charming city that is at once quirky, rebellious, and friendly; it's old school and progressive at the same time and in the right way. And what could be more old school & progressive than an old elementary school converted into a hotel?
This is not a downtown hotel. It's in a northeastern Portland neighborhood that the school once served. However, though it caters to visitors, it is as much a part of the community as ever. It hosts civic events, art shows, community awareness talks, and even City of Portland meetings. It has a community garden in the back for nearby residents. The soaking tub attracts many locals, including families (hotel guest have exclusive use at night from 8-10pm. There are no staff uniforms here; the employees almost seem like local volunteers. They have always been friendly and helpful. This is true in the bars and restaurant as well, though the service there can seem slow. They aren't trying to turn tables; they're happy for you to occupy a table with friends all night. This is not a place to come if you like a sense of urgency.
This was my third stay here. It's my Portland home and I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else.More