CHECKING IN | THE HOXTON HOTEL PORTLAND, OREGON
I can’t count on one hand the number of people who asked... why Portland? And the truth is it’s not a very interesting story, but I’ll tell you anyway…
When I got married last year, the pressure of picking a ‘honeymoon’ destination was slightly overwhelming. I’m lucky enough to have travelled a fair bit when I was younger and it’s something my husband and I have continued to prioritise throughout our relationship. The truth is we didn’t have a single destination in mind and we also didn’t feel the need to spend a fortune on a trip as weddings aren’t cheap to start with. We knew we wanted to go away immediately after the wedding for some time alone, to breathe after the build up to our intimate wedding. But where? We ended up looking at Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas, immediately we knew we would have to plan a road trip for the future. When it came to actually booking things, it seemed we could only get a week off work and flying all the way to the USA would be less relaxing than heading somewhere nearer home.
Alas, by this point we had added Portland to the bucket list and vowed we would explore the City of Roses. Luckily for us this trip came sooner than we anticipated. One of our most visited hotel chains announced they were opening a new site and a few months later we found ourselves checking into The Hoxton in Oregon.
Having stayed at five out of the seven existing Hoxton Hotels, I can confidently say I know what to expect. Contemporary yet comfortable interiors paired with friendly, approachable service plus welcomed insider knowledge. The complimentary breakfast bags are a bonus when it comes to ensuring jet lagged induced hanger stays at bay. And the complimentary international calls mean checking in on your plant and pet sitters has never been more convenient. With that in mind, the hotel is pet friendly and filled with greenery so you should feel right at home amongst the velvet sofas and industrial lighting. Within the building there are plenty of options when it comes to refuelling, the coffee shop will serve you cappuccinos and matcha lattes from 6am whilst the speak easy opens at 4pm to cater to your cocktail and late night America-Chinese food desires. Don’t miss the rooftop taqueria where the views compliment the mezcal perfectly.
When The Hoxton opened in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown, it was their first edition on west coast USA. Whilst for some this will be a surprise, the location does not disappoint. In a city that’s celebrates local produce and the many creatives who call it home, you are minutes from the best independent shops and some of my favourite local eats.