During my recent trip to Portland, Oregon, I had the opportunity to stay at The Nines Hotel. I had stayed there a few years ago on a recent trip, and had heard they had undergone a refresh since then, so I was interested to check it out.
The Nines is adjacent to Pioneer Square in the heart of downtown SW Portland. You’re next to Portland’s light rail train, MAX, which makes it extremely convenient to get to the airport, and the streetcar which you can take to almost anywhere around downtown Portland. The streetcar was convenient before the likes of Uber, Lyft, and Fare showed up, and even with all the options we have now, it’s still a super convenient way to get around town.
The Nines is a luxury, modern hotel, and it shows with their service. During our stay we had a complimentary cheese plate delivered to the room just after we arrived and turn down service including the always welcomed chocolate on the pillow.
I can’t comment on all the rooms, but the one room suite we stayed in was fantastic. It had everything we needed to enjoy ourselves. If you happen to be staying on the Club Level, there are a few other nice touches to enjoy like the complimentary happy hour. The night we were there there was a tuna fish and avocado salad along what I believe was a cold lobster dish. Both were great along with the selection of beers and wines to wash it all down.
The only downside I found for The Nines was the parking. They only offer valet parking, and it is $47 per night. If you’re concerned about the price there is a well-lit, safe parking garage called SMART PARK about 4 blocks away on SW 4th and Yamhill where it will only cost you $18 per 24 hours.
I only had enough time for a one night stay, so I wasn’t able to explore as usual. They have a restaurant, Urban Farmer, which is a top rated one in Portland as well as a roof top restaurant, Departure, with a bar that has great views of downtown Portland. I didn’t have time to try either, so I’ll have to catch them next time I’m back in town.
Overall, we had a great time. Would I recommend it? Absolutely!