Hello from Hotel Vintage!
It’s been a whirlwind of travel these past few weeks with visits to Austin, Texas and Lake Arrowhead. Paul and I landed in Portland, Oregon this past weekend for my second visit and his first. We LOVE it. It reminds us a bit of our hometown of Toronto and enjoyed the walkability of the downtown core. It’s definitely what’s missing for us in LA. If you’ve never been, you should go.
Portland is ranked the number one city in the US for beer, coffee, bike lanes and dogs. There’s also a bustling food cart scene, lots of great artisans, local shops and unique restaurants to explore.
We had the chance to stay at the newly renovated Hotel Vintage right in the heart of downtown Portland. Nothing was more than a 15-minute walk away or a quick uber ride across the river.
The Room – Our King Reserve Spa Suite featured a separate living room, dining area and deep-soaking tub for two. It truly felt like our own personal apartment in Portland and not a stuffy hotel room. We loved lounging on the big red sectional couch while pouring over guidebooks and city maps and plotting our day.
We had two TVs to choose from and set-up a mini office for two in the dining room to get a bit of work done while we were away. The dark wood furnishings reminded us of Italy and the rich colours gave the space a cozy feeling.
The deep-soaking tub for two in our room!
Amenities – For those traveling with pets, the Kimpton has one of the best pet policies around and offers lots of great treats and amenities for your pooch. Hotel Vintage also offers a game room and lounge on the second floor with a big-screen TV, pool table, video games and shuffleboard.
The hotel just completed a $16 million dollar renovation and features a cool wine theme throughout the building with wine cork art, wine quotes and shades of merlot all over the building. Each guest room is named for an Oregon winery.
Pazzo Ristorante – After a very delayed flight out of LAX, Paul and I were so happy to just drop our bags in our room and plop ourselves downstairs for dinner at Pazzo Ristorante. The vibe is like your favourite casual upscale Italian restaurant with authentic thin-crust pizzas and house made pastas. It was exactly what we needed to ease into our vacation.
If you’re thinking pizza, I would definitely order the Fennel Sausage Pizza ($17, above) again. It features a generous crumbling of sausage with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, garlic and broccoleaf. It was not overly salty and the crust had the perfect balance of crunch and chewiness.
In need of some green, we started with the Local Autumn Greens Salad ($9) which was simple and well-tossed in a sherry vinegar dressing. For our mains, Paul and I split the Pappardelle ($25) with big chunks of beef and a hearty tomato sauce. The egg pasta was incredibly fresh and a great way to showcase the sauce.
Our next dish was the 10 Hour pork Shank ($29) which is braised for 10 hours into tender fall off the bone pieces and served with creamy polenta and Marsala jus. It was a warm and hearty pick for a cold and windy night in Portland. We were definitely craving comfort food and ended with a slice of Chocolate Cake for a decadent night out.
Kimpton Wine Hour – One of my favourite things about Kimpton hotels is their complimentary wine hour that runs from 5-6 pm daily at the Hotel Vintage. We sampled a different Oregon-based winery each night and had the chance to chat with a purveyor from the winery as well.
Brunch at Pazzo did not disappoint! My Eggs Florentine ($15) came on a lovely piece of crusty ciabatta bread with spicy capicollo, spinach, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce on the side. The dish came with oven roasted potatoes and proved to be a hearty and delicious start to our day.
Paul exclaimed that this was some of the best French Toast ($14) he’s ever had. It must again be the bread and the perfect balance in the batter. This dish was served up with sausage links, bacon or ham.
We didn’t have time for a ride this time around, but Hotel Vintage does offer free bicycle rentals to get around town or to ride around the river. Additionally, there is a small 24-hour gym in the basement and complimentary yoga mat in each guestroom to use during your stay.
Definitely check out Hotel Vintage or any of the quirky and cool Kimpton properties next time you’re in Portland! We had fabulous service and loved the feel of an urban boutique hotel. To learn more visit:
Hotel Vintage Portland
422 S.W. Broadway, Portland OR 97205