McMenamins Crystal Hotel is a fun and unique hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon. Situated within walking distance of many popular tourist attractions. Read on for five reasons we think you should choose Crystal Hotel next time you visit Portland.
1. Location, Location, Location
Crystal Hotel, in the Pearl District, puts you close to many of the most popular tourist attractions. Some of our favorites are listed below.
Powell’s City of Books (1005 W Burnside St): 3-minute walk. You need a map to find your way through this place.
Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Ave): 15-minute walk. If you have a Bank of America card, you can get in for free on the first weekend of each month. Check out the Museums on Us Participant Roster for more information.
Voodoo Donuts (22 SW 3rd Avenue): 15-minute walk. Voodoo Donuts (22 SW 3rd Avenue): 15-minute walk. Voodoo donuts are very famous in Portland and probably the entire Pacific Northwest. They do make great donuts! However, there is usually a long line, so be ready to wait. Also, it’s important to note that they only take cash. It’s not fun to wait for 30 minutes just to find out you can’t buy anything.
Crystal Ballroom (1332 W Burnside St): Across the street. This is the place that inspired the décor of the Crystal Hotel’s rooms. For live music check out their events calendar.
Tasty N Alder (580 SW 12TH AVE): 5-minute walk. This is a fantastic restaurant for breakfast. The food is excellent; the restaurant is classy and sophisticated but still affordable! There are many places to eat in Portland, but you don’t want to miss out on Tasty N Alder!
Food Trucks: Portland has more than 500 food trucks located all over the downtown area. My favorite group of carts is the Alder pod. This group is within walking distance of the hotel. My favorites are Rolling Gourmet Fusion (Asian Fusion), and Le Camel (Moroccan).
Nightlife: 5-10-minute walk depending on where you are heading. After 10 PM on the weekends the blocks between W. Burnside St., N.W. Everett St., N.W. Second Ave. and N.W. Fourth Ave are closed to traffic. This is important if you are driving. You might have parked on one of these streets on Thursday evening, but if you do on Friday or Saturday, you will get towed. Portland is also well-known for many LGBT-friendly bars.
Pioneer Courthouse Square: 10-minute walk. You can always find something interesting happening there. There are often outdoor concerts, expos, dance performances and more. It’s also an excellent place for people watching.
Those are just a few of the of the downtown attractions that make Crystal Hotel a great place to stay.
2. You don’t even need to leave the hotel
Crystal Hotel offers many amenities all in the same building. In the basement, there’s a saltwater soaking pool to relax and unwind in. It’s open until 1 AM! On the first floor, you can have meals at Zeus Café. If you want some evening entertainment and a drink, head to Al’s Den or Ringlers Annex,
3. The rooms
Each room has a theme. They are beautifully decorated with a theme from a song or performance given at the Crystal Ballroom.
4. Close to MAX stops
If you don’t drive, or if you choose to park further away from the hotel you can easily get around with the MAX. The Galleria/SW 10th Ave MAX stop is less than 10-minutes walking from the hotel. Parking around the hotel can get expensive. The hotel does not offer parking. There are several options around the hotel. Check out this article on parking in Portland for some affordable alternatives.
5. National Registry of Historic Places
Stay in a hotel listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The original name of the hotel was Hotel Alma, which is the name listed in the registry.
We enjoyed this hotel, but there are a couple of important things to note. Crystal hotel is downtown. That means that you won’t have peace and quiet. The city starts collecting garbage early in the morning, people stay out late on the weekends, and there is always traffic going by. If you are a light sleeper, this might not be a good choice for you. Also, not all rooms have bathrooms. The room we stayed in did not have one (it did have a sink). The bathroom was right across the hall. It was kept very clean, and we never had to wait. The beautifully decorated rooms and the proximity to Powell’s and the food carts made Crystal Hotel a fantastic choice for us!
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