- Style Mid-modern motel
- Setting Portland pitstop
Not that Portland needs to prove its hipster or music street cred, but, if it did, the Jupiter Hotel would certainly tip it over the edge. This striking mid-century motel built around an excellent retro-futurist lounge and restaurant also happens to be one of the city’s coolest music venues. The rooms are stylish and casual, with big wallpapered murals. If you don’t want to party into the wee hours with whoever is playing that night, be sure to ask for a room on the quiet side of the hotel, which is surprisingly peaceful.
Need to know
- Rooms 80 including one suite.
- Rates Double rooms from $129.00, excluding tax at 14.5 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast.
- Facilities Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, air-conditioning.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible depending on availability; check-in, 3pm.
Children Although kids are welcome, Jupiter Hotel has grown-up gig-goers in mind.
- Also Pets can join the party for US$30 a day.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Ask for a room on the quiet side if you don’t want to join in the post-midnight merriment. Plump for the Dreamsuite and you can lounge on retro leather sofas sipping a self-made martini from your own bar.
- Packing tips For the perfect Portland playlist, load up your iPod with Elliot Smith, M Ward, The Shins and The Decemberists to play from the in-room docks.
- Also All the bedroom doors have been coated in blackboard paint and you can while away entire mornings checking out your neighbours’ nocturnal creativity.
Food and drink at Jupiter Hotel
- Hotel restaurant Cosy red leather booths give a Fifties diner feel to the Doug Fir Lounge, but there’s no greasy spoon menu here – it is all fresh, local and served in mountainous portions. Classic, carby staples such as banana and hazelnut pancakes, grandma’s meatloaf and mac-n-cheese are served along with bottomless Stumptown (a local roaster) coffee all day. There’s also a late-night menu of alcohol-absorbing munchies available until 2.15am.
- Dress code Your favourite hipster jeans and battered Converse All-Stars.
- Top table The restaurant doesn’t take bookings but if you can, snag yourself a table on Burnside so you can watch the world go by from the enormous windows. Alternatively swing on your swivel chair at the bar slurping a ‘five-dollar milkshake’.
- Last orders The chef hangs up his apron at midnight and the bar closes at 2am.
- Room service The full restaurant menu is available from 7am to 11pm.
- Hotel bar The decor of the Doug Fir Bar is an improbable meeting of space age and cowboy. Futuristic dome shapes are made out of chunky logs and bathed in softly glowing light. Sample the Cowboy Coffee cocktail – a mix of Kahlúa, Tuaca and Frangelico that will keep you going even after the band have gone to bed.