The Vibe: Swish, stylish and solid.
The Area: In a smart section of downtown Portland in a dense cluster of impressive early 1900s skyscrapers.
The DNA: The Woodlark Hotel is an architectural mix of two adjoining National Historic Register buildings – the 1912 Woodlark Building and the 1908 Cornelius Hotel – which LA-based R&A Architecture & Design, local studio Oculus Inc, and Atlanta-based Smith Hanes have artfully fused into a slick 150-room hotel. The handsome bones of both buildings have been repointed and reinforced, right up to the metal mansard roofs, while the interiors shine with brass inlays, black lacquer and hand-blown glass lights, alongside grey timber floors, 10ft-long leather sofas, and steel and wood spiral staircases in the 20ft-high loft suites on the third storey. This being Portland – a gastronomic hotbed par excellence – it’s no surprise that the kitchen, headed by Doug Adams, is in top form, sending out dishes like a smoked chicken paired with stacks of home-made tortillas, guacamole and green salsa, and dry-aged beef burgers cocooned in twice-cooked onions, butter pickles and mustard mayonnaise.
Suite-Me-Up: The guest rooms are solidly designed, with heavy doors, plush interiors featuring custom-designed floral wallpaper, accent walls, brass and marble fittings in the bathrooms and velvet upholstery.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 150 rooms (21-24m2), including 14 suites (32-62m2) • hotel opened: 2018 • architecture & interior design: OFFICEUNTITLED, Smith Hanes, Oculus Inc. • bathroom amenities: MiN • parking possible nearby (charged) ✅ pets welcome, no charges • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible