Portland Hotels

McMenamins Crystal Hotel

  • 303 S.W. 12th Ave. Map It
  • Downtown


  • Historic building with eccentric, rock-star vibe and decor
  • Lots of bars and dining both on-site and on surrounding blocks
  • Shared-bath rooms are extremely affordable


  • Quirky vibe isn't for everyone
  • Shared bath down the hall in most rooms
  • No TVs

Published 01/25/2016

Fodor's Review

Travelers who appreciate good music and good beer—especially together—love this West End branch of the McMenamin brothers' unorthodox empire, which is home to three bars and a restaurant and is affiliated with the Crystal Ballroom concert venue a block away. Built in 1911, the old and creaky building is full of character, having housed everything from a glove factory to an old-time speakeasy to a gay bathhouse. Original art and song lyrics are hand-painted on the navy, green, and terra-cotta walls, and the rock-star vibe extends to rooms, which are each decorated in honor of a musician who's played at the Crystal, including James Brown, Patti Smith, the White Stripes, and Portland's very own Decemberists; reserving a room, in fact, affords ticket availability to sold-out shows at the Crystal Ballroom. The saltwater soaking pool in a cavelike basement provides a steamy place to unwind.

Hotel Information


303 S.W. 12th Ave., Portland, Oregon, 97205, United States

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503-972–2670; 855-205–3930

Hotel Details:

  • 51 rooms, 9 with bath
  • Rate includes: No meals

Published 01/25/2016

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