McMenamins Crystal Hotel

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

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.


  • 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


Phones: 503-972–2670 | 855-205–3930


51 rooms, 9 with bath
Rate Includes: No meals