If you want the ambiance of a luxury lodge with the convenience of being just steps from downtown--and with an insane view of the river to boot--you’re going to want to stay at Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel. This waterfront property is the perfect escape for visitors looking for the best of both worlds: easy access to the city and the outdoors.
The rooms at Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel are luxe in a rustic kind of way, with leather tufted headboards, dark wood furnishings, and nautical-inspired decor. Many rooms come equipped with extra amenities to up the comfy factor, including fireplaces and jetted tubs.
Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel offers a picturesque view of the marina and Willamette River that you won’t want to miss - be sure to request a riverfront room to get the full experience.
The bathrooms at Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel are spacious and well-designed, with plenty of counter space and gorgeous counters. They also come equipped with deep tubs (perfect for soaking) and Atelier Bloem bath products.
The lobby at RiverPlace Hotel is warm and inviting, with a stone fireplace, plenty of plush seating, and rustic furniture (including a coffee table made from repurposed branches). From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., the lobby transforms into a gathering spot for guests, where you can sample local wines, beers, and listen to live music.
There’s no spa at Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel--they bring the spa to you. Just call the front desk and they’ll send up a specialist to give you a massage, facial, or body treatment, all in the comfort of your room.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This should be obvious, but just in case, spa treatments aren’t included in the price of your stay. Make sure you inquire about pricing before you book a treatment.
The fitness center at Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel is top-notch and has everything you need to get in a great workout, including plenty of cardio machines and free weights (they also provide in-room yoga mats, so if you want to get a stretch in before you hit the gym, you’re all set).
Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel just announced the opening of their new restaurant, King Tide Fish & Shell, in April 2018. This restaurant, which will focus on American seafood classics and an extensive raw bar, will open up to amazing views of the Willamette River. While King Tide Fish & Shell will be more of an upscale dining experience, they also plan to host a summer pop-up along the waterfront with more casual dishes like fish tacos and ceviche.
Kimpton RiverPlace hotel has tapped Elizabeth Powell, a big name in the Portland bartending scene and acting president of Oregon Bartender’s Guild, to develop the cocktail menu at King Tide Fish & Shell. In addition to an extensive selection of wine and beers, expect a creative menu of inventive (and seafood-friendly) craft cocktails.
Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel has an incredible location; you’re just steps away from the trails of Tom McCall Waterfront Park and just minutes away from downtown, which is easily walkable and has plenty of access to public transportation. You can also ask the front desk to borrow a complimentary bicycle during your stay so you can explore the city on two wheels. If you do decide to bring a car, it’s $35 per night.
If you find yourself with a hankering for fish thanks to your waterfront location, head to Murata (6-minute walk), where you’ll find some of the best sushi in downtown. If you’re in the mood for something a bit heavier, try Il Terrazzo (3-minute walk), where you can enjoy high-quality traditional Italian fare (the pasta dishes are especially good) with an incredible view of the river.
Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel is a classy place, but one thing Portland is known for is dive bars--and you won’t find a divier spot than Yamhill Pub (11-minute walk), where the beer is cheap and the walls are covered in decades of graffiti (ask the bartender for a Sharpie and leave your mark). If you’re looking for something more upscale, try Kask (10-minute drive), a lounge with a great cocktail menu and a rustic vibe similar to RiverPlace.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel is, hands down, one of the best properties in the city. If you want to experience all the city has to offer, from the hustle and bustle of downtown to the relaxing nature of the waterfront, this is the spot for you.