Last year, we took a tour of 10 Pacific Northwest hospitality projects in the works. Since then, six of these ambitious properties have opened—in Portland, from a Pearl District Hampton Inn to downtown's Hi-Lo Hotel, right above Huber's. (We can practically smell the Spanish coffee.) Four remain in the works, with another seven since announced, adding to an urban hotel boom that shows no sign of slowing down.
But there's another hospitality story unfolding here, and it's happening outside the city. In the past year, we rhapsodized about the debut of a new (old) wilderness lodge in the Wallowas; in December, we announced the imminent opening of Oregon Coast's first new luxury hotel in decades. Yet more exciting destinations hover on the horizon, with a design-focused boutique hotel in the heart of wine country scheduled to open this spring, along with an elegant, tropical-themed McMenamins hotel on the north banks of the Columbia River.
So whether you’re putting up out-of-town guests, planning a Portland staycation, or angling for a new out-of-town berth to rest your head, the Pacific Northwest is set to have fresh lodging accommodations on offer for years to come.
Can we expect the new hotel trend to hold? Looking backward is a bit tricky; Travel Portland's 2017 numbers aren’t yet out. (2016 numbers cited 9.1 million overnight person-trips in the Portland metro region, for a 2.5 percent increase over 2015.) Looking forward, however, we bet that the area will welcome ever larger waves of tourists, hungry for a taste of the Pacific Northwest. Here’s where they’ll be staying.