Hotel Lucia, Portland, Oregon – Review

By Jeremy Del Nero on 19 June 2017
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I actually missed the hotel entrance on my first go around the block. Then I saw the unassuming black awning with “Hotel Lucia” and I pulled my rental car up to the front doors. Two doormen were beside my car before it came to a stop and immediately (and warmly) helped with my luggage and parked my car in a nearby lot. After four grueling hours on the road from Seattle to Portland in the pouring rain, this was exactly the welcoming gesture I was looking forward to receiving.

Hotels often have a bright, somewhat sterile and anonymous atmosphere. Not this one. I walked through the massive double glass doors and entered a lounge area, complete with a fireplace and appropriately worn suede upholstered couches and armchairs. Contrasting with the cold drizzle outside, the space emanated warmth and offered refuge from the elements, as a ski lodge might after a long day in the snow. Wood. Leather. Brick.  Thick carpeting with intricate designs. Stone. Brass. Subdued, but not dark, lighting.

A nine-story property with 130 guest rooms, Hotel Lucia is on the smaller side as hotels go. It was built a century ago but recently underwent extensive renovations, lending a touch of modernity to the 20’s speakeasy-style architecture. I felt at home.

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Shortly after I arrived, guests had begun to congregate in the lobby for the hotel’s beer hour (daily from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) that offers complimentary craft brews to hotel visitors. I would join in the merriment on the final day of my stay, but for the time being, I was a little anxious to get settled in my room.

There was no wait to check-in, and in moments I received a key card to my room as well as a key for my room’s locked mini-fridge. After a few Instagram photos of the picturesque lobby and a stop to admire a wall display of iconic and antique cameras, I ascended to the fifth floor. As I walked down the hallway, the faces of former presidents and famous actors, often smiling goofily or striking a less-than-presidential pose, peered out from black and white photographs. (The hotel is essentially a museum of Pulitzer Prize winner and native Oregonian David Hume Kennerly’s work, which is showcased throughout the property.)  I couldn’t resist taking a photo of a print of a smiling Michael Richards (Cosmo Kramer from the Seinfeld TV show) behind the wheel of a convertible.

THE ROOM

My superior King Room may not be the largest room I’ve stayed in, but it was by far one of the most cozy and welcoming. Situated at the end of a corridor, it provided a certain element of privacy. Nothing in the room seemed out of place; the wooden dresser, glass-topped desk, and window-side lounge chair with ottoman all worked well together. Design choices were well realized.

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