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.


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.


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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