With twinkling lights and jazz music floating through the streets in the midst of bustling city life, McMenamins Crystal Hotel is situated in one of the hottest areas of downtown Portland, Oregon. Inspired by the rock ‘n’ roll history of the nearby Crystal Ballroom, the Crystal Hotel has earned its title as one of the coolest and quirkiest hotels in this area of the Pacific Northwest.
The Crystal Hotel boasts 51 rooms that are wonderfully quirky and eclectic. And each one is uniquely named after a song or performance that happened during the Crystal Ballroom’s 100-year history. With gold lyrics scripted across the vividly painted walls, retro tasseled lampshades, and fabulously crafted headboards, each room is equal parts cozy, tasteful, and completely on theme.
First-floor restaurant, Zeus Café, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, using fresh Northwest ingredients, and featuring seasonal dishes and house-made desserts. And with an extensive spirit, wine, and craft cocktail list, this is a sophisticated café available for your refreshment from early morning until late night.
Set below street level, hotel’s saltwater Soaking Pool ebbs and flows in the midst of bustling downtown Portland. Hotel overnight guests can unwind after a long day of exploring or before heading to the Crystal Ballroom for a concert.
Al’s Den is a cozy and intimate basement bar and music venue. It’s loved by both locals and visitors for its cool, intimately secretive, and classic speak-easy atmosphere. The coolest part? This super chill hangout is named after Alfred Winter – a gambling tycoon, who ran his lucrative empire that spanned the Pacific Northwest in the 1940s, right from this very basement den.
Today, the hotel holds live music nightly, artist residencies and more. Venture through Al’s Den to Ringlers Annex, a hub with a speakeasy feel for enjoying a creatively crafted beverage—upstairs or downstairs, inside or out.
According to mcmenamins.com; theadventuresatlas.com. Source of photos: internet