Updated: May 21, 2015
Jupiter Hotel Portland Review:The Jupiter Hotel in Portland is located just off of East Burnside, right next door to the great restaurant Le Pigeon. I recently took my wife out for her birthday and she wanted to try the Jupiter Hotel. We planned on eating at Le Pigeon and then catching the concert at the Doug Fir Lounge which is onsite at the hotel. I had read quite a few reviews about the Jupiter Hotel and many were not that great. I must agree with one that said the "boutique hotel" is more like a "boutique motel". The 2 ladies who were at the reception desk were very friendly and quite helpful. They said the hotel used to be an Econo Lodge and was turned into what it currently is about 5 years ago. There is no elevator and the 2 story hotel has all doors that open up to the hallway just outside - kind of a like a Melrose Place setting. The atmosphere is definitely one of younger adults who are looking to have a good time on a weekend night. Many come and stay just for the music show, so the place can be loud. I should have guessed that since they had 2 sets of ear plugs waiting for us in our bedroom.
Actually, the noise wasn't all that bad on the Saturday night we were there (December 2009). What also surprised me when we first entered our room was that there was a condom on the nightstand. Not sure if that is part of their "welcome package" but it seemed strange. The room was decent size, but you could tell that this used to be a rundown motel not too long ago. They have added a fresh paint job with some rooms featuring nice murals. The beds were comfortable, although they were not raised off the ground more than about 18 inches. The bathroom could have definitely used some updating as the tile floor and toilet looked old. The room was very cold as we entered so I assume they try to save on the heating bill in the winter. Would have been nice if it was turned on slightly since they knew we were due to arrive. The parking is limited - there are about 12 spots down below in the underground parking structure. You enter through the entrance on 8th and Burnside - use your room key to open the locked garage door. If parking is full they recommend parking just across the street in the lot next to Imago. We were lucky to get a spot underground and when we left to walk to dinner the parking lot at Imago was already full. Expect parking to be an issue if you don't arrive early. The room rate for us was $119/night - not bad given it was a Saturday night in downtown Portland, but overall I would still say the place is a bit overpriced for what you get. The location is ok if you want to visit the Doug Fir for drinks or a concert, but I think I would rather stay on the other side of the river in the future. The official website is at Jupiterhotel.com - get directions, book a room, find out about their specials, check out the events planned for the Doug Fir Lounge, and much more. The website is done really well, although the pictures for the rooms are a bit misleading - they should show the bathrooms so you can see how they look. The one thing we didn't get to enjoy was the patio which is right outside the reception desk. The night we were there they had a private party who had reserved it. Looked pretty cool with a fire going - maybe we'll go back in the summer time.
Doug Fir Lounge:The Doug Fir Lounge is a restaurant and a bar as well as the location for indie rock n roll in Portland, Oregon. They offer live music almost every night and the crowd gathers early. Most nights the Box Office opens 30 minutes before the doors open (8 PM) and the show starts at 9PM. The shows are all for those 21 years and older. You can buy tickets online or the night of the show. The venue is good sized, but many of the popular acts do sell out in advance. Tickets are about $12 to $15 per show. As for the food, the restaurant is open daily from 7AM to 2:30AM. You can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and they do offer a happy hour from 3 to 6PM. Their website is at Dougfirlounge.com. We had drinks in the bar area and I liked the overall atmosphere and seating. We sat in a little nook just right of the bar and around the corner. It was quiet enough to talk with friends but you could still hear the music playing in the background. Seemed like more of a locals hangout to me.
|Here's the bed - comfortable and modern. More of a futon style bed that was barely 18 inches off the floor.
|Here's the bathroom - updated with new shower curtain, but older style tile and sink.
|Picture from the street looking at the hotel.