Hide away from the rain by exploring this impressive hotel. Follow the art show down the stairs into the light and bright basement level to find a generous business center with free high-speed Internet connections and printers, a squeaky-clean, fully equipped gym and a modest-sized meeting room adorned with yet more adventurous contemporary art, sure to leave an impression on the design-oriented clients that frequent this interior-design-award-winning property.
Ascend up one of the two shiny elevators, adorned with black-and-white photographs of Hollywood and American political elite (all shot by Portland native David Hume Kennerly, who made his name capturing American presidents on film), and you'll find the stylish, cozy guestrooms. Because of the historical nature of the building, they're on the small side. But what they lack in square footage, they make up for in sophistication, with features like leather headboards, which make reading in bed a pleasure. They also have impeccable linens with some of the fluffiest down duvets we've ever seen, sleek yet tiny bathrooms with see-through glass vanities, high-tech Sony CD players, and metropolitan views of downtown "Stumptown" (Portland's nickname) with pine-studded hills beyond. For picky sleepers, a "pillow menu" offers nearly ten styles of pillow, from the softest goose down to high-tech foam. For those traveling with their four-legged friends, the hotel is very dog friendly, with an entire floor (the fourth) dedicated to canines and their loyal owners.
The hotel feels like an art gallery, and the lobby and guestrooms inspire the guests to feel as if they're in a living museum. But the most notable aspect of this property is that everyone you encounter—from the bellhop to the maid staff — is incredibly friendly, always willing to joke about the weather, inform you about a day trip to the Columbia River Gorge, or recommend a new restaurant in this city that is enjoying a wonderful coming of age. Like Portland, the Hotel Lucia seems to be at that seminal moment of transition — it doesn't yet know it's the coolest digs in town, but it's about to figure it out... so hurry.