​​Portland’s latest hotel welcomes the unique history of the city’s Eastside.


BY: cyties Contributing writer

Sometimes structures are like the cover of a book. The chapters within a building are each decade or century, offering a different story for the purpose of the foundation. Everybody loves a comeback, and in a full circle, the original details of a 20th-century hotel have been awoken by North 45 and Palisociety. The doors have swung open to this marvelous building originally built in 1908, formally the Chamberlian Hotel, now reborn as the Hotel Grand Stark.  

The hotel embodies the pure and independent spirit of the PNW, featuring 57 bespoke rooms paying homage to the rich history of Portlands now vibrant Central Eastside. Bold greens and bright woods lead the boutique design of Stark, with custom millwork and tile found throughout the rooms and hallways—a slight touch of marble resides in certain areas within the wood, like a dollop of foam on a cortado.

When checking in at the lobby, you’ll notice a deli-style eatery off to the side, perfect for a day’s recharge before switching from day vibes to nighttime antics. Off to the back is a re-envisioned watering hole known as Bar Chamberlain. Grab a seat and soak in an imbibe before a dinner reservation—or with a good book.

Guests are spoiled to the gills with a 24-hour concierge, and if you’re traveling with your four-legged best friend, the hotel is pet-friendly with curated amenities to your fido. There’s always a reason to visit Portland, and now there is a new one born from the old. So toss on your wool layer and lace up those Hit The Concrete boots to write your own part of this chapter… welcome to your new abode in The City of Roses.