Portland has a rich history of embracing outsiders. The recently renovated Society Hotel in Old Town Chinatown is carrying on the tradition.
The iconic Mariner’s Building was first opened in 1881 by the Seaman’s Friend Society as a refuge
for sailors fleeing dangerous conditions on ships. From Japanese immigrants to gypsy royalty,
this hotel has been an enduring host to its community.
The unique Italianate facade and elegant cast-iron entrance welcome travelers in for a closer look. The
hotel’s interior models the idea that form follows function. Hostel-style bunk beds spark casual conversation while more private, modest quarters share bathrooms and less face time.
Exposed brick and industrial lighting frame the first floor cafe. Choose from Portland’s finest craft beers,
roasted coffees, wines, and fresh pastries from co-owner, Posies Bakery. A must-see is the rooftop
observation deck with a lovely 360-degree view of the city, including the Willamette River and the stunning Cascade
Roam the streets like a local by bike or on foot. Visit Lan Su Chinese Garden, explore dozens of art galleries in adjacent Pearl District, or pick up a tasty concoction at world-famous Voodoo Donuts.
You’ll never feel like a stranger in Portland.
Written by Lauren Lanier