by Albert Rodriguez -
SGN A&E Writer
On the borderline about where to stay in Portland next month for the Madonna show? Well, don't just stand there; let's get to it! As the big night approaches, on Saturday, October 17, you might want to book your hotel now if you haven't already, instead of being sorry. The pop icon's 'Rebel Heart Tour' is skipping Seattle, likely because she appeared back-to-back nights here in 2012 for the 'The MDNA Tour'; she'll play Vancouver, BC's Rogers Arena on October 14, before heading to PDX's Moda Center. The show contains 23 numbers - some are full-length songs, others are mash-ups and medleys - with 10 costume changes, 20 dancers, and features a cross-shaped catwalk with heart-shaped platform. At press time, tickets were still available for the PDX concert at livenation.com.
The Rose City is compact and easy to get around in, and public transportation (MAX Light Rail, Tri-Met, Portland Streetcar) is dependable and inexpensive, so there's no need to dig deeper and deeper in your wallet to get yourself to/from the show. Here are some hotels in Portland near Moda Center, at the Rose Quarter, to consider reserving for the night, or make it a holiday and stay the entire weekend by yourself, or get together with friends. Either way, it's sure to be a celebration!
1021 NE Grand Avenue
Hotel Modera Portland
515 SW Clay Street
Talk about being within crawling distance, the newly opened Hotel Eastlund is next door to the Moda Center, as well as the Oregon Convention Center, and Veterans Memorial Coliseum. This 168-room and suites luxury boutique hotel includes California King or Queen beds, 47-inch smart HDTVs; Keurig brewing systems; USB charging ports, and bathrooms with dual sinks, soak-in tubs and walk-in showers, plus commissioned art pieces by Loui Jover and Badri Valian. Hotel Eastlund was recently featured on USA Today's 10best.com, which stated its 'location cannot be beat.' On the hotel's website, the best available rate for October 17 was $229.00 for a Deluxe City King.
A sister property to the Eastlund is Hotel Modera, situated in the center of PDX's theater district in the southwest section of downtown, by Portland State University. I've stayed at this hotel twice and would jump at the opportunity to do it again, as it puts you within footsteps of the city's top restaurants, lounges, and live entertainment venues. Speaking of restaurants, the hotel's own Nel Centro is an award-winning dining attraction that has become a favorite of guests and locals alike. On the hotel's website, the best available rate for October 17 was $319.00.
400 SW Broadway
729 SW 15th Avenue
614 SW 11th Avenue
Portland-based Provenance Hotels has three properties in the Rose City - Hotel Lucia, Hotel deLuxe, Sentinel - one in Seattle (Hotel Max) and another in Tacoma (Hotel Murano). The Portland hotels are all located in downtown, or nearby Pearl District, and each is stylish, contemporary, and very LGBT-friendly.
Hotel Lucia houses the largest permanent collection of black and white photographs by Oregonian David Hume Kennerly, who won a Pulitizer Prize in 1972 and later served as personal photographer for President Gerald R. Ford. Rooms in this nine-story hotel are furnished with modern amenities and a warm color palette of grays, light yellows and oranges, and matched with dark wood dressers and cabinets. Hotel deLuxe is known for its nostalgic film theme with framed posters and photos throughout its eight floors representing Hollywood's Golden Era. Not only is deLuxe popular for its accommodations, but the Driftwood Room (a personal favorite) is always packed for Happy Hour and on weekend evenings; thus, a great spot to meet a beautiful stranger.
Although the Sentinel is the newest member of Provenance's PDX hotels, the building itself dates back to 1909 and has gone through various transitions, including a short run as the Governor Hotel. But probably its most noted bit of history, at least for LGBT movie fans, is that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gus Van Sant filmed scenes from My Own Private Idaho during a period when it sat as a vacant lot. Today, the Sentinel is renovated and gorgeous from the grand lobby to its rooms, which glisten with Northwest-inspired decor and local amenities, such as Portland Roasting Coffee and Steven Smith Tea. Before the concert, get into the groove at Jackknife on the lobby floor of the Sentinel, where a trendy crowd gathers nightly to enjoy classic cocktails, light bites, and good music. After the show, this is where to find everybody cooling off their fever from the two-hour performance.
On the hotel's website, the best available rate for October 17 for Hotel Lucia was $419.00, Hotel deLuxe was $349.00, and the Sentinel was $429.00.
by Marriott Portland
1150 NW 9th Avenue
Opened in April 2014, this brand name hotel is within a few blocks of Union Station and a stone's throw from a streetcar stop that will deliver you to the Moda Center in less than 5 minutes. Because it's an extended stay property, all 223 guest rooms on six floors are equipped with modern appliances, cookware, dishes, silverware, drinking glasses, and kitchen utensils. Another bonus to staying at the Residence Inn is complimentary breakfast for guests each morning with a buffet-style spread that can include scrambled eggs, biscuits n' gravy, sausage, pancakes, cereal, toast with butter and jams, oatmeal, orange juice, milk, and freshly brewed coffee. Did I mention it has an indoor pool? That's no secret, it's located on the main floor. The Portland Streetcar stop at NW Lovejoy and 9th is two blocks from the Residence Inn and will take you directly to the Rose Quarter, so you can thank your lucky star for not having to stay miles away from all the action. On the hotel's website, the best available rate for October 17 was $239.00.
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