Yasha Wallin

The Society Hotel

  • Where:
  • Why:To visit friends and see what all this Portland hype is about.
  • When:January 2017
  • Who:Me, myself and I
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The Society Hotel My minimally chic bed.

My minimally chic bed.

The Society Hotel Room with a view.

Room with a view.

The Society Hotel Business lunch.

Business lunch.

The Society Hotel Toasty lobby vibes.

Toasty lobby vibes.

The Society Hotel The wall panels behind reception are made from original doors of the building’s first life – a hotel for sailors dating back to 1881.

The wall panels behind reception are made from original doors of the building’s first life – a hotel for sailors dating back to 1881.

The Society Hotel Night light.

Night light.

The Society Hotel Me and my straightjacket bathrobe.

Me and my straightjacket bathrobe.

The Society Hotel Expect all the Portland staples here like craft beer, almond milk, Matcha, and the previously pictured avocado toast - yum.

Expect all the Portland staples here like craft beer, almond milk, Matcha, and the previously pictured avocado toast - yum.

The Society Hotel Over the years the building has housed everyone from sailors, Jewish merchants, Gypsy royalty, Japanese immigrants, and me. There are nods to this rich history throughout the floors, with old newspaper clippings, recycled materials, and the original stained glass intact.

Over the years the building has housed everyone from sailors, Jewish merchants, Gypsy royalty, Japanese immigrants, and me. There are nods to this rich history throughout the floors, with old newspaper clippings, recycled materials, and the original stained glass intact.

The Society Hotel How Portland stays cozy.

How Portland stays cozy.

The Society Hotel It was 28 degrees when I was there, but magical nonetheless because we had rare sunny days.

It was 28 degrees when I was there, but magical nonetheless because we had rare sunny days.

Highs & Lows

  • It’s all about the lobby and café (and in the summer the rooftop). The fireplace was always going, and it has a warm, casual vibe for partaking in what Portland does best: drinking coffee and talking politics.

  • It’s perfect for anyone on a budget. Whether you want something super affordable (one of the shared rooms) or more privacy (your own suite with bathroom), you’ll be well taken care of without breaking the bank.

  • Rarely have I encountered friendlier staff.

  • Instead of calling down to the front desk they have a texting concierge to ask anything: where’s the best restaurant in the city, can you bring me Tylenol for my hangover, etc.

  • Let’s just say the neighborhood has some very colorful personalities, so not amazing for walking around at night.

  • The walls are thin, so I counted sheep whilst my neighbor snored. The plus side: they provide free earplugs.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 45/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Victorian Clubhouse: hostel, private suites and a cute cafe.

  • Vibe

    Crafty contemporary

  • Location

    In Chinatown / Old Town

  • Rooms

    24 private rooms with shared bathrooms, 12 suites, 1 bunker room with 24 beds.

  • Music

    Radiohead, and other melancholy hits (when in Portland, go emo).

  • Year Opened

    2015

  • Designed By

    Owners Matt Siegel, Jonathan Cohen, Jessie Burke and Gabe Genauer.

  • Health & Wellness

    No

  • Restaurant

    The Society Cafe

  • Bar

    The café has craft beer, naturally.

  • Minibar

    No

  • Children

    Why not?

  • Price

    Very affordable

  • Website

    Visit website

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