Yasha Wallin

The Society Hotel

  • Where:Portland, Oregon
  • Why:To visit friends and see what all this Portland hype is about.
  • When:January 2017
  • Who:Me, myself and I
Get a

My minimally chic bed.

Room with a view.

Business lunch.

Toasty lobby vibes.

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

Night light.

Me and my straightjacket bathrobe.

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

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.

How Portland stays cozy.

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


  • Designed By

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

  • Pool/Gym


  • Restaurant

    The Society Cafe

  • Bar

    The café has craft beer, naturally.

  • Minibar


  • Children

    Why not?

  • Price

    Very affordable

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