Review: Hi-Lo Hotel, Autograph Collection in Portland Oregon
Branded as “Welcome Wanderer”, the Hi-Lo Hotel, which is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection has quickly become our favorite hotel in Portland Oregon due to its convenient location, the comfort and style of the rooms, the staff, and the benefits offered for Marriott Rewards members.
If a hotel and West Elm had a love child, it might just end up looking like the Hi-Lo Hotel’s interior; it’s modern, unassuming, mildly funky, and while the colors might seem a little odd, they blend and make you wonder at the creative design genius of it all. For some things, the hotel’s design captures some of Portland’s vibe in a refined and upscale way.
History of the Building:
While the Hi-Lo is a new hotel that opened in 2017, its 120 rooms are housed in the historic Oregon Pioneer Building, which was originally known as the “Railway Express Building” built in 1910. The hotel conversion was approved because it was deemed by the Bureau of Development Services that the exterior renovations “did not compromise the historic integrity of the building“. With so much development everywhere, it is nice to see the historic preserved and re-purposed to integrate with the boom of tourism in Portland as of the last 5 years or so.
While the rooms are not large, they are well designed to maximize comfort and functionality. The rooms include reclaimed wood from Portland for a rustic contrast against all the other modern aspects, the polished concrete and even the gold fixtures in the bathroom.
The Deluxe King rooms we have stayed in have had a rainforest shower. We love the local toiletries from Maak Lab (retail store a few blocks away from the hotel) in full sized bottles that are refilled by housekeeping to minimize waste.
I think one of my favorite parts of the room is the bathrobe; it’s a huge white plushy robe that’s super soft and keeps you warm and cozy.
Unfortunately, one of the biggest drawbacks of this hotel is one that plagues many renovated rooms in historic buildings; soundproofing! The soundproofing is very poor in the rooms so unless you’re on the top floor, you can expect to hear noise from the other rooms. We were quite surprised to hear the toilet flush in the room next door to us as well as other noise from the other rooms. You can hear some of the noise from outside but I do recall a similar issue when we stayed at The Nines due to the MAX trains. In cases like this, we tend to not fault the hotel but to be prepared; we pack earplugs.
The Restaurant – Alto Bajo:
We have only had breakfast at Alto Bajo but have enjoyed the Portlander (fresh seasonal fruits, toast, granola and yogurt). They only serve drip coffee which suits us just fine but others seem to complain about this.
The hotel only has valet parking, which is also another drawback so you may want to park in one of the lots nearby if that’s not to your liking. There is also street parking depending on the time of day and day of week you are there.
If you’re looking for a comfortable stay in a hotel that does luxury without being too pretentious, this is a great hotel for you. It’s conveniently located in Portland if you want to explore downtown and beyond. We’ve already booked for our annual trip to Portland for the Oregon Brewers Festival!