To Portland’s newest hotel on the block (or city), the Hi-Lo Hotel! Ahhh, there’s just something so refreshing about checking in to a hotel with only 66 reviews. Yeah, that’s how new we’re talking. The hotel opened in April and I loved getting to explore somewhere that I had no expectations of how it was going to look inside. The Hi-Lo hotel breathes a twist of chic, minimal originality to Portland that the city is so desperately needing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving PDX so far – but let me tell you, this gal was happy to walk into a lobby full of crisp light, gold, and millennial pink, facts.
The hotel has 120 ‘raw + refined’ rooms, a luxurious hotel bar, an adjoined mexican restaurant (a guac fix in your hotel. I mean… Where’s the heart eye emoji when I need it?), and a swing in the lobby. You know, just for hanging out. Get it?
And I’m not kidding. The Hi-Lo hotel doesn’t over-complicate things. The rooms aren’t huge, and there’s no frills about it. With exposed concrete walls, repurposed wood paneling, and heated floors – the hotel switches up everything we think about design.
Our stay here was unique and I’m all about something different. But no fear, the comfort level is still 100% there on every level. That king size bed is dre-ee-ea-my! It’s easy to get cozy at night with the hanging light fixtures and to get some morning pep-in-your-step thanks to the room’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Therefore, we actually ended up sleeping in until 11am here because the curtains were so. dang. good. Bonus points, kudos, 4 for you Hi-Lo hotel – because there’s very few things better than some stellar black out curtains.
I don’t know how else to describe this lobby other than ugh, yes, I dare say it, #interiorgoals. Somehow forest green, pale blue, and pink all just look v amazing together. Not to mention, those gold light fixtures! When we we’re photographing the hotel for our blog, I keep pestering my boyfriend “don’t forget the lights!!! are the lights in the shot?” and so on, so forth. This place is the idea of what a hotel lobby in 2017 should look like – stunning. From the cowhide rugs to the marble flooring and greenery the Hi-Lo hotel got it all right.
Can we take a second and appreciate this swing? There’s two in the lobby – one in the seating area and one in the Lo Bar. So there’s enough fun to go around. The Hi-Lo is filled with eccentric accents that make the industrial space feel inviting and playful, yet sophisticated. I loved the unique pieces of art adorning the walls as well as ‘The Merchant’ – a designated area that sells all things Portland-made from wine to candles. PDX is known for its uniqueness and local loyalty, so it’s no exception at the Hi-Lo Hotel.
Modern, Mexican, Margaritas – all sum up the hotel’s restaurant: Alto Bajo. The cuisine is Modern-Mexican, so it takes a fun spin on your average Mexican dishes. We decided to take the leap + go for the full spread as you can see. #NothingCanHoldUsBack. Our favorites include the Tuna Ceviche, Mushroom Empanadas, and the Horchata Margaritas. Which were honestly, one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had. The restaurant itself is adorable and was most definitely giving me some major Tulum vibes.
Furthermore, the service is incredible and we felt completely taken care of during our meal there. Which, is always something that takes any meal up a notch for me. Alto Bajo also serves breakfast in the morning and provides all day room service, so if you can’t be bothered to get of your robe – they’ve got you.