Friday, December 14, 2012

Great Sleeps & Good Eats: Hotel Fifty, H50 Bistro & Bar, Portland, Oregon

Hotel Fifty  50 SW Morrison St., S of the Morrison Bridge, downtown, (503) 221-0711.  141 rooms; 5 stories.  Restaurant; bar; room service.  Pass for fitness facility.  Dogs ok.  Self-parking $22, valet $27; valet bicycle parking is free.  Situated south of the Morrison Bridge and across the street from the Willamette River, this pleasant boutique hotel is just a few walkable blocks from downtown shopping.  It is one block from the MAX Light Rail tram stop (and just five stops from the convention center) and has easy access to the popular Pearl District.  Guest rooms offer a choice of a king or two double beds made with high-thread-count white cotton sheets.  Each floor has a soda machine and an ice freezer featuring sanitary pre-packed bags of ice.  This is the first hotel in Oregon to have outlets for electric cars to recharge their batteries.  Occupancy runs 98% in summer, when riverside festivals take place just across the street.

H5O Bistro & Bar ((503) 484-1415. B-L-D daily; $$.  Free valet parking for 2 hrs.).  Many diners never get farther than the bar in front, which has a happy hour from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and all day on Sunday, but those who enter the spacious open dining room get a view of the river across the street.  The menu changes regularly, and the lunch menu might include a large wedge butter lettuce salad with pickled beets, bruchetta topped with sardines and sweet peppers, a tangy bowl of smooth tomato-basil soup, or a juicy house burger.  Cocktails, local wines, draft beers, and sakes are available.

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