Once a mid-century motor lodge, the completely renovated Jupiter Hotel has been transformed into a beautiful—and dog-friendly—boutique hotel, located in one of Portland’s hippest neighborhoods.
We are in the epicenter of the cultural Eastside, with more than 60 of the top bars (one of them adjacent to the hotel, but we’ll get to that later), eateries, breweries and shops nearby.
Upon check-in, we can’t help oohing and awwing over the artwork on display in the lobby—this is the first sign they do things differently at the Jupiter. With the lobby doubling as an art gallery, we are treated to the works of artist Leah Hugon (leahhugonart.com). Her work is a beautiful mix of paintings, drawings and embroidery—all mounted on Plexiglas and hand cut to represent the conversation she wants to create. Next month, there will be a new artist on display, but today we get to enjoy Hugon’s work.
Once we arrive at our room, we get the second sign the Jupiter does things differently—literally—with a welcome note written in chalk on our door. We settle in and order an ice cold bucket of Rogue Brewing’s Dead Guy Ale. Apparently, Portland is the microbrewery capital of the world, so of course we need to celebrate this distinctive honor!
While we sip on a cold one, we check out our room. The Jupiter offers a variety of rooms to fit your needs and your budget. Our room is a Deuce, which features two pillow-top queen beds and down comforters, a 32” flat screen TV, modern Tomita Design desks, eco-friendly amenities, and the aforementioned chalkboard door. Oh, and free wireless internet.
Outside the room is a lovely courtyard, with ample seating and sparkly chandelier lighting, surrounded by lush bamboo. Grab a cup of organic, locally-roasted coffee from the lobby (it’s complimentary) and relax with your four-legged friend—you’ll be amazed at how easy is it to strike up a conversation with fellow Jupiter guests.
It’s time to start thinking food and with Doug Fir Lounge located right next door, it’s definitely an option. Unfortunately, it’s not dog friendly, but you can order room service and the menu is ah-maz-ing (dougfirlounge.com/menus)!
We opt for a restaurant that is dog friendly, the Tin Shed Garden Café, which we’ve mentioned in CityDog before, but it’s worth mentioning again. Why? Because it’s soooo dog friendly! First, dogs enjoy their own menu, with a choice of chicken, ground beef or pork mixed with rice and sweet potatoes plus a dish of peanut butter-banana ice cream for dessert. Second, Tuesday night is Doggie Love Night—for every people item you order, you receive one doggie item free. Third, the Tin Shed has teamed up with the Pixie Project, a Portland non-profit animal adoption center. When you purchase a Tin Shed doggie bandana for $8, all of the proceeds go to the Pixie Project. And fourth, anytime your dog comes to the Tin Shed wearing his bandana, he gets 50% off his doggie dinner. Oh, and the people food is delicious, too!
Back at the Jupiter, things are hopping at the Doug Fir (in addition to a restaurant, it’s also a live music venue). However, we have a big day tomorrow, so we hit the hay—we are headed to Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood for our next adventure, which you can read about here!
800 E. Burnside Street, Portland, Oregon
Phone: 503.230.9200; jupiterhotel.com
Rates start at $149 plus $35 per stay pet fee
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Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.