San Francisco has the Phoenix. Los Angeles has the Standard Hotel. Now Portland has the rock star–worthy Jupiter Hotel. Carved out of a 1960’s motel and set around two courtyards, the hotel has 80 basic rooms (call them crash pads), outfitted with white platform beds and wallpapered in floor-to-ceiling nature scenes. Next door, in a Modernist log cabin, Doug Fir Lounge draws an eclectic crowd—artsy urbanites, bikers in black leather, aging hippies—for blackberry Cosmos and late-late-night comfort food (croque-monsieur at 4 a.m., anyone?). Cult rock acts such as Helmet and the Secret Machines play nightly. A word to the wise: the party rages on until the wee hours most nights, so if you want to get any sleep at all, be sure to ask for a room overlooking the “quiet courtyard.”
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.