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Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Portland, Oregon (2024 Updated)

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Lesbiangaybisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the United States have evolved in recent decades. However, LGBT Americans may still face some legal and many social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents, particularly in states with large conservative populations, such as in the Deep South; in rural areas; and in some Native American tribal nations.

U.S. federal law does not explicitly include protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sexual orientation and gender identity are included under “sex” as a prohibited ground of employment discrimination in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the U.S. state of Florida may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity became legal in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas on June 26, 2003, and same-sex marriage has been legal in the state since January 6, 2015.
Oregon is frequently referred to as one of the United States’ most LGBT-friendly states, and is home to an active LGBT community with multiple bars, clubs, venues, events and other establishments. Elected in 2016, Governor Kate Brown is the nation’s first openly bisexual governor.
Portland has a long history of being a  gay friendly town and in downtown we can find a few gay friendly bars as well as Awol Bar or Tremont Lounge & Boscoe’s are the most famous gay bar in Portland, OR.
Portland, Oregon’s largest city, sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. It’s known for its parks, bridges and bicycle paths, as well as for its eco-friendliness and its microbreweries and coffeehouses. Iconic Washington Park encompasses sites from the formal Japanese Garden to Oregon Zoo and its railway. The city hosts thriving art, theater and music scenes


1. Hotel Lucia, a Provenance Hotel 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Portland Oregon

Hotel Lucia, a Provenance Hotel
Hotel Lucia, a Provenance Hotel

Located in downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pioneer Place shopping center. Each stylish guest room offers a flat-screen TV and iPod docking station.

Hotel Lucia features the work of Pulitzer-prize winning photographer, David Hume Kennerly in the guest rooms, corridors and lobby. Complimentary fitness class passes are available at the front desk. Additional features at the hotel include a 24-hour gym. Guests can join the hotel for the nightly Craft Beer Hour.

Lucia’s guest rooms are decorated with mahogany furniture and warm colors. Guests can enjoy the property’s signature wellness and fitness kit in their room, which includes a yoga mat, resistance bands, weights, core ball, and a tablet pre-loaded with fitness videos. American cuisine is available from the hotel’s 24-hour room service.

Hotel details

Set in a 1909 landmark, this chic downtown hotel is 3 blocks from the Pioneer Square North MAX Station and 7 blocks from the Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

The casual rooms feature warm decor, plus pillow-top mattresses, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Suites add sitting areas.

Amenities include 2 eateries, an exercise room, a business center and meeting space. The property is also home to a collection of work by local Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, David Hume Kennerly.

Everyone needs a place to lay their weary head. For travellers visiting Portland, Hotel Lucia is an excellent choice for rest and rejuvenation. Well-known for its romantic environment and proximity to great restaurants and attractions, Hotel Lucia makes it easy to enjoy the best of Portland.

Rooms at Hotel Lucia provide a flat screen TV, a minibar, and air conditioning, and guests can stay connected with free wifi.

In addition, while staying at Hotel Lucia guests have access to 24 hour front desk, a concierge, and room service. You can also enjoy a fitness center and breakfast. Need a place to park? There is paid public parking available on-site.

Close to some of Portland’s most popular landmarks, such as Pioneer Courthouse Square (0.2 mi) and Portland Center Stage at The Armory (0.3 mi), Hotel Lucia is a great destination for tourists.

While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the wine bars, including Noble Rot, Vintner’s Cellar of Oregon, and Coopers Hall, all of which are a short distance from Hotel Lucia.

This hotel has a cool mid-mod vintage aesthetic with cool artsy moments in the lobby and throughout. Great service! Easy check-in and concierge service. Great amenities. You can text anytime for requests, suggestions, etc. great location easy for local restaurants to deliver.

Hotel Lucia (HL) is now a staple in our places to stay while in Portland. It’s downtown location gives it great access to public transportation (TriMet train) to explore the city. The exterior is well lit specifically the SW Harvey Milk St. side where I was able to take a smoke break & not break any rules. To those who are uncomfy when encountering the homeless, take a breathe and simply give them a firm “no” as you keep walking. This part of Portland shouldn’t deter you from staying & exploring downtown or HL. Living in LA, it’s unfortunately part of our city life.

Location is awesome! Lobby is very cool and the coffee and tea is great in the am – they have a craft beer hour from 5:30 to 6:30 so if you enjoy beer this is a nice plus! Rooms are good – very clean – beds are super comfy!
Imperial restaurant is attached which is super convenient – good food and a great vibe!

Everyone we met was super nice and helpful! Will definitely stay again.

Gay Friendly Hotels Portland
Gay Friendly Hotels Portland

How much does a room costs at Hotel Lucia, a Provenance Hotel ?

Prices start 114$/night for Deluxe Queen Room. The Premium King Room is  135$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Flat screen cable TV, iPod docking station and tea and coffee-making facilities are standard in this room. Rooms are styled in dark wood furnishings and modern decor. Original photography by David Hume Kennerly is featured in this stylish room. Complimentary WiFi is included.

Where to book online – Hotel Lucia, a Provenance Hotel –  Gay Friendly Hotels Portland – you can find the best hotels deals in Portland during Portland Rose Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Portland on  or  or  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. McMenamins Crystal Hotel 3*Gay Friendly Hotels Portland OR

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McMenamins Crystal Hotel offers unique accommodation in the heart of downtown Portland. Guests can enjoy multiple on-site bars and live entertainment.

For your comfort, the musically themed rooms feature bathrobes and free toiletries. Detached shared bathrooms located outside of the bedroom are available for guest use.

Free Wi-Fi is provided for all guests at McMenamins Crystal Hotel. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. The on-site restaurant Zeus Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Guests can relax and enjoy live music and weekend comedy shows or take a swim in the subterranean salt water soaking pool.

Set in a building built in 1911, this quirky rock and roll–themed hotel is across the road from the Crystal Ballroom, a 12-minute walk from the Portland Art Museum, and 4 miles from Washington Park.

Eclectic rooms with vivid colors are named after famous musicians, and offer city views and private bathrooms. Suites add en suite facilities. Kids age 6 and under stay at no charge with an adult.

There’s a relaxed restaurant, a casual pub, and a basement bar offering live music. Other amenities include an indoor saltwater pool and a music-themed art gallery.

Located just across the street from the legendary Crystal Ballroom, the Crystal Hotel has 51 comfortable guestrooms, each inspired by a song or performance from the Crystal Ballroom’s past 100 years. Colorfully painted panels and headboards anchor the rooms, while deeply-hued walls, black velvet drapery and animal print upholstery lend a rock ‘n’ roll vibe. Large windows afford views of the city from all angles.
Room rates include admission to the soaking pool and the opportunity to purchase tickets to the Crystal Ballroom show. With the inclusion of the Zeus Café and free live music at Al’s Den, this downtown hotel combines dining, relaxation and rock and roll history in the heart of the city.
A little quirky, sure, but why not? It fits perfectly with the Portland vibe.This 4-storey historical gem is not your mom and pop’s hotel.

The rooms have been thematically decorated with counter-culture song motifs from the sixties–we had the China Cat room (from the Grateful Dead song), and our friends had the Somebody to Love. A lot of creativity went into the whole hotel. They have a restored salt water soaking pool in the basement (one of the many old photographs on display show this as one of the seminal gay bath-houses, if you’ll pardon the expression.) The attached restaurant has good breakfasts, and a fine selection of their micro-brewed beers.

It is in a great location across the street from a Whole Foods and a block from Powell’s Bookstore.

Apparently the hotel is one of a ‘chain’ of historical restorations by the McMenamins brothers, who have helped give Portland the amazing character it has. I’ve been traveling a long time, and I still cringe at a hotel over $100 a night, but I’m getting used to it. The $140 tab for the Crystal was well worth it!

Mcmenamins have converted another historic wreck in Portland (this time, an old gay bathhouse) into a beautiful, if rather cramped boutique hotel.
The rooms are mostly small queens with shared bathrooms down the hall, which leads to a somewhat collegey feel (and to bleary-eyed fumbling with key cards in the middle of the night if you have to get up to heed a call of nature), but they’re kept scrupulously clean and I never had to wait in my two nights here. The closest one to my room was directly across the hallway.
A few king rooms at this hotel are en suite and the ones on the top floor have juliet balconies on two sides.
This is a McMenamin’s hotel, and it’s funky and cool. The building is on the National Register, and was formerly a gay bar and bathhouse, among other things. The price was affordable and the location was great – we were within walking distance of pretty much everything cool in the Pearl District. The rooms have a musical theme – we stayed in one that featured lyrics from a My Chemical Romance song. The elevator is tiny and makes many frightening noises, but there are only 4 floors, so I would take the stairs if you can.

Depending on the room you book, you may have a shared bath, but the bathrooms and the room itself were all very clean. We were on the 3rd floor, so we didn’t hear much from the restaurant or the bar, but we did hear the recycling truck at 4am!

After a day walking around the city, I cannot recommend the soaking pool highly enough. It was dreamy to put my aching legs into that hot water, and I slept incredibly well.

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How much does a room costs at McMenamins Crystal Hotel ?

Prices start 88$/night forQueen Room with Shared Bathroom. 

This private queen room features unique artwork and a European style shared bathroom located outside of the room. Bath amenities are included in the room.

Where to book online – McMenamins Crystal Hotel-  Gay Friendly Hotels Portland – you can find the best hotels deals in Portland during Portland Rose Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Portland on  or  or  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. The Mark Spencer Hotel 3* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Portland

The Mark Spencer Hotel
The Mark Spencer Hotel

Located 1 minutes’ walk from Portland’s Pearl District, this boutique hotel is mere steps from all
that Downtown Portland has to offer. A 24-hour fitness centre is located on site. City guides and
maps are available for guests.

Offering free WiFi, each guest room at The Mark Spencer Hotel Portland is also equipped with
an iron and ironing board and many have full kitchenettes with cook tops, microwaves, coffee
makers, toasters and full sets of dishware. Cable TV is included.

This sophisticated, downtown hotel in a modern, brick building is 2 blocks from O’Bryant Square, an 8-minute walk from Pioneer Courthouse Square and an 11-minute walk from the Portland Art Museum.

The elegant rooms offer flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Suites include additional sitting areas or living rooms.

Expanded continental breakfast is complimentary, as are afternoon tea and an evening wine reception. Additional amenities include meeting space, parking (fee) and a 24-hour fitness center.

In the world of hospitality, there are a few unexpected places in which timeless European flair, cultured style and Old World courtesy are vibrantly alive. These lasting impressions are also accompanied by a profound respect for another very precious aspect: your comfort. Welcome to The Mark Spencer Hotel, an exceptional value in the hub of the city.

As a gay, single traveler I found the hotel ideal. All the desk staff were gracious and helpful. The location is very central making it easy to walk everywhere – even over to the Eastside across the Burnside Bridge. Excellent restaurants and bars, including gay bars, nearby. Breakfast the usual continental but fresh and good variety. Would definitely recommend and certainly would stay there on a return visit.

Complimentary breakfast is included. More expansive than your typical continental breakfast. Free coffee, both in-house and take-away cups available. Within walking distance to Powell’s bookstore (expansive), Buffalo Exchange (clothing- amazing deals), multiple dining/ multiple coffee; on the trolley line.

The bottom line: great staff, very good breakfast, close to amenities, walking distance to just about everything. Recommended as a well-priced comfortable stay, as long as it is in the Annex, for both families, couples and  gay travellers.

The Mark Spencer is in a great location for exploring Portland. It is on the edge of where downtown becomes the Pearl District. The fantastic Powell’s City of Books is a block away, as is Jake’s Famous Crawfish (where I had the best salmon of my life!). The southbound streetcar runs right in front of the hotel, and the MAX train is about 4-5 short blocks away.

The hotel is in close proximity to a few popular gay bars, so late night noise is an issue, particularly on the weekends. I’m an extremely sound sleeper, so I had no trouble even with the window open, but lighter sleepers might want to bring earplugs.

This hotel has really eclectic charm and character. We loved the views and style of our room. The sheets are the softest sheets we’ve ever slept on and by far one of the most comfortable beds we’ve ever slept on. Best night sleep you’ll ever have! The staff are kind and friendly and we had a really nice stay. The only thing we wished is that the room we stayed in had a microwave and coffee pot, but the location was really close to a few local coffee shops.

We stayed for one night and wish we could have stayed longer. We booked the premier corner king with kitchen and it was perfect. Great view of the city and the perfect size for our needs. The location is amazing, close to Powell’s and Nola doughnuts, walking distance to the river and many other shops. We plan to stay here again the next time we’re in Portland.

I often stay at the Mark Spencer while visiting Portland for work. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and often greet me by name and welcome me back. The rooms are well appointed and the location is great while also still quiet and comfortable. The evening wine reception and cookies are a nice addition, and I am often given a free room upgrade upon arrival. I have recommended others stay here and they also had a great experience.

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gay portland hotels

How much does a room costs at The Mark Spencer Hotel ?

Prices start 127$/night for Deluxe King Room.

Featuring a pillow top bed in a private bedroom, this suite includes a built-in vanity, curved LED TV, and a private bathroom. A living area with sofa sleeper, kitchen, dining area, and an additional TV are also included, along with an iron with ironing board and a hair dryer.

Where to book online – The Mark Spencer Hotel –  Gay Friendly Hotels Portland – you can find the best hotels deals in Portland during Portland Rose Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Portland on  or  or  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.