The Society Hotel

The Society Hotel may (obviously) be a hotel, but it also has a pretty awesome coffee shop in the lobby. The location is a perfect blend of old and new, historic and renovated.

The hotel itself was built in the late 19th century as a safe haven for sailors.  Throughout the years, the location has served a variety of purposes (it was even a hospital and meeting location for various local groups). It has actually only recently been renovated into its current state: a beautiful hotel/hostel with both private and shared rooms. It also has an incredible top floor deck with great views of Portland. It is located on NW 3rd Avenue in the heart of Portland’s Chinatown. 

My friends and I decided to grab some coffee at the Society Hotel cafe. There was ample seating and great lighting, and you don’t need to be staying at the hotel to enjoy the food and beverages.  It has great hours (7 am to 11 pm every day!) and a wide selection of food, pastries, and drinks.

The tea offerings are from Jasmine Pearl, one of my favorite local tea shops.  I recommend the Ruby Nectar (a great herbal variety).  The coffee is from Heart, Ristretto, and Rosaline- so many options! They also have more higher-end beverages, such as matcha lattes, traditional matcha, and a chai latte (made with local Tanglewood ginger chai). My friends and I sampled the cafe au lait, cappuccino, latte, and mocha- all delicious. 

I didn’t get the chance to try any of the food offerings, but noted the large and impressive menu.  All of the food is made daily on site! The avocado toast and make-your-own grilled cheese did definitely stand out to me, though. I’ll have to grab brunch next time I’m there!

Lastly, there’s a bar area in the lobby of the Society Hotel, with a variety of cocktails, beer, and wine.  You can get your caffeine, alcohol, and food all in one great location :).

I was very impressed by the Society Hotel and would definitely consider staying there if I was visiting Portland.  Although the area around the hotel isn’t the best, it’s still close to the heart of downtown and is fairly central.  The renovations that have recently been completed are beautiful and tasteful.  Definitely worth a stop, even if you are a local!


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