The new owners of the Duniway took a boring Hilton in downtown Portland, Oregon and turned it into a hip Portland luxury experience aka casual, comfortable, and quality without pomp and circumstance. And yes, it is dog friendly.
I have not had the chance to stay here yet, but I have taken a tour a few times now.
Who is Abigail Scott Duniway?
The Duniway is named after Abigail Scott Duniway owner of the first free press in Oregon. She was an American women’s rights advocate, newspaper editor and writer, whose efforts were instrumental in gaining voting rights for women. She is remembered as Oregon’s “Mother of Equal Suffrage” and “the pioneer Woman Suffragist of the great Northwest.” All the meeting rooms at the hotel are named after Abigail Duniway books. They celebrate incredible women on an ongoing basis with things like local book launches for women authors.
They have a ton of books all throughout the hotel. All the books are curated by famous local book store, Powell’s Books.
I am totally in love with their lobby. The lobby is basically a living room for creative people. And if you want to hang our and play a game, know that they have games in the dresser drawers in the lobby. They even host events in their lobby like silent discos once a month and they have a DJ every Friday 6-9 P.M. with oyster and Rosa wine specials!
There is of course a bar in the lobby. It is a gin focused bar, but they have expanded to whiskey. They serve Uncle Nearest whiskey, a whiskey owned by a woman of color and her ancestor taught Jack Daniels whiskey making! So you know it’s good. In the morning the bar turns into an espresso bar.
Abigail’s Hideaway is a cozy space up on the roof. It has a lot going on like free yoga on Saturdays, giant Jenga and soon they will be adding a shuffle board and a text food and drink menu. Kids are allowed up here too. Currently Abigail’s Hideaway has no closing time. Only hotel guest can visit the hideaway.
Up here is also their brand new heated pool and their new fitness center.
Fabulous Guest Rooms
The Duniway has awesome rooms. Their rooms are well appointed, but simple for working and relaxing.
The room has an espresso machine and the coffee is from Neaman Marcus and a mini bar featuring Portland products.
65”framed tv in every room
25 points of power in every room make sure guests stay adequately charged at all times.
Apartment size couch.
Radios look old school, but they have blue tooth.
Irons – Full size and housekeeping takes care of them. There is also a full size ironing board in the room.
Blow dryer – The blow dryer is so loved by guests that their most popular social media question is what kind of dryer is in the rooms.
Rooms mainly have showers, but doubles and suites have bathtubs.
Double rooms have two queen size beds. All the beds at the hotel are Waldorf Astoria beds with 500 thread count linens.
24 hour room service, including a dog room service menu.
24 hour concierge
The hotel restaurant is absolutely phenomenal. It is the creation of Chris Cosentino, winner of Top Chef Master. It is open basically all day for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner.
I’ve had the opportunity to eat dinner here and hit happy hour here. My favorite thing to eat here is the steak. They have 4 pound steak dinner that comes with seasonal veggies for $120. This makes a nice family meal. Their risotto and fried rabbit is fantastic too.
Their cocktail list is fun too. I highly recommend trying the Coin Toss cocktail. They flip a coin and you either end up having it with tequila or gin. I always go with tequila, so yummy!
They have a daily oyster selection, half a dozen for $18.
My favorite appetizer was Around the World in 8 Hams for $25. Eden’s favorite was their deviled eggs, which are also on the happy hour menu.
The Duniway is within walking distance to many of Portland’s attractions including the art museum and Pioneer Square. Director Park is super close and it’s a great place to take kids. They have giant chess and a splash pad.