The Nines: Portland, Oregon

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onsite offerings The Nines has a 24-hour fitness facility, in-room massage treatments, and two full-service restaurants—Urban Farmer, a modern steakhouse set within the atrium focusing on local provisions, with simple, straightforward preparations of meats, poultry and seafood raised by local ranchers, farmers and fishermen, and Departure, which opens this April and will offer innovative Asian cuisine in an eclectic setting on the hotel’s rooftop (it’s a must, especially for those stunning views of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens). And if you upgrade your clients to the Club Level, they’ll have snacks and drinks available five times a day in the well-appointed and subdued Club Lounge.

And those guests who love to sip a cocktail while cozying up to their favorite book will love the onsite Library, stocked with books from Powell’s Books, which claims to be the world’s largest independent used and new bookstore.

Opening Package, which is good through 2009, is $249 per night and includes overnight accommodations and parking.

what to do Take a hike: With proximity to Mount Hood, the Columbia River Gorge and home to hiking trails and parks filled with pine trees and natural wonders, the city serves as an excellent hub for nature- and adventure-loving clients.

Culture, anyone?: If your culturally inclined clients didn’t experience enough art within The Nines, Portland is home to a symphony and baroque orchestra, a ballet company, an opera company, over 20 theater companies, several annual music festivals, more than 150 art galleries, numerous museums and a wide array of enticing cultural treats.

Show me the shops: If your clients would rather put their credit cards to work, Portland’s downtown area will become home. The Nines sits above a 5-story Macy’s department store and Pioneer Place—a multi-building shopping center—is right across the street, plus designer boutiques and a Nordstrom department store are all within two blocks of the hotel.

For a distinctly local shopping experience, a short cab ride or bike ride away (bikes are available for rental at the hotel) will lead clients to NW 23rd Avenue—referred to by locals as “Trendy Third.” Clients can stroll the avenue and find everything from local designer boutiques to independent music stores, as well as shops selling everything from ceramics to jewelry. Just a stroll down 23rd is worth it for window shopping alone, and most anyone will find a shop that interests them.

Dining delights: If 23rd is home to fun, local shopping, then its sister street, 21st, is the avenue of gastronomy. Many of the highly rated signature restaurants in Portland can be found on NW 21st Avenue. Tell your clients if they want an amazing brunch, they can go to Mother’s Bistro & Bar, just five blocks away from the hotel.