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Portland’s Hotel Rose: Funky and Fido-friendly

It’s a perfect match: a city that likes to think of itself as weird and a hotel that likes to think of itself as funky; both priding themselves on being super dog friendly. We like weird. We like funky. And, we love dog friendly!

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SLEEP. Hotel Rose, with its wildly colorful interiors and eclectic furnishings, can definitely be described as funky—in a good way. The rooms are large, bright, and have all the modern amenities you need for a comfortable stay, like flat-screen TVs and Keurig coffeemakers. The bathrooms are modern and spacious, with an oversized shower and rainfall showerhead as well as amenities like Tommy Bahama bath products and a plush bathrobe and matching slippers, no less. The beds are super comfy—for you and your pooch.

Yes, as part of the Pineapple Pup Package, four-legged guests get their own dog bed plus a water bowl, treats, and baggy dispenser. And, speaking of baggies, Hotel Rose is located directly across from Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the Willamette River, making potty breaks convenient and scenic.

EAT. If you’re an early riser, ready to explore what keeps Portland weird, grab your caffeine fix and a quick bite at the Pineapple espresso bar on your way out the door. Or, if you prefer to stay in bed all day (no judgment), the in-room menu has delicious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

If you would rather sit down for a full meal, Bottle + Kitchen serves up globally-inspired, locally-refined comfort food and craft cocktails. Start with a Kick Ass Cocktail (yes, that’s what they’re called) such as the Minty Mule, made with Oregon Vodka, mint, ginger puree and lime. Follow that with market oysters topped with a habanero cocktail sauce. Then what dog lover can resist a menu item called Lady and the Tramp? It’s spaghetti and meatballs for two, with house made pork and beef meatballs, chunky marinara, parmesan, garlic bread and a house salad. Bellissimo!

PLAY. If you’re ready to work off last night’s meatballs, then consider a hike at Tryon Creek State Park. Located about 15 minutes from downtown Portland, Tryon is Oregon’s only state park within a major metropolitan area. With 670 acres of forest and a 2.7 mile loop trail, it’s perfect for an afternoon hike with your pooch—but, because it’s a state park, dogs must remain on leash.

For some off-leash fun, Portland is the place, with 33 off-leash areas—from fenced dog parks that are leash-free during park hours to unfenced areas that are open to off-leash dogs during designated hours. We recommend Chimney Park, a full-time, 16-acre dog park, located just four miles from downtown. For a full list of off-leash areas, visit portlandoregon.gov.

Hotel Rose prides itself on not just being dog friendly, but also dog obsessed. Beyond the amenities already mentioned, the hotel’s parent company, Pineapple Hospitality, supports numerous animal welfare organizations and if you purchase the company’s plush hotel mascot, Dash (found in each room), you can give to a good cause too, with part of the proceeds going to support animals in need (and, your dog goes home with a new chew toy)…a win, win, win!

As you head out, don’t forget to don your dog’s new City of Roses Collar and Leash!

Hotel Rose
50 SW Morrison Street
Portland, Oregon
503.221.0711; staypineapple.com

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Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.

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