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Review: Hotel Lucia Portland, Superior King
This was Miles’ second time in Portland within the last year and this time we thought we’d check out a different downtown spot called Hotel Lucia. It’s a small luxury boutique hotel offering a nightly Craft Beer hour ( cool differentiation from other hotels offering wine and cheese) and was a 2015 Conde Naste reader’s choice award recipient. They are pet friendly, ( which Miles was a biiiiitttt offended they clumped him into that policy) posh refuge in the Pearl District – which is smack in the best area.
It’s a member of the Provenance hotel group which runs boutique hotels primarily in the pacific north west with an attention human connection. The Lucia certainly makes guests feel as though they took extra effort to think of new and inventive ways of reaching out to their customers in Portland style.
Lucia is for the foodie not the hoi polloi.
On second thought, foodies may just be the hoi polloi in Portland. However, for anyone visiting, you will not feel as though you are amongst your hometown hoi polloi, but rather amongst the avant garde, style makers. Every other block is a foodie explosion: from food trucks to farm to table, food is the pulse of Portland and microbrew the blood. The Lucia sits in the epicenter.
Style and substance.
This hotel is more funk than ‘Keep Portland Weird’. It’s a quirky vibed, retro mish mash of bright colors, hipster beards, thick rimmed specs, and foodie pride. The hotel restaurant is a local hotspot named Imperial which also serves as the kitchen for their room service. They also serve Salt and Straw ice cream, which if it were any other brand would be a foodie sin I believe. I mean this is the service menu of the hotel: keepin’ it fresh. It has Pet spiritual menus and room service. Miles posed as a pet just for these bennies.
With great pillows, luxury bedding, and surprisingly quiet yet YUUUUUUUUUUGE windows – you will sleep well. I had flown in on the earliest flight imaginable…like 5:30 am – I’ve blocked it out it was so flipping early. Who can sleep the night before those flights? Not I, I say, not IIIIIIII. So a big fat nap was in order and it was a success.
Not gonna lie…the halls are a little spotty. HAHAHA
In case you’re insane and want to work out instead of stuffing your face.
You can’t really go wrong with Hotel Lucia or The Nines ( which we stayed at last year.) – both are located in great areas of town, have quality products, but I would tip my hat to the Lucia if you’re looking for a more authentic Portland experience. The Nines is a great hotel, but it’s still a starwood property – which is a great thing for consistency, points, and return on investment – but the Lucia feels boutique in a town that is extremely boutique in and of itself. So have fun at either place, and drink some microbrew for me and Miles.
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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
- 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
- 2x on all other travel
- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
- Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
- Primary rental car coverage is my favorite
We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is exceptional starter card and offers transferrable Ultimate Rewards, and pairs well with other Chase cards.
If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash® , Ink Business Unlimited® you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.