I chose The Nines as my base in Portland. This Starwood hotel is located in the iconic Meier & Frank Building which was built in 1909 and once served as the flagship store and headquarters for Meier & Frank, an Oregon-based department store. Under the magnificent "beat-the-Hyatt" atrium, they still have a store of Macy's who acquired the Meier & Frank company. I was expecting more northwestern feel inside, but their room decor is something typical among recent "hip, contemporary" hotels.