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Jupiter Hotel, on East Burnside Street, and home to the Doug Fir Lounge

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Jupiter Hotel, on East Burnside Street, and home to the Doug Fir Lounge
photo by Andrew Collins
Long ago a frumpy motel on a previously dowdy stretch of East Burnside, the Jupiter Hotel (800 E. Burnside St., 503-230-9200 or 888-439-4921) was revamped into a sexy and rather cheeky rock-and-roll hotel in 2004 and has remained a favorite (and very gay-friendly) roost of revelers and music fans ever since. The hotel even offers a Keep Portland Queer package that includes a number of fun and sexy perks.

The complex of 80 sleek motel-style rooms (they're fairly small but attractively furnished, with a retro aesthetic) offer prime access to the property's famed Doug Fir Restaurant and Lounge, a fantastic spot to watch live music and dine on quite-tasty mod-American fare. The hotel's lobby contains a cool art gallery added in 2012, and the Jupiter has other fun packages beyond the queer one, including the playful Lust and Love using products from the city's scandalous Fantasy Adult Bookstore. And here's a great deal if you find yourself needing a last-minute (ahem) room, perhaps on some happy night on which you've been fortunate enough to make a new friend: the After Midnight deal offers rooms at just $69, based on availability, if you check-in after midnight (no advance reservations - just call or drop by).

As a place to stay, the Jupiter attracts all kinds. The compact rooms are fairly basic (though quite comfortable), and it can also get a little noisy around here when crowds descend on the place to catch a show. On the other hand, rates are quite reasonable (sometimes dropping to under $100 per night), and amenities do include some items you won't find at a typical budget chain motel (complimentary Water Avenue coffee, Natura bath products, MP3 docks, and - in larger rooms - 32-inch flat-screen TVs). Guests also can rent hotel bicycles to zip around town, the hotel is pet-friendly, and there's free Wi-Fi. And the surrounding neighborhood is up-and-coming, with several great places to eat and play within walking distance (Crush gay bar, Le Pigeon, Beaker & Flask, Dig a Pony, Noble Rot, and more). Overall, this is a fun choice for the high-spirited, youthful, and party-driven, and a pretty good bargain much of the time.

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