Hotel Jupiter has reopened to guests after extensive renovations

After an initial pandemic closure, then serving for a brief period of COVID service for the homeless, Hotel Jupiter has reopened and is ready to party like it’s 2019.

The East Burnside Street property, now rebranded as the ‘Jupiter Original’, began welcoming overnight guests again this month after extensive renovations and a general refresh of the property.

All 81 rooms have been completely redesigned — a joint project between hotel co-owner Kelsey Bunker and Northwest firm Megan Millie Design. The refresh includes music-themed murals — bringing a bit of the neighboring Doug Fir rock room into the hotel — plus new furnishings, like pillowtop beds and lounge areas with sofas.

The campus’ 2,800 square foot bamboo-lined gathering space was also updated, including the DreamTent, which hosted everything from live music to art exhibits to weddings.

“Jupiter Original was born out of a basic desire to build a community and a place where you are extremely free to fully express yourself,” Bunker said in a press release. “The past two years have challenged us all in ways we couldn’t imagine. But we believe in our ability to come back from the brink. Above all, we believe in bringing Portland back.

One of those challenges was, of course, the lack of guests in 2020. This prompted the team at Jupiter, led by General Manager Nick Pearson, to create an agreement with the Joint Office of Homeless Services of Multnomah County. Seeing the need for shelters, the company opened its doors to those without stable housing who tested positive for COVID-19. The partnership has become a model that other cities across the country have adopted, and in 2021 Pearson received a Tourism Industry Leadership Award from Travel Oregon for its efforts.

If it’s been a while since you’ve visited Jupiter’s longtime musical counterpart, Doug Fir, there are changes in this space as well. The bar and restaurant are now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. There is also a new menu with dishes such as jackfruit tacos, steak frites and a hearty vegan stew with sweet potatoes, chickpeas and red peppers.

The reopening of Jupiter Original and the accompanying Comeback Tour party, complete with live music, continues through the end of the month.


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Sandy A. Greer