on November 22, 2007
I stayed here Fri-Sat nights during a perfect weather early November weekend, for a conference rate of $60. Being a New Yorker, I was amazed at this rate (even being a conf rate) for such a nice hotel! Overall the stay was smooth and certainly worth the price. Walking in, you'll experience a high class business hotel amidst a mini-bustle of a downtown.My room held a cloudlike king size bed, along with the standard desk and two chairs. I was on the 13th floor, allowing me a superb view of the northern view of Portland including the rising mountains. Though the bathroom was small, the sliding door made it seem more spacious and the bronzed handles added a touch of elegance. The room wasn't cramped as they sometimes are with a kind sized bed, and the wonderfully soft bed provided me with excellent nights' rest. Downside to the room - having to pay for the internet, especially when the city of Portland provides free wi-fi outside!At 2 pm my room was not ready yet, and I was told I would receive a call when it was ready. I went to Sherman Square just down the street, a lovely urban "park" area, and made a few phone calls to friends. Then I headed across the street to Nordstrom's (friendly staff to help me find jeans!). By 4:30 pm I had not received a call that my room was ready, despite the check-in time of 4 pm. I headed back the super close two blocks to the hotel, and my room was ready. Upon telling the staff that I was not called, they seemed concerned and apologized. Once I asked about the fitness center, they informed me the nice fitness center was at a cost of $15 a day and the "included" center was across the street at the Towers, but because no one called me I could use the full service fitness center at no cost - great perk and make-up for their error!Late one evening I realized I was without toothpaste, and went to the concierge where a very amiable attendant searched in several rooms for over 10 minutes until he finally emerged with the toothpaste - to which I was very grateful! This showed excellent care for their guests.I visited the hotel for a conference, and the facilities were adequate. The floors housing meeting rooms were the two below the lobby and one above the lobby, leading to a bit of disconnect for people transitioning from workshops. The grand ballroom's more narrow set-up was favorable than others I have visited, due to everyone's ease of seeing the stage.The hotel is located amidst eating and shopping in the downtown Portland area, and is conveniently located just a few blocks from the light rail system - making it easily accessible from the airport. Though not in the funkiest fun area of Portland, a great deal for a nice hotel for my purposes!
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