Stayed at the HoJo Plaza Portland for one night in June 2006. There were several good things about the hotel: It was very easy to access the hotel from the freeway. Free and plentiful parking. Friendly and helpful staff who were attentive to questions. Internet station in lobby to check email. Two adjacent restaurants and plenty of other restaurants and shops within walking or driving distance. (The steakhouse was delicious and inexpensive for a huge 4 course prime rib special). Large, cozy, iinviting lobby with tons of places to sit and watch TV and enjoy a beautiful fireplace. Room was average size, but clean and cozy. Price was right at about $75 per night. Now for the downsides. The hotel is about a 10 minute ride from all of the downtown/waterfront excitement and if you drive you have to pay to park your car downtown. (But you'll probably have to pay two to three times the price for the downtown hotels, so which is better? I'm not sure.) The rooms on the main floor all have sliding glass doors which directly face parked cars with people getting in and out of their cars, so you have no privacy/safety whatsoever unless you close your sliding door AND the shade. I felt confined in the room and prefer a window that can be left open for fresh air. (I actually checked out of the hotel one night early because I didn't like having to always close the shade and sliding door.) Maybe to avoid this you could requet a room on the second floor. Also bothersome was the fact that no free continental breakfast was offered--on my trip covering 10 states I stayed in about 14 hotels and this was the only one not offering any sort of breakfast. I guess I'm used to that amenity. Lastly, the indoor pool area was not inviting, but rather stuffy and hot. Overall there were no major problems with the hotel itself but I would not stay again. Please email with questions!
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- Howard Johnson Plaza Portland Hotel Portland
- Howard Johnson Portland
- Portland Howard Johnson
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