By reminding myself that this facility was built in an earlier era (they gave me a **metal** key, for gosh sakes, with my room number stamped into it) and during simpler times, I've decided my stay here was what I should have expected for under $100.
The inn is built on a sloping lot in the midst of the car-dealer-car-repair part of town. There are no elevators, but lodging is limited to three floors, a fact that seemed perfectly acceptable to the surprising number of seniors who seemed to be staying there during the weekend. The central courtyard features a gazebo, attractive gardens and a good-sized pond with a central geyser and well-tended plants around its edges. No wading and lots of mosquitos, however. At night, it's well-lighted.
When I arrived, my room and bedding were clean, as was the bathroom and carpeting. The odor of stale cigarette smoke in my no-smoking room was not. It wafted in through the sliding glass door (the one with the broken lock) of my balcony. Outside, a pile of butts gave off a stale stink from the corner; another was stuck between the slats of the floorboard. The white-haired lady outside the room below mine was contributing to the ambiance, but at least she took the dead butt with her when she finished. Obviously, the no-smoking rule for rooms is all wrong; instead of prohibiting people from smoking indoors, the hotel should arrest the smoke particles for coming inside despite every attempt by smokers to limit their pollution to the endless space a millionth of an inch and beyond that point.
My room had a mini-fridge and small microwave oven, a TV with remote, two telephones, complimentary coffee service and air conditioning. Everything worked.
The pop machine in the Paisley-carpeted hall did not. It lacked any indication of how much the drinks cost, so I guessed a buck, inserted a bill, pressed the "Coke" button and got nothing. Two more tries; same result. Pressing the coin return button got me 25 cents. I had to go to the front desk for a refund--a walk and a process that required far more than 75 cents worth time and paperwork it took to get it. I almost felt guilty.
When I first walked into my room, I thought the big empty space in the far corner seemed a bit odd, but looking again, I realized the room seemed light on furniture. Besides the bare-bones bed, dresser and two night stands, there was only a small pedestal table and two straight-backed wooden chairs. There was nothing that resembled or could serve as an easy chair--something every hotel room I've ever stayed in had. To watch TV comfortably, you'd have to sit on the bed. "We're remodeling a few rooms at a time," the front desk explained when I asked them. "Once that's done, the rooms will have all the usual furnishings."
"But in the meantime, you're still charging full price for the room," I argued, then got the clerk's signal that the conversation was over: "We don't guarantee what furniture comes with each room."
The complimentary breakfast. There are so many ways hotels offer this amenity. Here, the food was good and the proportions were adequate. The servers were upbeat, courteous and attentive. Beyond this, "well intentioned" seems is the only way to describe how this inn does it.
Breakfast is served in an adjoining restaurant (The Mark -- Dark wood paneling. Comfy ambiance. Moderate prices.) First, you go to the front desk to give them your room number, so freeloaders don't drift in off the streets, I'm guessing. Then, with many empty tables and booths spread out before you, you stand in line like a docile cow waiting to be fed. (In other hotels, you can walk in, grab a plate and head for the food. Like a human being.)
In due time, a cheerful staffer allows you to enter, which you do by walking up an aluminum ramp temporarily placed over the four or five steps and meant to prevent injuries to aged or infirm guests who use them, I'm guessing. (But, as one lady commented as she gingerly descended the slope, "I don't need a ramp, I need a handrail that goes more than half way.") The scratched and battered ramp with its ratty non-skid tape peeling off in patches clashes badly withThe Mark's image as a classy eatery.
Once seated, I was handed a menu describing the restaurant's full-priced offerings and they looked good enough to be tempting. The complimentary breakfast offerings were separated from the good stuff by a black border drawn around them. I could order from the little box and get it for free, or I could order a regular people's breakfast at the everyday price less three dollars. Pop Tarts weren't offered, so they lose points for that.
Credit should go to the inn's owners and/or managers for participating in the industry's effort to conserve water by providing fresh towels and bedding only by request or upon check out. I'm betting they could save a lot more water by replacing the five-gallon flush toilets with newer models that use less than two. The tank on mine was **huge**. And noisy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Shilo Inn Hotel & Suites - Portland/Beaverton is minutes from downtown Portland, off Highways 217 and 26. The exquisitely appointed 142 newly updated rooms and suites boast renewed ambiance and comfort and our proximity to Nike, Intel, Tektronix, Lincoln Center and Nimbus Business Park makes us the logical choice for business travelers. Children 17 and under always stay free with an adult at Shilo Inns. Dogs welcome with nominal fee. ... more less
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