We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Jantzen Beach (Portland, OR, area) in late December, 2006, on our way from Southern California to Seattle. Having stayed in many other Holiday Inn Expresses, we found this one to be an interesting mix of very nice and very bad features. Positives: The room was clean, large, had great lighting for reading and many TV channels; the bathroom had a great shower; there is a computer for guests' use in the lobby; the hotel provides full Sunday papers (a rarity); and the breakfast had all the usual Holiday Inn Express items--cinnamon rolls, yogurts, etc. Negatives: This is the hardest hotel we've ever had to find! The exit to Jantzen Beach is easy, but once you get off, forget it--you'll never, ever find the hotel on your own. We arrived at night, so it's possible things might have been easier during the day, but although we followed the two (tiny) Holiday Inn Express signs, we ended up driving around and around Jantzen Beach until finally we accidentally got back on the freeway and ended up in Vancouver, Washington! We managed to find our way back to the freeway and to Jantzen Beach but never could find the Holiday Inn Express. Finally, we went to a Subway and asked for directions. It turned out the Holiday Inn Express was way off the beaten path and hidden from the main road. If you know where you're going, it wouldn't be hard to find, but if you've never been there before, it's a nightmare! The night clerk was not very sympathetic, though she did suggest we could try the pool (!)--and then warned us that the water was cold. The other major negative of this hotel was the bed, which was as hard as a bench. All three of us, who have very different tolerances for beds, suffered. I used all the extra pillows as a makeshift "pillowtop"; unfortunately, they kept slipping apart during the night. My son used the two sofa cushions on top of the bed; my husband just suffered with the bed as it was. We all had a very poor night's sleep. The next morning, the person at the front desk asked us about our stay; when we told her, she apologized and said that the signage seems to be a problem with the city, not Holiday Inns, and that the hotel is going to be replacing all the beds this year. She took $20 off our bill, which was nice. So, in conclusion, my recommendation is to make sure to arrive at this hotel during the day, don't waste time driving around the Jantzen Beach loop endlessly--ask someone at a store or another hotel how to get there, and wait till the hotel has replaced all the beds. If you know where the hotel is and have a new bed, this hotel should be a nice place to stay near Portland--just a 10-minute drive or so away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to theHoliday Inn Express Hotel & Suites located in Jantzen Beach, located in Portland, Oregon. We are within close proximity to many attractions as PIR Portland Intl Raceway, tax free shopping, Expo center and within minutes of downtown Portland. Our 74 room hotel features newly added Simmon pillowtop mattresses, a complimentary high speed Internet access with wireless in our public areas. Start your day off with with our complimentary deluxe SMART breakfast. We also offer an indoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness center and laundry facilities. Meeting space for up to 75 people. All rooms have high speed Internet access , mini refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, Iron & ironing boards, free HBO 25' TV and VCR and free local calls. We feature a business center complete with computer & printer with high speed Internet access. We look forward to having you as our guest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Portland - Jantzen Beach Hotel Portland
- Holiday Inn Portland
- Portland Holiday Inn