This is a really good hotel, and a terrific value. We chose it over the Heathman and the Monaco, not because of the somewhat lower room rates, but because of what we understood to be the size of the rooms. We were not disappointed. The rooms were incredibly generous. Our room was also well laid out and spotless. Another advantage offered by the hotel over other luxury level facilities in the city was a coin operated guest laundry, a real plus when you are on a three-week outdoor-activity trip as we were. The complimentary breakfast was unbelievable, perhaps the best we've ever encountered. And, it was very convenient. The staff was both friendly and helpful, particularly the bell staff, which we effectively used as our concierge service.
Yes, there were minor irritants. The hotel is really otherwise too classy to be charging for internet service. But then the basic room rate is a lower than most other properties of the same class. And, as with so many high-end hotels, the lamp shades were designed to look pretty rather than to allow any light to escape. Parking is expensive, as I understand it is in all the downtown hotels. All that said, it is still a great hotel.
Now, about location, which seems to have some other reviewers so worked up. The principal complaints seem to be the presence of homeless people and concerns about druggies. As to the homeless: If you are going to a major city, particularly on the West Coast, and don't want to see homeless people near your hotel, you are best advised to find a Holiday Inn Express in the suburbs. And, as to drugs: I'm sure there are a lot of drugs in Portland (as in many, if not most, other major cities), and there no doubt could be some drug use near the hotel. However, one should not assume that every young person with tattoos and body-piercings is dealing drugs or necessarily even using drugs. Perhaps the critics of this hotel's location would have been somewhat more comfortable a few blocks away at the Heathman, Monaco, etc., but they couldn't have walked more than a couple of minutes from their hotels without seeing the same sights. My wife and I are "senior citizens" (to use that dread term) from a sanitized East Coast suburb. Yet we walked everywhere we went in the city, including to and from all the restaurants, sometime returning to the hotel rather late at night. As we would in any city, we kept our eyes open and tried to walk well lit routes, but at no time did we feel threatened or even uneasy. A note to the critics of the location: It's a city; get over it. Oh, one other thing about the location. If you want to get out of the city to the wonderful scenic areas near Portland, as we did during the day, the exit and re-entry from the area of the hotel is incredibly easy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of downtown Portland, the Historic Embassy Suites Portland -Downtown features large two-room guest suites and a well-known foyer adorned in grandeur and architectural beauty. Built in 1912, the building combines it's original classic style and features along with modern comfort. The hotel is within walking distance of tax-free shopping, restaurants, nightlife, Portland’s revered Voo-Doo doughnuts and Powell’s books. The hotel also offers a luxurious Jacuzzi and Indoor pool for you to warm up to. ... more less
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