Stayed here over a beautiful fall weekend and had an enjoyable experience. When we arrived late afternoon, they were just "recovering" from a multi-day power/water outage--due to a nearby water main break--and the lobby lighting was just about to be restored (rooms/lobby had been operational w/ generators). There were plenty of staff members around w/ flashlights, directing and assisting people as needed, which was comforting, and within a half hour or so of our arrival, all was well again. Check-in was efficient and staff was very friendly and helpful in providing tourist info and a city map.
You can tell this grand hotel is full of history, and the gorgeous, spacious lobby has wondrous architecture! Inviting seating areas with beautiful, comfortable furniture were scattered about the room, and off to one side is the really nice Prime Bar and Restaurant, with a gift shop located on the other side.
Regarding the parking, one recent reviewer mentioned that valet parking was cheaper than self-parking. We found it to be the opposite. The self-parking garage is right across the street from the hotel entrance, and when you check in, just ask for in/out privileges and you just pay a daily rate which is less than the valet rate. The garage is multi-storied and you need to be a little careful as you drive from floor to floor, as the ramp is a little narrow as you turn corners. Seemed to have plenty of parking spaces, though.
Our room was clean and modern, and quite spacious. Loved having a separate living room and bedroom. The living room had adequate, comfortable furniture and there was also a mini-bar area with a sink, plus a desk/table with additional seating. The bathroom was roomy and nicely furnished with amenities. The bedroom had an armoire closet, a full length mirror on the wall, and the bed was one of the nicest we've ever slept on in a hotel.
The buffet breakfast was outstanding and there was plenty of seating as the eating area was spread over a few rooms (one had a fountain in it). Many hot and cold breakfast options to chose from, including an omelet station.
The hotel is in a fairly nice location, with downtown shops and the Pearl District just a few blocks away. We easily walked to many locations from the hotel, including the really nice riverfront walking and biking path. We felt very safe at the hotel and where we walked, but keep in mind there are homeless people in the area just north of the hotel, so it is best to stay away from that part of town.
Other reviewers mention that Voodoo Doughnuts is located near the hotel, just a few blocks away. If you don't want to wait in line at that place, try the bakery that you can access from the hotel lobby, Blue Collar Baking Co. They had some of the best cookies and other bakery items that we have ever tasted! The doorway to it is right off the lobby, so you don't even have to go outdoors (but you can also enter from a sidewalk on the other side of the hotel).
If there is a downside to the hotel, it is their internet policy. You need to purchase a 24 hr access pass (~$10) unless you are a Hilton HHonors member or have some other special offer. With just about everybody using smartphones and computers these days, we feel this should just be complimentary in any hotel. Most hotels issue passwords to prevent unauthorized people from accessing their wireless network, and we believe the Embassy Suites should adopt this practice. Otherwise, patrons will see this as just another attempt to extract more dollars from them.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Embassy Suites Portland - Downtown Hotel Portland
- Portland Embassy Suites