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Lion and the Rose Victorian Guest House
Ranked #1 of 34 Portland B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 4 December 2012

We've stayed here before and find it quite enjoyable. The building dates back to 1906 as I recall and has been updated with en-suite bathrooms in most of the guest rooms and fully furnished with period furniture and decor. Even off season, the price is a little steep but it's a wonderful place. In prime season the price is out of our reach so we must go elsewhere in those months.

When you reserve, you reserve a specific room and all rooms are different so be sure to read the website for the specific room info. They are all furnished and decorated in the early 1900's motif but are different sizes and have different bathroom configurations. Like many "period" B&B's some of the beds are quite high, requiring a step stool (1900's polished wood) to ascend to the bed top.

The rooms now also all seem to have an LCD TV (sometimes a small one) and wireless internet. However, finding someplace to plug in your lap top and all those chargers one is forced to carry around these days can be challenging.

The decor is wonderfully charming in the early 1900's Victorian style (if that's your thing). Very tastefully done and the entire establishment is brimming with nick-knacks and what not from the period - all very well done. Every time we stay there I wind up doing a double take on the cats curled up at the top and bottom of the front stairway. They are not real though even though they are very life like.

All the rooms have standalone, floor standing, A/C units vented through a nearby window in case needed. As we're only there off season we've never had a need to turn one on though. The regular heat is through radiators and is adequate and surprisingly quiet for such heat type (no rattling, hissing, or banging as I recall from such devices when I was in college in Boston). The rooms also each have a small space heater in case needed (we have yet to need one).

The Breakfast is served in a large dinning room (in period decor of course). The fare was good, but not great and also somewhat standard. I think though my wife and I were irrevocably spoiled by a B&B in Tacoma we stayed in many times where the hostess was nothing less than a 5 star chef who never ceased to surprise and delight us by creating something we'd never had before and invariably it was delicious - sadly the owners retired and sold it so I don't know what it's like now.

There is no off street parking available but all the streets in the neighborhood have curb parking. Unfortunately, many times (especially if you're returning late) it's hard to find an open spot. If you're a suburbanite you may want to practice your parallel parking skills before your trip as it will be put to good use on these narrow streets.

All in all, a wonderful place.

Room Tip: All rooms are different. Different sizes, bathroom facilities, and price. read web site to be sure...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 October 2012

My husband and I took our first trip to Portland in October to visit our son who lives there. We were lucky enough to choose the Lion and the Rose Victorian B&B for our lodgings. Dusty and Steve and staff were gracious and informative regarding the area. The Inn is a historical home and the owners have kept to this theme and it is charming and interesting. They provide a great deal of information in the form of local maps and brochures as well as literature. We declined breakfast as it didn't fit in to our schedule but the kitchen is open and coffee, tea, drinks and snacks were always available. Dusty and Steve and staff were always willing to chat and share information with us when we needed it. Our room was lovely and comfortable and clean. We stayed in the Joseph room. We found the Inn and our room to be beautifully maintained. We will definitely return and look forward to it. I hated to come home!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights, and although it was a little pricey, the hotel was very clean and the beds were very comfy. You can even buy the sheets you sleep on and they are very nice. Didn't have breakfast here, so can't comment on that. Bit awkward to park here as it's on a residential street, so you just have to park where you can. Very quiet though.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

My wife and I stayed 2 nites in mid Sept. We found Lion to be excellent in every way.

We had initially chosen Lion primarily for its location and its rather unique 'a la carte' pricing in which breakfast and even housekeeping can be optional and price adjusted accordingly. We omitted both yet were availed of morning coffee and replenished towels if necessary (therefore I can't comment on breakfasts there, but would be shocked if they weren't of the same high quality as other aspects of Lion). Location --as others have noted -- was convenient (10 min. walk max.) to Portland's excellent light rail , which will get you virtually anywhere you might want to go downtown and beyond.

The house seemed very well maintained and furnished fully faithful to Victorian decor. The adjacent Irvington residential neighborhood is delightful and good casual dining restaurants nearby. Our room had a wonderful 'Sleep Number' bed , w/ separately adjustable firmness for both of us.

The best bonus, however, was the helpfulness of the hosts. Most of our interaction was with Dusty. Having been established for quite some time he and his partners have developed a remarkably comprehensive set of printed sheets - for your taking -- that address virtually every logistical issue or place of interest in Portland of concern to a visitor. The city's Visitor Center might well be envious of the comprehensiveness of the material available at Lion. Add to that that Dusty will embellish upon the printed info. for as long as you care to listen.

All in all, we'd place Lion and the Rose in the top 5 % of all the B&B's that we've stayed in across America and in other countries, and I'm sure that's close to if not over 100.

Room Tip: Try to get the Lavonna room with its alcove in the corner turret.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

This B&B is a great place if you're looking for a great value and location in Portland. Our hosts were very helpful and they've done an excellent job maintaining this historic site. Our room was perfect - beautifully decorated and adjacent to the 2nd floor back porch. Would stay there again in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: We recommend the Starina Room
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

Stayed here in the Victorian Apartment on a college visit last spring. It was cozy and roomy at the same time. We really enjoyed it. You can walk to several good places to eat so we never got around to eating at the B&B. The MAX transport is a few blocks away and the host are very good at keeping their guest from feeling lost in Portland.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 September 2012

If you're a minimalist, or prefer contemporary accommodations, please stop reading and go about your life. But if you think staying in a Victorian B&B that's chock-full of nicknacks and decorated completely in the Victorian manner, read on.

Stayed here for two nights after arriving in OR for our first visit, and were not disappointed. Steve & Dusty are experienced and talented inkeepers, and maintain their home - which they share with us travelers - in fine style. The rooms are individually decorated; we stayed in the Joseph Room and found it fine for our needs. No television except for a tiny ~16" unit (maybe it was B&W, but we never turned it on), so if you need TV, be warned. Breakfasts were simply wonderful. Fresh fruit, biscuits or scones, eggs, meat, waffles/pancakes, juices and beverages; all very nicely prepared and presented.

The Lion & The Rose is all-Victorian, all the time. We knew that on the way in, and found it to be a pleasant alternative to other B&Bs we've stayed in. Victorian immersion!

If you want to be in the middle of the Irvington neighborhood, with easy access to downtown as well as to the Interstate, look here. Two caveats: (1) very limited street parking - hey, it's in the city, ya know?; and (2) steep stairs to the second floor rooms that would be difficult-to-impossible for anyone with mobility issues. There is one first-floor room, however, that has a great bath and would be an excellent choice.

Worth the visit.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1810 N.E. 15th Ave., Portland, OR 97212
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Region: United States > Oregon > Portland
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Portland
Price Range: £174 - £214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Lion and the Rose Victorian Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This majestic 1906 Queen Anne mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, transports you to another time. The eight guest rooms (all with private baths) are each unique and emanate Victorian charm. Historic yet up to date, the rooms are air conditioned and equipped with telephones, cable TV, and high-speed wireless internet access. The parlors and dining room are comfortable, spacious, and decorated in period furnishings. ... more   less 
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