If your travels bring you to Portland (and they should, even if you don't have any reason to be here, like us!) - you need to check out The Nines.
Yes, the design is interesting, and as others have commented, the lively atrium offers a good restaurant scene. But we were delighted with the asian-oriented cuisine in the rooftop restaurant/bar - Departures. Try the Shu-mai and the maki if you get a chance. Our waitress offered to round up the traditional 3 piece order to 4, so we didn't have to share. Unorthodox, but welcome! The outdoor patio on the 15th floor had a spectacular view, (supplemented in mid-February with a dozen heatlamps). Even if you don't stay here, it is worth the trip!
Rooms were comfortable, the beds were great... but what stands out is:
Surprise - the Service. From the first helpful staff member at the hotel entrance, to the front desk to the concierge to the restaurants, everyone had a wonderful, youthful attitude you don't often encounter. There was a palpable enthusiasm you don't often encounter in a downtown hotel...and it was universal.
It's built on top of what is now a Macy's, so the hotel meeting space starts on the 6th floor, with the lobby on 8. You can walk to everything in downtown Portland (or grab a streetcar going in any direction, including the airport, so you could have a carless weekend). The valet parking is a necessary because of the downtown center-city location, but the staff does work hard to keep things moving. (Note, there is economical self parking nearby if you don't mind a short walk - the City of Portland has really done a lot to keep this city moving!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of downtown Portland, The Nines, A Luxury Collection Hotel, offers a boutique experience in the Pacific Northwest. We're the perfect starting point for your explorations. ... more less
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