I hadn't stayed in a Red Lion Hotel in a long time as i thought they were a little run down. However, I read the review on the Jantzen Beach location and the description sounded like a nice, quiet location next to the river. I guess I should have done a little more homework to check it's location. I pulled in and it's right next to the I-5 bridge. Great. I love road noise! Not only that, but it's a huge hotel. Oh well, you can't be right all the time. So I check in and asked if there were any rooms available with a water view. The girl checking me in said that she was sorry, but there were none available. Now the parking lot was full at this time so i assumed the hotel was full. Okay, so she gave me my key and sent me on my way. When i got to my room and looked out the balcony window, yep, there's Interstate 5 about 75 yards away from me. This was not going to work. I walked back down and politely asked if there were any other rooms available as i didn't want to listen to traffic noise all night. This hotel is pretty long so i asked if there were any other rooms at the other end of the building. She said they were renovating the rooms at that end, but she put me on the bottom floor facing the pool and the river. It's not exactly on the river as this section of the building is tucked back in behind the pool. It felt like I was walking into a basement because your going down from the main floor. The other thing i noticed was that my room was surrounded by conference rooms on that level. I'm thinking, "great, i'm going to have a hundred people showing up at these rooms in the morning". Oh well, I'll be up anyway i thought. It was a nice, clean room with a very comfortable bed and appeared somewhat modern. Early evening I took a stroll out to the rivers edge on the walkway to see the view. Nice view, not spectacular, but nice. I then looked up at the water view rooms to see how many had their lights on to see how many rooms were occupied. Only about 20% of the rooms had their lights on so I assume that most of the other rooms were empty. I then walked out front and noticed that the parking lot was also very empty. I came to the conclusion that most of the people there were attending a conference and that the hotel was not booked as the agent told me. I did book online through one of the major travel website and didn't pay their normal room rate. I would have preferred it if the agent told me that the standard room i booked does not qualify for a water view and is an upgrade, instead of telling me that those rooms were booked. Best to be honest! Overall, nice room though odd being next to all the smaller conference rooms. Wouldn't stay there again just based on it's location and I prefer smaller hotels. Also under the PDX flight path, but it didn't bother me. Just not for me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A cozy hotel in Portland - Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach Breathtaking river views greet you upon arrival at Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach. Our Portland waterfront hotel provides comfortable accommodations in a rustic setting just outside downtown Portland. Our accommodations provide a calm oasis on the water away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Each premium guestroom and deluxe suite serve as the perfect home away from home during your stay at our Columbia River hotel. Business guests will appreciate 36,000 square feet of flexible function space on the water. If you're coming by plane, our complimentary airport shuttle will provide safe and comfortable roundtrip service. Greet the day with an incredible breakfast at our onsite restaurant, the Jantzen Beach Bar & Grill, before enjoying a leisurely walk along the waterfront or a quick game of tennis on our Red Lion Court. Enjoy premium accommodations and amenities at a great value at Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach. TOP FEATURES AT OUR DOWNTOWN PORTLAND HOTEL: Restaurant & Lounge Swimming pool & whirlpool JB's Night Club Pets can stay for just $15 a night GET LOCAL AT NEARBY ATTRACTIONS With a prime location near Downtown Portland, guests at Red Lion Hotel on the River can enjoy both the liveness in the city and adventures in the Pacific Northwest nature nearby. Explore these attractions during your stay at our hotel in Portland. Delta Park Columbia River University of Portland Local craft breweries Theme parks ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lion Hotel Portland
- Red Lion Portland
- Portland Red Lion
- Red Lion Jantzen Beach