We chose the Hyatt Place for an overnight stay in the Portland area to attend a friend's wedding. The wedding was actually pretty far south of Portland on the I-205, but the price for the room was about as competitive as we could find, plus we wanted to be near the Tri-Met MAX system should we want to go into Portland. Being near a MAX line greatly increases the appeal of this hotel because driving into Portland and finding parking is always a pain.
When we arrived it was rather late at night. We drove in from out of town. We found the front desk staff very friendly. The hotel was obviously not completely full as we were offered our choice of floors for our room. We opted for a ground floor room, which was not an unpleasant experience. Our room was located a short walk from the fitness room and the pool.
The layout of the room was very comfortable and open. A corner sectional is located on one side of the room near the entry. It faces a TV which is on a hinge which allows the TV to either face the couch or the bed. Between the couch and the bed is a full height room divider which gives the sensation that your living area is divided from your sleeping area. Across from the couch is a desk and a dry bar which had a single serve coffee maker and a mini-fridge.
The bathroom was split with a sink and vanity across from the sleeping area and a large stand up shower and toilet in a private room. Also in the bathroom alcove area was a closet of reasonable size. Unlike many hotel rooms I’ve been in, there is minimal furniture and storage is at a premium. I’ve never been one to unpack my luggage into hotel drawers, however if you do, you won’t find many to unpack into. The lack of furniture also means that your luggage will generally find a home on the large sectional or possibly on top of the desk or the dry bar. The good news is that the night stands were not floor standing, but were attached to the wall thus freeing up a good amount of floor space next to the bed.
Rooms are attractively decorated and lighting is more than sufficient. You don’t know how many hotel rooms I have been in where there is not nearly enough lighting or the lighting is not nearly centralized to properly illuminate the room. Having a well lit room is very important, no matter what the reason for travel.
The TV has an extensive patch panel, meant to be used with your own video and audio electronics. If I were a road warrior I could see how this could come in handy for using my own video devices on the larger flat screen in the room. The only issue I can see is that the work desk is not in a place which can easily see the TV. I would have to be on the couch or in bed with a long cord from my laptop or other device to the patch panel to get much use out of this. You can also plug in more conventional video playback devices, which would work fine because you could set the device on the work desk or one of the cubbies that is located below the TV. The patch panel is a nice feature, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t use it that much or at all based upon my current travel needs.
The pool is very attractive. We had limited time to visit it on our last trip, but the pool and whirlpool all appeared to be well maintained and the general pool area wasn’t musty or nasty smelling. Too bad the pool was not open later into the evening or else we would have taken advantage of it.
The exercise room is nicely equipped with modern equipment. The exercise room is open 24 hours.
The free breakfast offered in the morning is decent, with a good selection of fruit, juices, baked goods and cereals. A hot breakfast sandwich is also available as part of the complimentary breakfast. The hotel runs a small kitchen and bar which operates 24 hours. Prices are reasonable but the menu is limited and definitely feels tailored to a short-order cook. In the morning there are also breakfast items available for purchase outside of the continental breakfast. Again most selections are short-order in style.
The nearby Cascade Station shopping complex has plenty of food options, all within walking distance. Very near the Hyatt Place is a Buffalo Wild Wings and a 24 hour IHOP. There are numerous other restaurants located in across the street in the shopping center. You can even get a nice meal for very little money at the IKEA which is located all the way down at the opposite end of the shopping complex.
The proximity to the Red Line of the Portland MAX system makes this an ideal hotel to stay at if you wish to get to Downtown Portland or to the airport with ease. The Place is a reasonable walk to a MAX station. MAX fares are competitive. As of this writing, a day pass on Max, which includes all Max trains, Tri-Met busses and the Portland streetcar is $5. A 2-hour pass that is good on Tri-Met is $2. These rates will change, but compared to the hassle of driving into Portland and finding parking, a $5 day pass on all Tri-Met vehicles is a great buy. It isn’t hard to spend $20 or $20 in parking when going into Portland.
Our stay was very comfortable. I’ve never been a huge fan of hotel beds; they are usually much too soft, but the bed at the Hyatt Place was comfortable, although not as firm as I’d like. Hotel pillows at the Hyatt Place are typical, feather, and much too unsupportive for my taste. Again, a common issue I have with all hotels I stay in, not an issue specific to this hotel.
I like this location and hotel so much that I have booked stays here a number of times and plan to continue to use this hotel for my future Portland travel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located within one mile of the Portland International Airport, and in the Cascade Station shopping area, the Hyatt Place Portland Airport/Cascade Station provides the ideal accommodations for anyone visiting Portland, whether it be for business or leisure. This cutting edge hotel is minutes from downtown Portland and several thrilling attractions including PGE Park, Oregon Convention Center and The Rose Garden (home of the Trail Blazers). For the business traveler, you will also find our location conveniently located within a few miles of several local Corporations such as Toyota, Rentrak and Boeing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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