We were there for 4 very hot nights in August and we enjoyed our time so much we decided (after much procrastination) that a review was in order. We stayed in the Summertime Blues (ironic considering the 100 degree days!) and were very pleased that the a/c was up to the task. The basement saltwater pool was a tribute to the Portland of the past and looked great but considering the weather we gave it a pass. There is a nice little pub in the basement with some live music and the restaurant (for breakfast) was great. An extra at no additional cost was the somewhat deranged naked guy wandering along the street and lying next to our table for a short time..............oh well........inner city character........... (but what is with the large number of obviously mentally ill wandering the streets of Portland - I have not seen its like anywhere!) The shared bathroom was no problem; even though the hotel was full we never had to share it with anyone! The front desk staff were uniformly friendly and helpful and our bikes were easily checked in and out of a secure area. Best of all is the music theme throughout with wonderful wall murals and paintings! Just the kind of cool place we love! Pros include the location and the decor, cons are the lack of parking and the early street noise from garbage trucks! Nevertheless, we loved the Crystal and will stay in a McMenamin's hotel on our next visit to Oregon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just across the street from the legendary Crystal Ballroom, the Crystal Hotel has 51 comfortable guestrooms, each inspired by a song or performance from the Crystal Ballroom's past 100 years. Colorfully painted panels and headboards anchor the rooms, while deeply-hued walls, black velvet drapery and animal print upholstery lend a rock ‘n’ roll vibe. Large windows afford views of the city from all angles. Room rates include admission to the soaking pool and the opportunity to purchase tickets to the Crystal Ballroom show. With the inclusion of the Zeus Café and free live music at Al’s Den, this downtown hotel combines dining, relaxation and rock and roll history in the heart of the city. ... more less
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