I was in town for Feast Portland. I booked into the Crystal and took one of the 6 rooms that come with their own en suite bathroom ( actually a shower room), now this place is an eccentric throwback kind of joint. Most of the rooms have a shared shower and toilet - ok if you're into that retro 'Deadwood' thing. All rooms have AC, and none have tv. If you know this in advance, then cool. Also each room has been themed after a song with the lyrics painted in odd scripts all around the room and themed beds. Unfortunately my first room ( midnight hour )had a very unpleasant smell, that wouldn't go away. Coupled with the fact that there was no wifi access either meant I requested a change. A trip downstairs to the helpful staff saw re-roomed, albeit in a cheaper smaller room as all the en suite ones were booked, in no time at all. The feel of the place is vintage and rock and roll, and oddly it does kind of work. The shared bathroom thing is a pain especially if you have to answer a call of nature at night, don't forget your room key, as you won't get into the loo without it or back into your own room either! They should install more wifi transmitters - I don't care about tv as long as I can get online and stream or surf. In all a pretty good value place too v well situated, and staffed by good people. They raved on the phone when I booked about their heated saltwater soaking pool. I tried it, it seems like just an oversized spa bath in a damp and dark room. Maybe you need to be drunk and with a bunch of people before it gets really fun...
- 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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