This hotel, while not super-luxurious or resort-like, is "excellent" at what it is: an airport hotel catering to frequent/business travelers. This is an older property, tucked away in an office park. But don’t let that stop you: the extras this hotel offers more than make up for the slightly aging property.
The property is large, and my room was on the first floor, near the end of a couple very long corridors. The halls definitely reflected the older age of the property. But I opened my door to a large, sun-filled, clean room. I was pleasantly surprised by both the size of the room, and the amenities. It was informally divided into two areas: a living-room and a bedroom. The furniture included a king bed, couch, chair/ottoman, large flat-screen television (which swiveled for viewing from either the living area or the bed), mini-fridge, microwave, and a work desk stocked with every needed supply (stapler, tape, extra staples, and more). The mattress on the bed was a Select Comfort, which sounds great - but when I later tried to adjust the settings, it made a grinding noise but didn’t seem to do anything. Otherwise, everything appeared clean and in good working condition. I should note that one can occasionally hear the planes, and earplugs are offered on the bedside table. But I slept just fine without them.
A bevy of frequent-traveler amenities are offered. Free wi-fi is included, although at my distant end of the property, I had trouble connecting on my smart-phone. The business center has two computers and was handy for printing my boarding pass. There are at least two work-out rooms, on the first and second floors. There is a self-service guest laundry. I also noticed they offer 3-hour laundry service, which is unusual in my experience (most hotels offer overnight or 8-hr service), and is probably directed at serving the flight crews which I saw at the hotel. When I left at 4:30 a.m. for my early flight, I grabbed a banana from a free, well-stocked “to-go” breakfast area in the lobby, which included coffee, fruit, granola bars, and more. That was a nice touch to find so early in the morning. I also noticed that the complimentary airport shuttle was already running that early; again, something not every hotel offers.
But the best feature is their restaurant, the Lakeside Bar and Grill. The atmosphere is upscale casual, with lots of wood tables and booths, and outdoor patio seating next to a small lake. I expected the prices to be in the $10 - $25 range, and they probably are, on the regular dinner menu. But from 4-6 p.m., they offer a Happy Hour $5 food menu – and this is not your usual happy hour appetizers; these are full dinners! There are a dozen or more dinners on the menu, including over-sized salads, buttermilk-battered chicken strips, pasta plates (with or without meat), fish tacos, white chicken chili, and cooked-to-order, fully-dressed burgers with fries. The portions are not down-sized, either – these are full-sized dinners. And the restaurant staff was upscale professional as well, much more than I expected in an airport hotel.
I booked here because the rate was slightly less than my usual PDX hotel. I was so pleased with the restaurant and the quality of the room that I plan to make this my new regular PDX hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This President's Award winning Radisson provides a peaceful setting adjacent to a golf course and overlooking a picturesque lake teeming with birds and wildlife. Even though the property is off the main thoroughfare it is a mere 5 minute complimentary shuttle ride to the Portland International Airport (PDX). This 4 story property has 190 guest rooms and suites with a variety of bed types including Sleep Number beds, and standard firm and pillow-top mattresses. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property, an onsite fitness center, business center, gift shop, complimentary guest laundry, 100% non-smoking, complimentary fresh baked cookies and espresso machine in the lobby. There is approximately 2500 sq. Ft. Of meeting space onsite with full catering services available. The onsite Lakeside Bar and Grill serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and room service. They offer a wide variety of regional selections in any price range from burgers and sandwiches to entree salads, seafood and steaks. Happy Hour is particularly popular offering small plates, local microbrews and wines. Seasonal outdoor dining is available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Portland
- Portland Radisson