I was a little hesitant in booking this hotel, because it was away from the central downtown area. However, I was very glad we did end up here! The hotel sits right on the water, and we stayed in a Riverside King room on the 3rd floor (highly suggest getting a room on 3rd or 4th floor to get some kind of view of the river although the trees block some of it). My girlfriend had never been to Portland, so this was definitely a 'tourist' kind of trip. The hotel is about 1.5 miles from the heart of downtown but it is only a short 5 minute walk to the Portland Streetcar (costs $1/person) which takes you downtown very easily. We also used the 'Navigator' shuttle service a couple of times that the hotel offers and found it available when we needed a ride. We rented a hybrid car, so the steep $25/day valet service charge was waived!! Remember, Portland is GREEN and eco-minded. The room was spacious and the bathroom had a separate shower and tub along with a large sink area. The bed seemed a bit soft and lumpy, and the pillows were not the best in my opinion. We both slept great in spite of those bed issues. Aquariva is a better than average restaurant with an outdoor patio that sits right on the bike path & river. We did not use the spa services or fitness center but both looked very nice. Overall, I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who would enjoy exploring Portland by foot and by streetcar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- River’s Edge Hotel & Spa is an environmentally-friendly, 99-room luxury boutique hotel located at the edge of Portland’s South Waterfront District, an emerging mixed-use neighborhood integrating alternative transportation, parks and trails, green building practices, retail, restaurants and healthy living with art and design. Perched on the banks of the Willamette River just minutes from downtown Portland, River’s Edge offers travelers the sophistication and warm hospitality of the Pacific Northwest. Guests and visitors enjoy classic service, modern amenities and comforts expected from Portland boutique hotels, making River’s Edge Hotel & Spa a favorite among all Portland waterfront hotels. Among the hotel’s valued amenities are its luxurious two-level, 13,000-square-foot full-service spa, salon and fitness center as well as Aquariva restaurant and bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avalon Hotel And Spa
- Avalon Hotel Portland