I think it's important to keep in mind that this is a university-owned hotel, and running/upkeeping a hotel is not a university's top priority. That being said, I'm trying to rate it alongside any other normal hotel. To me, a Comfort Inn is an average hotel, and the cleanliness and upkeep at University Place is just a step below that of a Comfort Inn or comparable kind of hotel, so I rated it as 'poor,' but it's right on the cusp of poor & average. It's pretty standard in terms of average, boring hotel decor, but the cleanliness and quality of everything from carpets to walls to sheets to bathroom to tv reception is on the dingy, worn side. The sheets & pillowcases themselves are obviously fresh and clean, but there are mysterious (I don't want to know) spots on the blankets & bedcovers that makes it pretty obvious those are not cleaned between each visitor, so I just tossed them on the floor. The tv is flatscreen but gets grainy reception. There are shower amenities unused & new towels, but a shampoo bottle left half-used and I wonder about the drinking glasses. As I said, it's got standard stuff, just on the dingy side. If you're an average person who's just looking for a place to sleep and you don't care about having a really nice hotel room, then you can't beat this place for the price ($60-70 a night in SW Portland is cheap!) And if you have business at PSU or OHSU, you can't beat the proximity. BUT if you're looking for nice, modern rooms or a vacation hotel, or if you're looking for an extremely clean place, look somewhere else. I'm a bit of a germophobe and I would say this place definitely makes me question the level of cleanliness of the amenities, but it's do-able if you're not freaked out by used shampoo bottles or a couple small holes in the sheets. Would recommend for one-night, unfussy travelers, but not for a vacation, luxury stay, or long stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Affordable rooms and conference space with easy access to everything in downtown including Pioneer Square, Saturday Market, and Portland Art Museum. TriMet public transportation located right in front of the hotel. Outdoor seasonal pool, free WiFi and giant cookie upon check-in are just a few of our great amenities! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- University Place Hotel Portland