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“This hotel is becoming dated and needs upgrading. Draught-proofing room doors would be a good start.”

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University Place Hotel and Conference Center
Ranked #80 of 144 Hotels in Portland
Reviewed 17 June 2014

The best thing about this hotel was its location - just to the south of downtown Portland. Breakfast fayre was also pretty good.

But I have three significant negatives to report about our third floor room:-
1) The door was not draught-proof and so the room became very chilly. In the morning you could see daylight creeping in all around the doorway as the outside air continued to rush in.
2) When the lady next door got up early to have her shower we were woken by the noise. We heard her turn on the shower and drop her soap - that is how soundproof the room was.
3) Although I knew about this beforehand, I don't see why guests with cars should have to pay $15 a day for car parking. It is just a rip off and seems more so when I recall that in no other hotel on our North West Pacific holiday journey did we have to pay a car parking fee.

University Place is a big hotel but it is becoming rather dated and needs upgrading if it is to justify its room prices. The TV in our room was chunky old school and so modern oblong TV images were incomplete on the square screen.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

We booked through a third party site for this hotel/motel. The room looked old and the furniture looked old too. The air conditioner unit was old and couldn't cool the room enough. The biggest complaint about this place though, was that after we booked it, we get to the hotel and they tell us that it will be $15.00 to park in THEIR parking lot outside our rooms. Ridiculous that it wasn't included in the price of staying in this place. The good thing about this hotel is that it was close to waterfront dining and street cars were right outside our hotel. We should have left the rental car at the airport and taken the railway/street cars to this place. This place did have a full hot breakfast that came with the stay. The rooms face in (courtyard interior), but you should be very aware that you will be there with college students during a lot of the times of the year.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the rehabbed rooms.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank BonnieKeith
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

Clean, well appointed, large room, with comfortable bed. Good facilities. Brilliant proximity to several public transport options giving quick access throughout city for low cost. Access to Avis/Budget hire car also a bonus, providing reasonably priced rental cars with free airport drop off.

Breakfast selection was quite good, with cereal and selection of hot food. Reasonably priced evening meals available at the restaurant.

Would stay again, and already recommended hotel to friends who were staying in higher priced hotels with smaller rooms. Thanks

Room Tip: Chose a room facing rear carpark which was quiet, yet not too far to walk.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

First off, I suppose we booked the non-renovated rooms, as our room looked nothing like the pictures that we saw online. We had to walk through a dark and dank hallway to our room, only to find a very dated and tired motel room -- when I checked the bed (we've had an 8 hour train ride to Portland), the pillows and bedding were covered in what looked like both human and dog hair. We called the front desk and told them of the situation, and all they did was bring us two new pilowcases and two new flat sheets, that we had to install ourselves. The heater was loud, and would rattle when it turns on, the bathroom small and uninviting.

The only good we can say is that the hot breakfast was generous, the location is great (we walked downtown), and the staff held our luggage for the day. We knew this is not a luxury hotel, but even for the lower price for a Portland stay, we expected a clean room at the very least. We will look elsewhere next time.

Room Tip: If you ARE going to stay here, do yourself a favour, and ask for one on the renovated rooms.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

I stayed in both the four-star Marriott and here in March, and found this appropriately located hotel more than adequate. It needs some refurbishing, but staff are helpful and friendly, everything you need is within walking distance, and there's not much fuss about making or changing arrangements. Good value, in comparison with its upmarket competitors.

Room Tip: If you can, choose a newer rather than an older room.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

My fiancé and I stayed there recently on a trip to Portland and were not super impressed… The location was great because we could walk to just about every place we wanted to see, but that is where the positive comments end. The front desk staff were not very friendly, the continental breakfast was sub-par, and the hotel itself is in desperate need of remodeling. I will look elsewhere next time.

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1  Thank Sarah V
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

I got a good price online and went into the experience knowing the rating of the hotel and that this would not be a 3 or 4 star experience. But the location was close to the conference I was attending at PSU and convenience was what I was looking for most. We drove over from Bend, Oregon after work arriving around 7:30pm. When we arrived the place was packed, and from the signs in the lobby the hotel was hosting a conference themselves the next day. When we made it to the reception desk (a short wait of 15 min or so) the hostess could not find our reservation. I produced my copy of the Expedia confirmation. A manager then appeared and said he would look into it and asked us to wait off to the side. We were offered warm cookies to eat while we waited. After a few minutes he returned and apologized that “Expedia” had overbooked the hotel, believing the hotel had more rooms than they did. Really? But he was very gracious and offered us a room at the Benson fully paid for by the hotel including parking. I thought the hotel staff were friendly enough and the manager handled the overbooking professionally, even though it was an inconvenience. We were quickly on our way and checked in to the other hotel in less than 30 minutes.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Additional Information about University Place Hotel and Conference Center

Address: 310 SW Lincoln St, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97201-5007
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Region: United States > Oregon > Portland > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #80 of 144 Hotels in Portland
Price Range: £56 - £90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — University Place Hotel and Conference Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 235
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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