My wife and I are frequent visitors to Marriott properties. In the past whenever we’ve been in Portland we’ve stayed at the Portland Marriott City Center. However, for a change we decided to try the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront.
To its credit Marriott is now spending many millions of dollars to upgrade this 30 year-old property and is clearly making an effort to have the property’s employees brush up on their skills.
However, in my view it won’t be enough to make me want to return to this hotel. First, in comparison with the City Center location, it’s not in a very good spot. The walk to the Pearl District where most of the notable restaurants and brew pubs are located is more than a mile distant – twice as far away as the other hotel.
Secondly, the standard rooms at the Waterfront property are painfully small, and the bathrooms even smaller.
So, when in Portland, if there’s no overriding reason for you to stay at this hotel (e.g. a convention), choose something more in the core of downtown.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Plan a memorable getaway to Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront. Our upscale hotel in Portland, Oregon sits along the Willamette River in the heart of the action offering city and waterfront views. Enjoy our perfect location near Keller Auditorium, Riverplace Marina and Portland State University. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Portland Marriott Downtown Hotel Portland
- Marriott Portland