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Mark Spencer Hotel
Ranked #11 of 138 Hotels in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
California, USA
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great location for The Mark Spencer Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2008

We stayed two nights at The Mark Spencer Hotel in downtown Portland. The location is excellent. Everything is within walking distance. We found the hotel nice and clean, and the service excellent. The downstairs lobby and breakfast area were especially charming. Our room was adequate, not as big as your typical motel room, but then this was supposed to be a "European-style" hotel. One nice feature was that it included a small kitchen. The downside to that was the hum of the refrigerator at night. Another nice feature was getting the New York Times delivered to our door in the morning. The breakfast was OK, the breakfast area pleasant, but the amount of seating somewhat limited. Overall, though, we liked our stay there and would definitely come back.

  • Liked — the location
  • Disliked — not having a bathtub
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank bibiras
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Wyoming
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2008

We had a wonderful three night stay at this Hotel. The staff was so friendly and helpful. The room was spotlessly clean and the beds comfortable. We especially enjoyed the fact that we could easily walk to the Portland Center Stage and to many interesting places to dine. I will certainly recommend the Mark Spencer to anyone going to Portland.

  • Liked — the close proximity to theatre
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Wy0
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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2007

The room was clean and the hotel offered complimentary Continental breakfast and daily afternoon tea and cookies. The room actually came with a full service kitchen which my husband and I did not need but it was still great that it was there. The location was within walking distance of many restaurants and also very close to the streetcar line. Included in the rate is a daily copy of the New York Times. If you love books, you will love that this hotel is only one block away from Powell's Books, a huge used and new bookstore. There is also a Buffalo Exchange within walking distance of the hotel. I don't know about you but I love vintage clothing. Portland is a beautiful city - a gem for people who love to be outdoors. Enjoy the International Rose Test Garden (free admission), the Japanese Gardens, the Classical Chinese Garden, and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. We took the submarine tour there.

  • Liked — the quietness
  • Disliked — that it did not include a hot breakfast in the rate
  • Stayed September 2005, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Beachmama79
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Montana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2007

Older hotel that needs serious updating. Hallways were dark and dingy and need carpet replaced. We stayed in a studio room that also needed updating. Everything was just really dark. Bathroom seemed to have been upgraded with new shower/toilet/sink. TINY little shelf over sink that makes it hard to get ready. Bed was really hard and room was very noisy with people next door or in hallways. Kitchenette was ok but the cutting board hadn't been cleaned in a long time as there were remains of many old foods. Staff was overall pretty good. We did request they call a cab for an early morning appointment we had but they failed to do that and we were late. They were helpful with directions and suggestions for restaurants and entertainment. All pictures that I saw online were very deceiving compared to the actual place. I would probably not stay there again but I guess it is a good value.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Needs renovations
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank bulldog4960
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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2007

Good Location close to Powell's bookshop & Jake's Crawfish restaurant

However there was some painting work going on and reception staff shrugged off when we complained about the smell of paint and that the work would be finished shortly . Only when the words asthma attack were mentioned did they re allocate a room 2 hours later they were still painting and the next morning somebody else was complaining but the hotel was full as it was a weekend . Hotel should have scheduled the work better or not allow the rooms to be let ( It was a few affected)

  • Liked — Convenient location
  • Disliked — 2 Areas allocated for breakfast the obvious one got very busy
  • Stayed August 2007
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank threespires
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Columbus, OH
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2007

The only place we could find 7 nights (without changing rooms) in Portland was the Mark Spencer. We were actually put in the Washington Arms next to the M.S. which uses the 4th and 5th floor for "overflow". The W.A. is not directly connected to the M.S. so you have to walk out and around the corner to the front desk and for breakfast. You also have no wi-fi access from the W.A. It also got a little noisy from the adjacent bar on Fri. and Sat. night, but fine the other nights. At first I didn't like the idea of being separated over in the W.A., but it was pretty secure requiring 4 separate card swipes from outside to getting into your room. We spend very little time in our hotel rooms so the basic room configuration worked well. A little over $70/night after taxes made it a very economical stay for us.

  • Liked — location to transportation and sites in the City
  • Disliked — Separate from main hotel
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank Theo4455
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London, UK
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2007

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Mark Spencer for one night in August. We were very impressed; it was extremely good value for good quality accommodation in a good area. Our room was large and very comfortable; the bathroom was very nice, and we were surprised to see we had a whole kitchen - which certainly would be a boon if staying for longer. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was simple but very decent. The Rough Guide had made the location out to sound like it was very dodgy, but we certainly didn't feel like that. It's surrounded by good bars and restaurants, very close to the wonderful Powell's bookstore, and a short walk to lots of other bars and attractions. Couldn't fault it.

  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank Rannulph
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Property: Mark Spencer Hotel
Address: 409 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205-2603
Region: United States > Oregon > Portland > Downtown
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#22 Romantic Hotel in Portland
#22 Family Hotel in Portland
#25 Business Hotel in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Mark Spencer Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 101
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the world of hospitality, there are a few unexpected places in which timeless European flair, cultured style and Old World courtesy are vibrantly alive. These lasting impressions are also accompanied by a profound respect for another very precious aspect: your comfort. Welcome to The Mark Spencer Hotel, an exceptional value in the hub of the city. ... more   less 
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