For travelers like us this place has it all. Brilliant location; upbeat helpful staff; remarkable amenities; and a price one can't beat. Actually it was a deal for the M. S. we saw on some "deal" email that reminded us we have been talking about how we need to get back to wonderful Portland, so we booked.
Both Portland and the M. S. seemed better than ever. Comfy, roomy, small suite; best thread-count sheets we've experienced in a domestic hotel; gratis wine reception at 5 each evening (Waterbrook, no less, from Walla Walla, one of the premier WA appellations); pleasant continental breakfast with no bogus waffles et. al.; and we got half-price parking in the basement @$9 a night. I know not why, but greatly appreciated the bargain. They offer both underground and outside "lot" parking. If you have a large vehicle or aren't a confident driver in tight places, you may wish to opt for the lot. The pillars and corners under the building are all padded, and I expect they get bumped from time to time, but in and out privileges and an elevator to the hotel lobby is a steal even at the regular $18 price. There's always coffee in the lobby, and cookies, as well, it seemed.
On the edge of the Pearl District near Powell's Book Store, Whole Foods, and Portland Center Stage Theatre, one can walk just about anywhere from here, but additionally a street car runs directly in front, and the TriMet runs a few blocks up.
If we can get in here, we'll never stay anywhere else in Portland.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Mark Spencer Hotel Portland
- Mark Spencer Portland