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Mark Spencer Hotel
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Reviewed 7 August 2007

Saw the comments about this being an older hotel and while there were a few things I would change, I had a great stay for two nites in July. $111 on Travelocity which was pretty reasonable. The location is perfect, 1 min to Powell's, 5 min walk to most restaurants in the Pearl District, 20 min or so to NW 21st which was a cool neighborhood, close to buses. I too was surprised that there were no signs stating you should put your towells on the floor if you needed new ones. The water pressure could have been a little better, but it wasn't bad and while I just used the fridge for some water and leftover baked goods, that kitchen area could come in handy. The computer was a little slow but served the purpose for a quick check on email, front desk was nice, appreciated the OJ in the morning. I'd stay again.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled solo
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Thank Joanie881
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Reviewed 20 July 2007

We've stayed here several times over the last few years. The location is excellent. It is right in the heart of the Pearl District and within a block or two of Powells. The outside of the hotel looks like a typical older city building. The inside of the lobby is very nice and the staff is excellent. They're all dressed in suites/skirts/etc. They are very helpful when it comes to getting directions, taxis, reservations, ideas on where to go and what to do. The rooms are pretty average. They look a little old and could use some updating, but nothing that isn't acceptable (see my review of the Queen Anne in Seattle). The stairwells have very small risers so they can be tricky to go up and down, but if you're not an elevator fan, this is the way to go. The breakfast is pretty average for a continental breakfast. But since you get a kitchenette in your room, it works great. Bring eggs and bacon or something similar and you'll have a complete breakfast. The rooms have full sized fridges so you can stock up on those good Oregon/Portland micro-brews. You have silverware, plates, a few pots and pans, dish soap and a sponge, and paper towels provided for you. You also have a full sized oven and stove top. With a pretty large TV, you have all the comforts of home. The parking isn't too bad. I drive a medium sized truck and so I park in the surface lot. They have underground parking as well, but I haven't ventured down there. The surface lot isn't huge, but big enough to get a medium sized truck into. You wouldn't want to be coming and going from it though. Its just too tricky to get in and out of. But if you're coming to walk around town, you're set. Just park it and leave it. The only downside to this place is that they are still insisting on charging for their Wi-Fi. The city now has free Wi-Fi and the Mark Spencer is within the coverage area. We haven't tried the freebie yet, but I would assume it is pretty well used up (e.g. probably not enough addresses available for everyone in the coverage area). We will certainly be back here and as long as things don't take a turn for the worse, we'll always stay here.

  • Stayed: July 2006
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2  Thank BoiseBronco
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Reviewed 23 June 2007

This centrally-located, downtown Portland hotel has comfortable suites and rooms with kitchens - a good place to park if you need to spend at least a week waiting for that interview, your new apartment/condo/house/etc.. They offer a nice breakfast that's included in the room rate.
However, we were dismayed by the internet access charge (wifi @ $8/24hrs, $35/week)
Also, our 'green' request to not refresh towels and bed linens unless we placed them on the floor was honored only for one day!

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled on business
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Thank scallop
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Reviewed 8 June 2007

Friendly staff, continental breakfast of fruit and bagels and cereals. Nice location to Pearl District and free Internet. Rooms are older and basic but clean. Enclosed parking structure which cost $16 a night which seemed high to me. Overall nice time.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank lizwood71
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Reviewed 7 May 2007

This was my fifth or sixth stay at this hotel. Had standard room with comfortable large bed and table, armchair; kitchenette area with refrigerator, stove, etc., small bathroom with tub/shower and good sink. Room was clean, well kept up. Front desk personnel all very friendly, competent and helpful. Included in room price, breakfast with juice, cereal choice, bagels, toast, various muffins and pastries and fresh fruit, as well as excellent coffee and tea, was very good. Afternoon coffee/tea and cookies 3-5 pm a nice touch. (When I walked in with 7-year old grandson at 2:35 for a short stop before going out again and asking about cookies, young lady at front desk went behind scenes to come with the tray to have grandson help himself to a couple of cookies, a most gracious touch.)Computer in small lobby was available to hotel guests on a first-come, first-serve basis, a rather pleasant convenience, which nobody abused by hogging. Location of hotel is splendid: two blocks to Burnside St. buslines and remarkable Powell's bookshop, top Portland seafood restaurant Jake's Crawfish is just around corner, short walk to many downtown shops, library, museums, concert halls, etc., also Pearl district. 10-12 minutes' walk (or a short cab ride) to Portland's Union Station and Greyhound station. Since I have a medical situation that requires me to lie down in early afternoon I asked that care be taken to service my room early each day, which was always done. This comfortable existence and pleasant atmosphere cost me $76 per day (weekly rate, which is a 30% reduction from the daily rate quoted on internet) plus the usual 12.5% hotel tax. Local calls are 50c, 800 calls are free.
I have already booked my next stay for August and highly recommend this hotel to all except the traveler who is only satisfied with luxury accommodations.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled solo
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5  Thank melvinsen
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