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“Quiet and comfortable, and appealing package deals” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Mark Spencer Hotel
Ranked #11 of 138 Hotels in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Chico, California
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Quiet and comfortable, and appealing package deals”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2011

The Mark Spencer is conveniently located near many pubs, restaurants, and shops. We were especially pleased that Powell's Books is only a few blocks away. The hotel is clean and the staff was very polite and helpful. We took advantage of one of their many "package" offerings, and attended the Johnny Mathis concert at Arlene Schnitzer Hall, for which the hotel purchased our tickets as part of the cost of the room. This was a very reasonable package price, and we got upgraded to an Executive Suite. Although the kitchen and bathroom were somewhat dated, the room was large and comfortable. I believe they are going to be doing some renovations, including adding a fitness facility and restaurant. Our stay did include afternoon tea, wine/cheese, and continental breakfast, as well as a New York Times (we would have preferred a local paper).

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank NorCalBirder
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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2011

great location to check out old town and the breweries. Room was just ok, nothing fancy.

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Redding, CA
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2011

We had the pleasure of staying at the Mark Spencer again this year. The hotel is very clean and quiet. Front desk is always very cordial. The afternoon wine tasting is a very nice perk. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Beds are great. I would recommend this hotel as a place to stay when visiting Portland. It is within walking distance to all the great shopping and restaurants and even Whole Foods.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2011

This is a great downtown hotel, right in the pearl district close to everything. My wife and I had a great time! It started with the free wine and cheese in the hotel, then off to dinner at one of the many great resturants close by, then followed up with a movie. The room was clean, the staff was friendly, and we had a very relaxing, good time. I can't wait to do it again!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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cascadia
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91 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Mark Spencer for five nights while attending a medical conference across the street at the Governor Hotel. The room is a small apartment, complete with full kitchen, nice living room, dining table with four chairs, big bedroom with comfortable bed, spacious dressing room, and adequate bathroom with plenty of hot water and great water pressure. Only problem was the aforementioned paper-thin walls, and ceilings, which was only a problem for one night, when a young child was racing back and forth in the room above, for a long time. Outside noise wasn't a problem in our courtyard-facing room The double-paned windows that open do a nice job of blocking noise.

The Mark Spencer is very conveniently located in downtown Portland, close to Powell's and a couple of great grocery stores, walking distance to all the fabulous restaurants in NW Portland. And the neighborhood is safe. And the price is extremely reasonable.

The Mark Spencer is definitely a good choice for anyone looking for a nice place, for not too much money, in a good location.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
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1 Thank arachne
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Victoria, Canada
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2011

Never having stayed in Portland we had no idea where to stay, while not trying to break the bank. Seeing this hotel in a guidebook we stopped by to enquire and were pleasantly surprised by the warmth of the decor and pleasantness of the staff. All in an affordable price. Staff were knowledgeable of the area and provided a great resource to explore the city. Clean, quiet rooms. A location which made walking around downtown easy. Try Kenny and Zukes lunch deli across the street, fabulous food.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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bham
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2011

My son and I stayed in the executive suite with separate bedroom for me for four nights. The bedroom very nice and private allowing freedom for son to venture out until wee hours and not disturb the sleeping mom. The kitchenette came in handy ,though not really needed because of the generous fare in the lobby. The subtantial breakfast and afternoon tea kept us well fed. Location is perfect- everything within walking distance. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly (Thank you Lena, best employee ever!) We will be staying here again- frequently as Portland is our new favorite! Mark Spencer Hotel is perfect in every possibly way. Wonderful stay!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
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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 Family Hotel in Portland
#22 Romantic 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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