My firm has an office in Portland so I have spent many nights at various hotels in this area over the last five years. I often return to the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower because of its central location for my needs, cleanliness, and consistently good service. I have only encountered occasional problems. I would recommend this hotel to business travelers and couples. I do think it could stand a few upgrades in some respects, but overall I have had good experiences here.
Others have commented on the high quality of the beds here, and I concur. While the other appointments of the rooms are fairly standard I have never found anything broken, damaged or otherwise in need of attention. In short, the rooms I've stayed in have been in good shape. The rooms certainly aren't huge but I wouldn't call them small, either. All the rooms have a desk with an ethernet cable for the internet access. I also rankle at the idea of having to pay more for internet access at a hotel in this day and age, particularly at a hotel that caters to business travelers who often rely on that as a connection to their business. HHonors Golds and up can get this for free, but I honestly think the higher room rate at this hotel should really cover internet access.
As with many hotels I would like to see flat panel TVs in every room and better quality HD channel options. It would be nice if the TVs could also have inputs for computer / DVD sources; some other hotels have this (such as Aloft hotel by PDX) and it is a good amenity.
The fitness center in the building is small and doesn't have free weights, but if you just want to do some cardio and use a universal bench it's serviceable. I understand that guests here can also use the main Hilton hotel's much larger gym and they have free weights.
The main Hilton hotel is kitty-corner to the Executive Tower; I have also stayed there but the last time I did the rooms were in serious need of updating. (To be fair, that was a few years ago.) Reservations for both hotels are made via the same page of the Hilton website, so if reserving a room at the Executive Tower you'll need to select those rooms specifically; usually they are around $20 more per night.
I do recall one occasion when there was limited hot water for my morning shower, but that was about a year ago. I haven't run into that problem again.
The Executive Tower is very close to the light rail or "Max" lines, and when they finish the new "green line" addition (North/South through town) it will run right by this hotel. This is handy for business travelers who fly in and want to avoid renting a car. (The Max red line terminates at PDX.) The hotel is also a stone's throw from many of the primary office buildings, and Portland State is a short walk.
I will admit that when I drive to Portland I usually stay in Beaverton or Lake Oswego for two reasons: (1) nightly room rates at the Executive Tower can lean toward the pricier end of the spectrum and (2) the extra parking charge of 18-20 dollars makes the overall per night cost at the Executive Tower steeper. Staying a little out of town can often be a significant enough savings to make it a better value. Whether you go this route obviously depends on your needs.
I do want to mention that I have always had very good service from the staff here, from the front desk folks to the staff at the Porto Terra restaurant and bar that is inside the hotel.
I've had some good meals at Porto Terra but I usually go elsewhere to eat, primarily because there are plenty of good restaurants in and around Portland to choose from.
Overall, this has been a good place to stay for me as a business traveler. I think couples exploring downtown Portland would also find it a good location. There are other hotels in downtown Portland that I would recommend to people with kids (esp. the Embassy Suites for its bigger rooms).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hilton Portland Downtown has been transformed into a modern newly redesigned hotel, conveniently located in the heart of downtown with spacious guest rooms and executive level amenities. The hotel is within walking distance of downtown’s business district, exclusive tax-free shopping, authentic restaurants and exciting entertainment venues.* HopCity Tavern & Market - our new restaurant concept featuring a modern American gastro-pub cuisine and a grab and go market featuring Stumptown coffee and grab and go snacks and sandwiches * UPS business center - staffed Mon-Fri and a 24-hour computer/internet access connectivity center * Wireless HSIA available in all guestrooms for a fee * Free Wifi in the lobby * Parking garage * Concierge desk * Complimentary 24-hour fitness room with an indoor waveless lap pool * Computer/internet kiosk available in lobby * ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Portland And Executive Tower
- Hilton Portland & Executive Tower Hotel Portland
- Hilton Portland Executive Hotel
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