I needed a place to stay in Portland for 5 nights. My husband also stayed the first and last night, as he had a short business trip out of state in between.
I spent a long time online researching hotels, amenities, and reviews, before I settled on this one.
I was very happy with the hotel. We were not looking for something fancy, and it wasn't. But it suited our purposes just about perfectly.
I needed to be able to exercise, and I wanted to swim some laps in the pool while I was there. I also needed a good internet connection as I was working from the hotel room a lot during the days.
The hotel had all of the amenities one could need - desk, comfortable leather desk chair, fridge, microwave, iron/ironing board, coffee maker, high-speed wireless internet (actually the internet speed was over 5 MPS which is pretty good), TV (which I don't need but that's me), full sets of towels, etc.
The shower was simple but great, with adjustable head. There was no bathtub. The dressing table and sink area was great for putting on makeup etc (well lit, enough space). It was very helpful to have a fridge and microwave there as I did not want to spend money eating in restaurants! And did not have to.
The exercise room was also very convenient; though I would personally improve it a bit if it were up to me. There was a bike, elliptical, and stepper. But no treadmill :( which was not so good as I am trying to run at least 15 miles per week. Also the exercise equipment was a bit rickety. It did work though. The bike seat adjustment seemed to not work properly (I should have told the manager but only thought of it now).
The pool was perfect for swimming laps, and it was very warm!
The coffee maker in the room was not so good - even when I used and ground my own coffee, any coffee made in those machines was pretty bad. I think it has to do with how the filter is shaped. Also there is a strong smell in the elevator, which seems like stale air from the shaft and/or a ventilation system that hasn't been cleaned in a long time. However, this was just the elevator.
But the room was perfectly fine, and clean. It was pleasant to spend the day there.
Breakfast was pretty ample and was good - though there was a lot of junk food, there was also a bit of healthier food. They had 4 cereals (3 sugar cereals and corn flakes), instant oatmeal, whole wheat bread and toaster, orange juice, apple juice, applesauce (including organic), yogurts, make-you-own waffles, biscuits and gravy, boiled eggs (usually), bananas, apples, pastries, and coffee. The coffee was pretty bad though, very watery. That is not unusual for cheaper coffee in America though.
My husband did have to take a cab twice to the airport because the Days Inn Shuttle only ran from 8 am to 8 pm, which was a disappointment.
The walls are a bit thin so you can hear the noise of your neighbors. Also, there is a lot of noise in the walls of water moving through pipes. That didn't bother me so much but I am not very sensitive to those types of things.
Front desk staff were helpful and friendly, and I had no problems with them at all.
There is also a business center in the reception with a computer and printer for guests to use.
Overall it was a pleasant and fun experience to work and stay in this hotel. My husband stayed in a similarly priced hotel (out of state) while he was away, which had been booked by someone else, and it was a total nightmare. The difference with this hotel was quite extreme and I was very happy that I chose it.
If I needed to stay in this area again for a period of time I would definitely stay in this hotel.
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