While travelling, I found myself needing a hotel room for just one night in Portland, so I called AAA for hotel recommendations. They were great and gave me a list of the top 5 places with availability and rates. They told me the 5th Ave Suites had vacancies at $169., and since I had enjoyed a stay at the San Francisco Triton, I thought I'd give it a go.
I called the hotel, and the clerk was strangely hesitant; he seemed unsure as to exactly which rooms were vacant, and he balked at the quoted rate. He seemed to want me to book a suite at $220, which I did not want to do for just one night. Strangest of all, though, he seemed to be warning me that they were nearly booked up and they weren't sure if they would choose to honor my room request! In spite of my misgivings, I gave him my word I'd be there and he sort of promised me the deluxe room.
When we arrived, they had decided not only to honor us with a room but to upgrade us to a suite for the same price. Sounded great! That is, until we got to the suite. It reeked of smoke, and the phones smelled as though they had bin dipped in beer. We were exhausted, so we went for dinner at the excellent in-house restaurant and called it a night.
Upon check-out, my partner mentioned the smelly room and was told we had indeed been put in a smoking room; they set some aside "for Europeans who insist on it". Hmm...last time I checked, I was neither from Europe or a smoker, so I would have appreciated being asked...or at least told.
Plusses: the hotel is quite attractive, and the room was large with a fairly good bed. The bathroom was large, although the fixtures were cheap...the shower massage was stuck on one setting and could not be budged. The restaurant was good, although on a busy Saturday night it was crammed with large groups of rowdy young people. Usually I would be bugged by that, but I was tired and hungry and the food was good. Service was pleasant but rather leisurely.
There were large conference rooms on our floor, and we had the mischance to attempt to get on the elevator as a particularly large group of social workers was finishing with some sort of event. They shoved us aside, screamed and laughed, and made us feel like reeds in a whirlpool!
I think I would rather try a different hotel next time I'm in Portland. If you go fir this one, be SURE to get guarantees on the room type and rate before you agree to anything, and see the room first.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Monaco Portland Kimpton
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-diamond Hotel Monaco Portland, a Kimpton Hotel, offers an ideal sanctuary in downtown Portland, Oregon. Centered in the city’s cultural hub, this luxury hotel was named as one of the world’s Top 500 Hotels by Travel + Leisure magazine and is honored by TripAdvisor travelers as a Top 25 Hotel in the U.S. in 2012 (#9). Enter this unique boutique hotel and enter a world where everyone is warmly welcomed and pampered. Adjacent to the hotel is what some say is downtown Portland’s best restaurant, Red Star Tavern & Roast House. ... more less
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