One night stay at this property. Has received the Courtyard updates with the redone front desk area with big screen information center.
Room is nice and contemporary. Not as funky as the Courtyard downtown, which is really more of a boutique hotel. However the rooms are generally larger at this property
Easy access to MAX light rail, a few blocks away. I would point out that MAX now costs $2.50 per ride ($5 all day) and there is no free fare zone as of September 1st. Other reviews have mentioned free train rides, but they are now in the past due to TriMet transit system financial difficulties.
I arrived at night on MAX from the airport and was disoriented, so here are some directions. Get off MAX at the Convention Center stop. On your left as you get off will be the convention center itself. Find Martin Luther King drive and go the opposite way with the convention center at your back to find the hotel a few blocks away. You will pass Starbucks, Burgerville and Red Robin on the way. Signage for the hotel is not very prominent and the hotel is only 6 stories tall, so it is not easy to find in the dark.
When wandering around in the dark trying to find the hotel I was hit up for 'spare change' several times by panhandlers and walked by a person sleeping in a doorway. Not that unusual for Portland, but sometimes a bit disconcerting none the less. Portland has more than its share of young panhandlers for some reason.
Breakfast buffet in attached restaurant was good, with made to order omelettes and the usual bacon, sausage, fruit and great baked items. $12.95 isn't a bad price either, though you may get a rate that includes breakfast (probably only for $11 value).
Not a lot of easy choices for restaurants when looking around in the dark. A Red Robin (boring chain restaurant), Dennys (ugh), Starbucks and Burgerville come to mind. I went to Burgerville and had halibut and chips, giant onion rings and a milkshake. Burgerville is a local institution that touts its local sourcing of many of the ingredients for its food. A bit pricey for fast food though, I walked out with a $19 bill for one person.
All in all, a nice place to stay if the rates are lower than downtown by a bit. However transport costs now need to be factored in when staying here with the disappearance of the free fare zone on MAX.
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