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“Nice place but no free rail zone anymore” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Courtyard by Marriott Portland Downtown/Convention Center

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Courtyard by Marriott Portland Downtown/Convention Center
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   435 NE Wasco St, Portland, OR 97232   |  
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Ranked #15 of 133 Hotels in Portland
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“Nice place but no free rail zone anymore”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

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.

Room Tip: High rooms are better, significant road noise even on a Sunday morning.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Clean hotel.Quiet.Close to Amtrak and transit and convention site.Confusing in that there were 2 Marriott Courtyards. Pleasant font desk staff. Several restaurants nearby.Quiet bar. 220 characters??Nothing else to say!!

Room Tip: Higher rooms are quieter
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

My wife and I decided to stay here because it was convienent to get around Portland using the MAX light rail system. This property is near the convention center (3 blocks away) and Rose Garden Arena (about a 5 minute walk). All of the MAX lines are accessible from here and later on this month (September 2012) the Portland Streetcar will be running right next to this property. The staff is very attentive and much kudos to Joel (a trainee) for making our stay here feel very welcome. The only downside is that this hotel is only 6 stories tall and street noise is quite bad! Even with the Streetcar coming, I think it's going to become worse! I really don't know if there are any "good" rooms for people that are light sleepers.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

We stayed at the courtyard for three nights. Very convenient to the train into town. Only took about 10 minutes. Very clean, with a few restaurants within walking distance. Not in the main area of downtown but without the hastke of the downtown area.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012 via mobile

200 characters ? Come on !!!! See my comments - a very very very good staff. Leslie is a great member in the dining room, bar none. Everyone in hotel is gracious, nice staff....did I mentiongood food n nice ambiance ?

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tucson, Arizona, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

The hotel was very clean and the service was wonderful. I have been traveling to this hotel for a few years and most times I see the same servers in the restaurant. They make me feel as if I am coming home, particularly Islanka. She is very warm and welcoming and always makes each of us feel special.

Thank you so much, Islanka, for all you do to make the weary business traveler feel good about their day.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

The hotel was wonderful, but the retaurant service....wow, nicely done
Young lady (Lindsey) what a great person to have as your server.
Wonderful personality, checking and always with a smile, made
my long day at my visit, come to a final rest, something very refreshing
she had about her.
Great, whoever hired her,,,,hooray!!! Hoping to come back soon; will definitely
check to make sure she will be in the restaurant.

Room Tip: No tip, the hotel keeps the name as the quality factor. The only thing, they did not have a spa., b...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 435 NE Wasco St, Portland, OR 97232
Location: United States > Oregon > Portland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Portland
#12 Business Hotel in Portland
#15 Green Hotel in Portland
#24 Romantic Hotel in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Courtyard by Marriott Portland Downtown/Convention Center 3*
Number of rooms: 202
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Also Known As:
Courtyard By Marriott Portland Downtown/Lloyd Hotel Portland
Courtyard Portland Downtown
Portland Marriott
Portland Courtyard

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