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“Very nice and well-priced hotel. Some improvements could be made.” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Modera
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   515 SW Clay St, Portland, OR 97201 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #21 of 133 Hotels in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Springfield OR
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18 reviews 18 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Very nice and well-priced hotel. Some improvements could be made.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We've stayed at the Modera at least 3 or 4 times. Nicely located in downtown SW Portland within walking distance of The Pearl the NW and much of downtown. The hotel has been nicely updated from its undoubtedly dowdy 1960's origins of small rooms and a boxy dormlike shape of an L-shaped building with flat roof. The rooms are still small, of course, but they have top-of-the-line very comfy pillow top king beds (or queens), and a nicely appointed bathroom, albeit with a regular old-fashioned tub-shower. You of course get free wi-fi and high-speed internet, and a flat-screen TV. The discount package with $10 per night valet parking was a draw as well.

Negatives are street noise (especially from the city king rooms), tons of outside night lighting you can't shut out unless you close all the curtains. At which point you have no outside ventilation and the room is bound to be hot and stuffy, especially in the fall/winter when you can't run air-conditioning, only heat. The only opening window (an awning window) was on the pillow side of our bed, so the outside lighting was in our eyes all night as we kept the window uncovered to let in air. Definitely disturbed my sleep. A hotel engineer came at 10:30 pm to give us an electric fan to circulate the cool air inside do the temperature would drop below 70 degrees. I like a cool (below 60) dark room for sleeping so these are strong negatives. However, better choices in downtown Portland are few.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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walterville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I bought my daughter a room at the modera. She went with a friend and had such a great time! She sent pictures of them out by the fireplace at night. It was gorgeous. She loved the hotel enough that she even took another friend back to stay.Although I didn't personally stay there, I heard wonderful things about it from Felecia. She is finincky when it comes to nice places to stay.
She loves the special "touches" and little extra details that make a place special enough to stand out, AND go back to. My daughter is 27 and had a wonderful stay...twice!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Second time at the Hotel Modera and it continues to be an excellent choice for a stay in Portland. Modera is located just 3 blocks from the Keller Auditorium so you can walk to the Opera, about 5 blocks from Portland State University so you can walk to the large and delightful Portland Farmer's market on Saturdays, 4 blocks to the performing arts complex if you are staying overnight for a concert. The Max ( light rail train) is directly in front of the hotel and the streetcar stop is about 5 blocks away.
Modera is a reconstruction of an aging motel (travelodge?) and you won't believe the difference in atmosphere and quality. The lobby has an attractive nude painting ( but uncomfortable chairs) and opens onto a courtyard with firepits for evening drinks. The restaurant ( Nel Centro) has good food from the italian riviera and an a great happy hour selection including authentic thin crust pizza. Live jazz on weekend nights until 11:30pm.
We found the room to be quiet and comfortable with marble bathroom , extra pillows, and cozy bed. There is a massive ( not large, heavy) sliding door which doubles as the bathroom and closet door. So you can access one or the other at a time, which is a little awkward when you have two people in the room.
I recommend you check the hotel web site. They often have specials which give discounts on parking or room upgrades.

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

The first time we tried Hotel Modera we were pleased. There were some old reviews from before the new management and remodel in 2007 or 2008(?). We took a chance and hit the jackpot.
The hotel is contemporary and fresh. The staff is very helpful.
The restaurant/bar is alright. We enjoyed Happy Hour in the courtyard. The night we had dinner, it was good, but not amazing. Our server was excellent and paired our meal with a nice bottle of wine.
We like that this hotel is located next door to a local coffee business and across the street from the Post Office (for mailing purchases home). It's a bit of a walk to the main nightlife, which we prefer. Sometimes we hoof it to get the exercise, other times we take the MAXX.
We definitely recommend staying at the Hotel Modera.

Room Tip: Don't rent a car in Portland, instead take the MAXX from the airport. Once in the downtown area...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 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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Hotel_Modera_GM, General Manager at Hotel Modera, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing Hotel Modera on your recent trip to Portland, and thank you for taking the time to review your stay. I’m thrilled you found our hotel to your liking and our staff helpful! Come back soon!

Best Regards,
Desmond Mollendor
General Manager
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Clarksburg, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

I stayed here in early Oct. 2012 and was impressed by the customer service, everyone was so friendly and helpful at the front desk. I found this actually to be true throughout the city, very friendly staff at Starbucks and all of the restaurants I went to. After leaving a pair of pants in my room, I called the hotel and spoke to the housekeeping staff who then mailed them right back to me. My room wasn't enormous, but just the right size for one or two people and it was very clean.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 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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Portland, Oregon, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

I thought this hotel was pretty modern for the price. The service was great, as well as the staff, very nice hotel in a great location and comfortable and safe. About 4-5 blocks from the city center of Portland and much better than staying at the name chain four and five star resorts. I would recommend this to anyone traveling to or through Portland.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Hotel_Modera_GM, General Manager at Hotel Modera, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing Hotel Modera, and thank you for taking posting a review! I’m happy to hear our staff was accommodating and that you will be recommending us to other travelers. We look forward to having you with us on your next trip to Portland!

Best Regards,
Desmond Mollendor
General Manager
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Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

We stayed at the Modera in September 2012. It was a great little hotel, good location, clean comfortable rooms but the staff was excellent. They were always eager to answer questions, give directions, help book tours, whatever we needed. Our husbands went fishing and came back with salmon. The staff cleaned out the freezer in their staff lounge and let us load the fish in the freezer so that we would be able to get it home frozen!!! It also guaranteed it would be safe in their lounge, and it was. We really appreciated their help. They are an awesome group of young people. We definitely recommend staying here. WK

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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: 515 SW Clay St, Portland, OR 97201
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Location: United States > Oregon > Portland > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Luxury Hotel in Portland
#14 Romantic Hotel in Portland
#22 Family Hotel in Portland
#25 Business Hotel in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Modera 4*
Number of rooms: 174
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The rooms are indulged with the softest linen, down blankets and a luxurious pillow top mattress. Our desk includes outlets that are easily accessible with a comfortable leather desk chair. Tarocco bath products are formulated with Sicilian Red Oranges. Amenities include free wireless, passes to 24 Hour Fitness, iPod docking stereo, LCD TVs with HD premium channels, mini refrigerator, made-to-order amenity basket, and an in-room safe big enough to accommodate a full size laptop. ... more   less 
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