My lovin' hubby and I set off on yet another one of our road trips, this time from San Francisco to Portland and back. The Hotel Rose was the place we chose to stay in Portland, based on TripAdvisor reviews combined with a deal on Priceline. The hotel is centrally located in Downtown Portland, which much like our hometown San Francisco is experiencing a "Homeless Epidemic". We discovered that the first night we went out on foot in search of dinner and drinks. We also discovered a lovely restaurant called The Lotus Cafe and Cardroom, and later a great dive bar called the Yamhill Pub for shots.Thus we established a love / hate relationship with Downtown Portland.When we got back to the hotel I was happy that we had spent the extra $20/day to have the car "Valet Parked" which equates to a 20' walk for the Valet and extra security for your parked car (because the Valet lot is right in front of the front door as opposed to the Open lot 1 floor downstairs).
The room was bright and clean (but very WARM) with complimentary bottled water (handy for day hikes), mini-fridge (good for leftovers) and individual cup coffee-maker. We immediately opened the windows and reset the heater. Later, we found out the room just stays warm, no matter what the setting on the heater. The open windows fixed the problem, but created a problem of their own: NOISE.Two different Streetcar lines run right next to the hotel (We had a "City" view). There is also a train that runs very close to the hotel, you can hear it's whistle at 3am as it goes by. I couldn't stand it on our third night and closed the windows, but when that streetcar comes by you can hear the rumble through the walls. It reminded me of the Lucy episode when they stay in a hotel right on the train tracks.
The walk-in shower looked great, but performed horribly. Every time we took a shower the bathroom floor amassed an 1/8 of an inch in water. Therefor we had to use all the towels supplied to mop up the mess, what a chore!! I can't believe no one has slipped or electrocuted themselves while drying their hair.I think the trouble lies with the arm hole cut into the shower wall, if they installed some kind of sliding door, it would improve the condition immensely. The TV did not have HBO,etc which would have been nice to watch while we ate our room service breakfast; which arrived on time and happily still warm, Service at the hotel was fine both at the desk, room service, and valet. The restaurant and bar were closed for remodeling during our stay. All in all an "okay" stay, but I think we'll try another spot next time we visit.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel 50
- Fifty Hotel Portland
- Hotel Fifty Portland
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With its iconic food cart gatherings, anti-establishment murals and even a 24-Hour Church of Elvis, its no wonder the mantra of this town is “Keep Portland Weird.” And right in the heart of it all you’ll find Hotel Rose, a funky, fun and “oh-so-Portland” boutique hotel located directly across from Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the beautiful Willamette River. From shopping to dining to outdoor recreation, there’s no better home base for exploring the odd, the exquisite and the just plain outrageous. Welcome to Hotel Rose Portland. ... more less
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