I stayed 3 nights by myself here while visiting family in Portland and it met my expectations. I read ALL the other reviews on it, so I felt like I was going into it with the right expectations...if you do that, then you won't be disappointed.
There's a movie theater there that I didn't get to enjoy (no time) but my sister had been there and she said it was neat (you can order drinks and food and there's just a bunch of old weird couches and chairs in there)
What I like best about this place is the location. It's not in the busy crazy downtown, but rather tucked back into a normal residential neighborhood, so you get more of a local feel when you're walking around, and that's what I go for when I stay places...I want to feel like I live there for minute, and not so much like a tourist. The hotel itself does NOT offer 4 star luxuries at all...it's an old school, so it's a bit noisy at times, the bathrooms aren't fabulous, the bed wasn't terribly comfortable, but it makes up for all that in eclectic charm. I had the "Mrs. Palmer" room, which had chalkboards lining the entry hall and one side of the bedroom opposite the bed. There's chalk, and I'm an artist, so at night before bed I couldn't help but add to the murals that were already there. That was fun. I got an okay night's sleep, and had fun exploring the place (the grounds are big) and my sister and I enjoyed the soaking pool at night after walking around the neighborhoods all day.
There's not a lot to do within walking distance, but the bus system is easy to navigate (I downloaded the PDX app on my iphone and was able to see the bus routes and stops I needed) and there's stops within 2-5minute walks all around the hotel.
The food on site...you should skip it and just go out and explore all the wonderful places to eat around town. Even the dive bars have good food! The hotel does have a couple of cute bars on site...The Detention Bar and the Honors Bar....they're teeny tiny and really cool looking. I didn't end up drinking at either, but I peeked in and wish I had. Also, the hotels coffee is crap. Again, you're in Portland, so you have the worlds best coffee all around you, don't waste your time at the hotel...go out and explore...There's a place called Extracto Coffee within walking distance that was pretty good...I also recommend Courier Coffee which is downtown, and Barista which was on Alberta street (great fun street)...there's a wonderful ice cream shop a few doors down from that too called Salt & Straw (crazy fun flavors like Pear-Blue Cheese....it's good, trust me.)
Overall I recommend it for younger or more eclectic people...if you're used to the Embassy Suites or the Hyatt this place is NOT for you.
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