I’m not really sure how to rate this hotel. For me it was OK, but Mrs Pontac thought it looked ‘tired’ and in need of redecoration. She particularly disliked the ill fitting patio doors in the restaurant that meant a table by the window – and you want to sit there because of the great views over the river – meant sitting in an icy draft.
The hotel website makes much of the size of its rooms; I can’t visualise what 450sq ft looks like but we had a room with two queen beds and one was too close to the wall for a person to stand on that side. The room didn’t seem significantly larger than a standard Holiday Inn Express or any other hotel. Although, plus point, the room did have a balcony, although unfortunately it was too cold/wet outside for us to use it.
The beds were large and comfortable, it was quiet and we slept very well.
But there was just one easy chair and one desk chair in the room. In the 21st Century I think it reasonable to expect a couple to both want to use their computer and a table or desk that can be used by two should be on the hotel’s list when they next renovate. Internet access was fast and fairly reliable and one didn’t need to mess with passwords.
The bathroom was large and well appointed and there was a second sink outside and opposite the fridge/microwave station with an arthritic coffee machine that took about 30 minutes to produce the brown stuff.
Unlike some other hotels which have courtesy coffee in reception, this hotel has a coffee shop — presumably and understandably because it’s a conference location with many seminar rooms, and many of the people using the facilities would not be staying there.
We stayed there for a week and during that time I attended a conference. The hotel did a magnificent job setting up the function rooms and catering the meals.
The hotel staff were unfailingly courteous and friendly, always greeting guests when passing in corridors.
But Mrs Pontac – who was not attending the conference – was unhappy that the bedroom was not serviced until after midday and sometimes very late afternoon.
The hotel is located on an island, there are river views from the restaurant and from some rooms (though not ours unless you stood on the balcony). There is ample free parking and the hotel is just by the freeway off/on ramps. (I didn't hear any trafic noise in the hotel).
It’s not downtown, there are some fast-food places, a Denny’s and a BJs Brewhouse and an assortment of shops very nearby but without sidewalks we didn’t feel like walking to them.
There is a nearby MAX station (Metro Area Express light rail system). The hotel shuttle bus will take you there and collect you. It’s $5 for an all day metro ticket and the MAX tram goes down the centre streets of downtown Portland in a loop, takes about 20 minutes from the stop by the hotel. Vey easy, cheap and safe to use.
So, what else to say about the Red Lion? A stupid little niggle... When I booked I paid extra for breakfast to be included and was given tickets when I arrived headed ‘complimentary breakfast’ which irritated since I’d paid for breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Portland, Oregon. Located on the Columbia River, directly across the border from Washington State, Red Lion Hotel on the River is a prime location for the vacation, leisure, business and conference traveler. Tennis courts, pool, hot tub, fitness center and 320 guest rooms with pillow top mattresses, triple sheeting and down duvets as well as refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, irons/ironing boards create the home away from home you want while you are on the road. Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach is conveniently located on the scenic Columbia River, just minutes from downtown Portland and 15 minutes from the Portland International Airport. We do provide complimentary transportation with-in a 4 mile radius. Our easily accessible and central location is close to all Portland attractions, major businesses and the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. The Jantzen Beach shopping complex is less than a half-mile away.Our 320 guest rooms, including 24 suites, feature private balconies, some with river, pool and tennis court views. All rooms offer free wi-fi, 32" LCD televisions featuring 60 channels including HBO, major movie, news, sports and special interest programming. In every room you will find refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, in-room safes and bed side desk phones. Jantzen Beach Bar & Grill offers a wide variety of all the northwest has to offer serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Let your hair down on Friday and Saturday nights in JB's Night Club & Lounge where you can dance the night away to a variety of current music and take in the spectacular view of the Columbia River. Featuring Northwest beers and wines.If you enjoy the outdoors, boating, fishing, jet skiing, sailing and snow skiing are just a few of the activities you'll find nearby. Golf enthusiasts can choose from five championship golf courses within a short distance from the hotel. If shopping is your pleasure, enjoy tax-free shopping at Jantzen Beach shopping complex. If you need to be near the University of Portland, Portland State University or Concordia University, we're your hotel of choice, hosting teams, parents, graduation parties and meetings.Our iCare, iCan trained staff ensures your stay is comfortable and exceeds your expectations. For over 3 decades we have been making memories for our guests...we look forward to the opportunity to help make some for you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lion Hotel Portland
- Red Lion Portland
- Portland Red Lion
- Red Lion Jantzen Beach