We stayed 6 nights in the 3rd Floor Skylight room and were very pleased with the entire stay.
Making the reservation was easy--their calendar lets you see which rooms are available. With reservation confirmation, you are emailed the code to access the building--super convenient because you can arrive as late as you want and go directly to your room without having to mess with check-in procedures.
We're not the type to want to mingle with all the other guests, so the breakfast set-up appealed to us, which was, for all intents and purposes, take it or leave it. Some mornings we stopped by for a bite to eat, other mornings we passed. And, I have to add, they have the best bananas. Not sure where they come from, but they're better than the ones we get in Florida.
It's in a great location--just a block south of Division St., which is an up and coming neighborhood and has plenty of trendy restaurants. Plus the neighborhood is friendly to bikers. (Pick up a bike map in the dining area.) Downtown is only a 4-mile bike ride.
I had occasion to run into the staff several times. Anna was particularly friendly and helpful when I questioned her about the availability of the laundry facilities (guests may use after hours--located in basement). And the maintenance man was kind enough to give me a tutorial on how to use the washer/dryer.
The skylight room is cute. Fortunately, there are various shades available to help keep out the morning light; I was surprised by how bright it got so early. A small hallway connects the main room and the bathroom--you'll find that if you stand outside in the main guest hallway, there are exterior doors to each (your key works for both) and they're simply connected on the inside by the private hallway. It's unusual but it works. Plus there's a nice little balcony that seats two people right off the private hallway. There's a room closet in the hallway along with some extra shelf space in the bathroom.
The room is big enough to have a few visitors, which we did without feeling entirely cramped.
Excellent mattress--we both slept like logs. And even though we had internet access through our phone, the community computer in the lobby area was also convenient.
The building is lovely. Take a moment to enjoy the stained glass pieces as you enter.
All in all, a great place to stay. Should we get back to Portland again--and I'm sure we will--we'll definitely look to stay at the Evermore Guesthouse again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Are you visiting or do you have family / friends coming to town? This grand 1909 Arts & Crafts Guesthouse offers a Portland experience not found in a regular hotel - we're more akin to a simple bed & breakfast inn. Forget any antiquated notions of over-bearing hosts, though - while friendly staff are available for any requests and to chat we like to make sure you'll feel like it is your house while here... an optimal balance of hospitality and privacy. Well reviewed, intelligently designed, clean and centrally located in close-in SE - a perfect place to stay ~ We have 5 spacious en-suite guest rooms, all with claw-foot soaking tubs & showers and either a king or queen bed. Many guest rooms have private balconies and all enjoy the perfect blend of modern conveniences with Old Portland warmth. Spacious and stylish social areas are perfect for relaxing or entertaining, and a guest kitchen is available for your use, as well. Some of the included amenities: private off-street parking, continental breakfast, fast wi-fi & guest internet computer, luxury mattress', endless hot water. Located in the Division / Clinton Neighborhood where an amazing restaurant scene and boutique shopping are within a short walk. Close by are Hawthorne, Belmont, Reed College etc. while Sellwood and Downtown are 10 - 15 minutes away. Learn more about us, check availability & reserve directly from our website. ... more less