I stayed at this hotel for three consecutive nights (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) for leisure purposes. I will say this, when I walked in the hotel, I didn't get this instant Wow! effect from the hotel front lobby area as I thought the history of the hotel would pop out at me, but actually, because of recent renovations, I believe the hotel has lost some of its historical luster of the past. But not everyone appreciates historic architecture, so the modern conveniences appeals to this broader audience. I get that, but it just didn't give me that sense of appreciation for the hotel. After all, this IS the GOVERNOR’S HOTEL.
Overall, my experience was positive albeit, I really didn’t take advantage of all the amenities the hotel had to offer because I was too busy checking out the local sights and sounds of the city, skiing Mount Hood, and visiting relatives for a day. Hence, I did not have an opportunity to interact with hotel staff, but the front desk on duty receptionist was professional when checking in and out.
The hotel does have a Starbucks for you coffee lovers. I chose to forgo the coffee and take in Jake’s Grill Restaurant instead. I found the food exceptional with about the right proportions, but with a slightly higher price than I care to pay; however, the ambiance is what you are paying for when you dine at Jake’s. This is a good restaurant with rich history. I appreciated seeing my state bird (Ring-necked Pheasant) hanging from the ceiling in various places throughout the bar area. The restaurant was a great way to relax after a long day and to watch March Madness (NCAA Basketball Tournament) from the flat screen monitors peppered throughout the restaurant. Overall, the dining experience was great and they allow you to charge your meal to the room, a nice convenience for the seasoned traveler.
What I really did like was the room. I was in a corner room (304) and found it pleasantly tidy and quiet, away from street traffic and the elevator. I had requested this on my initial reservation that my room be located away from the elevator and away from any trolley traffic at street level and to my satisfaction the hotel reception caught note of this on my reservation and honored my request without any problems. This is important if you want a good night’s sleep as the windows are single pane; however, I do believe that the public transit took great care in making sure that they are sensitive to the nearby hotels by minimizing the use of the MAX light rail public transit street car bells during late night hours. More importantly, I found my queen size bed to be comfortable and warm while sleeping at night. I had no problem sleeping. I would have preferred to lie in bed longer in the mornings, but my itinerary would not allow me to take advantage of this comfortable sleep experience.
The room is equipped with a coffee maker for those who have to have their coffee, but I did not take advantage of this while visiting the hotel. I used the wine glasses instead to pour some of my Covey Run red wine that I had picked up at a local Safeway prior to my arrival. The room comes stocked with all sorts of snacks and beverages, but again, due to budget constraints, I did not take advantage of these, but I did notice a variety of snack options available for the individual to choose from. I did use the safe while away. I found it convenient and easy to use: simply enter a four digit pin and Voila! It’s locked. In the closet is an iron and board for those who need to press your clothes for those special occasions. The closet also has two white luxurious bath robes hanging it in if one wants to pamper themselves.
The bathroom was large enough with a good size vanity. The room that I stayed in was handicap accessible with the appropriate shower stool with hand rails, but this did not bother me the slightest. I did have a challenge trying to keep the water while showering from getting on the floor with the double curtain arrangement with some success. The water was instantly hot every time I turned it on in the morning; however, I must caution that I found it almost scalding hot, especially at the sink when I washed and shaved, that I had to dial it back and mix in the cold water with it. This is very unusual for an old hotel to have scalding hot water as most water pipes are not insulated within the walls and takes some time before a steady stream of hot water comes rushing out of the spigot, especially in a large hotel with multiple floors. Not here!
The hotel also gives you the option to have clean linens and towels each day or to be environmentally friendly by the placement of the card on the bed to inform the maid that you do not need your linens and towels changed.
The room had a TV, not a flat screen, but I didn’t watch any TV while staying at the room.
There is no free continental breakfast served at this hotel, but I knew this before I booked the hotel. There is a workout room for those business travelers who need to get a quick cardio workout in while away from home. I did not go into the room, which is off the main lobby area, but it appeared there was quite a selection of ellipticals, treadmills, and other cardio pieces, but I did not investigate, so I can’t comment any further on that. There is free Wi-Fi within the hotel. Upon check-in you will receive the login access code and password. Concierge guest parking is available on site for those who have spare change to throw around. I’m on a budget and love to walk, so I parked my car on side streets located near the Cathedral, which was about a 10 minute walk to the hotel. I did not have a problem parking around there and found it to be a relatively safe area to park the rental car near the church. I was able to park my rental car all weekend for free. I believe parking is free after 5 or 6 pm on weekends on side streets away from the downtown. Other options are available for a fee. I just didn’t want to pay the $35 per day private parking fee, which I knew in advance of my stay. (NOTE: While walking back to the hotel, I found a great sushi restaurant off West Burnside Street on the west side of I-405 over pass).
Overall, I really can’t complain and this hotel did satisfy my needs, I just was looking for something a little more extravagant for the price tag, but really didn’t get that WOW! moment like you get when you walk into a historical hotel. This hotel was convenient and within walking distance of shops, microbreweries, restaurants, the famous Powell Bookstore, and the multiple parks within the Downtown District, the historic Waterfront and River District, Stadium, Northwest, and Pearl Districts, which if you are a walker and have no problems using public transit, this hotel is certainly to be recommended.
Room 304 was a nice quiet room w/ a queen size bed away from street traffic and elevator noise.
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