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“Beautiful Hotel and Great Location” 4 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   614 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 (Formerly The Governor Hotel) (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 132 hotels in Portland
Santa Monica, California
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Beautiful Hotel and Great Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I recently stayed here for a couple nights with my husband and we loved the hotel - the lobby has a historic and elegant feel with a great scent circulating! The rooms feel very boutique with dark colored walls, and a very modern-vintage vibe. There are no mini-fridges in the standard room which is a bit strange for the class of the hotel. The front desk was very friendly, however it seemed they were still trying to get some things figured out.

The one big downside was the insanely loud bar/club right next to the lobby (it is part of the hotel and completely open to the lobby). If you are expecting to come back to a quiet and peaceful lobby to perhaps enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine and read a book (which my husband and I love doing in lobbies), you will be disappointed. On a friday and saturday night, it is extremely loud. We thought we'd be okay in our room, but we could still hear the faint sound of music and bass. This is definitely an issue for hotel guests and something Sentinel will have to figure out. It didn't dampen our stay that much, and I'd stay again, but I would for sure ask for a room higher up and on the opposite end of the hotel to avoid the noise. At one point I called down to the desk and asked when the music would stop and they just said "2am" without any apologies. A way to compensate for this would be perhaps to offer guests free drinks or something at the bar.

Regardless of the loud club next door, it is a great hotel, and we were able to walk everywhere. It is also across the street from some amazing street food. One tip - skip the $36 valet fee and park in the city/church garage a couple blocks away (the hotel will tell you where it is at). We ended up paying $10 a day to park there.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This hotel, formerly the Governor, is, to us, a first class hotel. As a result, it is a bit pricey, but worth it. I has the charm of a turn-of-the century hotel and one can almost sense the life from past years. The folks at the desk were very friendly and helpful. Our room happened to be on the northeast corner, and we could see and hear the street activity (it was saturday night). Parking, as is true in most cities, was by valet, and there was an extra fee. The hotel was within walking distance of the famous Powell Bookstore.

Room Tip: The noise level was a bit high until the saxophone player on the street went home about 11pm, Woul...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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67 reviews 67 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel has a rich history, and is in a great location. It has been renovated, and the lobby is much better and more accessbile. Rooms are perfectly lovely, with all the amenities. Teh only downside is a very, very loud bar scene in the area that used to be the reception desk--but it seems just to be a weekend phenomena.

Room Tip: Make sure you are above the second floor, and not on the north side--because the kitchen for Jake...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I just moved out of the Sentinel Hotel after 3 AMAZING months-- once our home repairs were completed. And looking back.... we have nothing but great memories of our stay there. What a quality team of professionals from top to bottom. Front Office Manager Dave Fry sets the standard high and the whole team delivers, hour after hour... day after day-- with amazing warmth, cheer and always a smile. It's no accident that every aspect of this hotel is top notch! We were unflinchingly treated like royalty, no matter what our request.... along with so many gestures of thoughtfulness before we even thought to ask! We heartily recommend this hotel without the slightest hesitation. It's home away from home at its best!!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I think they just renovated the hotel but I loved the decor. They have these awesome blown up black & white pics in the hallway of old stars. The rooms were super comfortable and pretty spacious. The customer service was great. It's also a great location. Didn't use the car at all when I was there. I had absolutely no issues.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel has been completely refurbished and gives a very trendy vibe. We had a suite on the sixth floor which was fairly large but quirkily shaped and laid out e.g. there was a large window from our seating area out to the common hallway, presumably to get light in from the glass roofed hallway. Fixtures and fittings are high end and tastefully done. Our friends in a different suite did find the A/C loud. Service was friendly and efficient. Valet parking is available but is $36/night. The trendy bar/nightclub "Jacknife" adjoins the lobby and the noise level is disturbing at times in the lobby area. Hotel is two blocks from the trendy Pearl District and kitty corner to a large array of food trucks offering food from around the world.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a hotel in a grand, old building. Obviously it has been brought up to 21st century standards. Four of us stayed here for a long weekend. Three had doubles and one had a suite. The rooms are typical of a high end hotel with nothing particularly outstanding. The suite had an unusual and welcomed feature -- a large window that opens up into the hallway. When needed, there were curtains that could be drawn to provide privacy.

The only drawback I would point out is that, for women, there simply isn't enough space in the bathroom to put all our bottles, jars, brushes, etc. I've never been able to figure out why hotels do this because it would be so simple, especially in a bathroom of this size, to install a narrow counter on the wall that would provide much needed storage space.

The location is ideal. It's within walking distance of the MAX red line light rail that comes in from the airport. There are a couple of streetcar stops behind the hotel. And, best of all, half a block away are dozens of food trucks (they appear to be permanently in place rather than mobile) that offer a nice variety of grab-and-go food.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sentinel

Address: 614 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 (Formerly The Governor Hotel)
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Location: United States > Oregon > Portland > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Portland
#4 Spa Hotel in Portland
#4 Luxury Hotel in Portland
#10 Business Hotel in Portland
#20 Family Hotel in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sentinel 4*
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Governor Hotel Portland Oregon

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