I decided on the Mark Spencer after a recommendation by a colleague. To be honest, I was looking at some of the other "funkier" hotels, but decided that I'd bid on a room here and give it a whirl. I was not, at all, disappointed.
I'm the kind of traveller that likes to stay in unique, eclectic places that have a cool vibe but are clean and quiet. There are some busier "funkier" hotels around, but I like my busy/funky to be elsewhere to where I sleep.
First: the location. It can't be beat if you want to hang out in the Pearl. You'll read everywhere about this - close to Powell's books (which was the most awesome book buying experience of my life), close to the water (voodoo donuts, saturday market), close to the livingroom theatre (drink a beer! watch a movie! eat dinner if you want!), etc. but what really was the cat's @ss for me was the cookies and tea and wine reception. What an awesome way to get your guests to socialize a little in a totally inviting atmosphere. plus the breakfasts were super hearty (and free all-day lattes). It made it a great deal.
I also liked how they had a little dog-shaped blackboard that listed the names of the pet visitors. Seriously, how cute is that.
what was the best was how CLEAN it was. the rooms were kind of retro but very very clean and bright. the hallways were great, the stairways were huge and bright, and the staff were all very, very nice. it was a really great place to stay. the (free in the downtown) streetcar stops just right down the street too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the world of hospitality, there are a few unexpected places in which timeless European flair, cultured style and Old World courtesy are vibrantly alive. These lasting impressions are also accompanied by a profound respect for another very precious aspect: your comfort. Welcome to The Mark Spencer Hotel, an exceptional value in the hub of the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Mark Spencer Hotel Portland
- Mark Spencer Portland