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The Mark Spencer
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   409 SW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #23 of 133 Hotels in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Oak Lawn, IL
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Perfect location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

The hotel is within walking distance to fun neighborhoods, restaurants, food carts, and shopping. We loved the afternoon wine tasting and treats in the lounge each day and had our fair share of espresso drinks from the self-serve machine! Bedding was super soft and comfy.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Willowbrook, Illinois
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

My wife and I were at the Mark Spencer to see our nephew perform at the Portland Center for Arts a few blocks away. We liked the room, and even though not there for a long time appreciate the frig. and stove for extended stays.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Rosa, California, Usa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

The Mark Spencer was top-notch! The staff was helpful and friendly, the room was really a suite, with a separate sitting room and a kitchenette. It was quiet and clean. It is convenient to everything we wanted to do and see. What put this hotel above others was all the extras: breakfast in the morning, 24 hour coffee and espresso machine, cookies and tea mid afternoon, and wine tasting and appetizers late afternoon. They have a nice atrium where people gather to eat and talk, so you naturally get to know others who a staying there. We will return!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

I love this hotel for many reasons. 1) the service: you get a real person on the phone who is helpful and patient. 2) the rooms are so '50s: small bedroom and bath, but with a kitchenette and living room! 3) There's a friendly feel to the place. I'll always stay here when in Portland.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We stayed 3 nights at the Mark Spencer as part of a 35 day US road trip, based on the preponderance of great comments on Trip Advisor, which I relied on for recommendations on an 8,800 mile trek. Road weary, and pulling in late in the day, we were exuberantly greeted by the doorman (Mike?) and the inside staff, and made to feel welcome by all those we encountered throughout the stay.

We were upgraded to a third floor suite (snap) which was basically a small apartment. The room was very clean, well maintained, with a very comfortable bed. A bit crowed for a sufficient breakfast, but homey, as folks were gathered around the available dining and lobby spaces. The coffee/expresso machine was a treat, making all sorts of on-demand quality brews.

The location on the edge of the Pearl district was great for our city walking tours, and close to great restaurants. Great deli right out the front door. Hats off to the staff and management for a fine experience. The building is historic, so expect character, not glitz. The rates were a real deal when compared to some of the other similar properties in the area.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milton, Washington, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

A very welcoming staff and the guests just naturally form a community, talking together over breakfast in the morning, cookies in the afternoon and wine tasting late in the afternoon. This is a great location for walking to many interesting stores and restaurants. We loved having the little kitchen area, so we could put together our own meals and snacks here and there too. The bed was firm. I would suggest bringing pillows from home though.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alameda, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

My husband I and had a wonderful stay at the Mark Spencer 5/20 to 5/22. We had been on a 3000 mile road trip and this was our last hotel stay before returning to our home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our upgraded room, a queen suite, was very comfortable. Check in was easy and the staff were very helpful. The self-serve espresso machine was a plus for us. The hotel is old but the renovations are modern. The room rates were modest in comparison with other hotels. We will definitely stay at The Mark Spencer when we visit Portland again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Mark Spencer

Address: 409 SW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
Location: United States > Oregon > Portland > Downtown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Romantic Hotel in Portland
#22 Business Hotel in Portland
#28 Family Hotel in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Mark Spencer 3*
Number of rooms: 102
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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