we were booked at a Best Western on the north end of the city near the racetrack (the answer to your question is "I do not know why..."), and after battling the sold out crowds for the poodle show and taking the 40 minute train ride to downtown, we were walking by the Mark Spencer and thought, let's just see if they have a room available. they did, the guy at the counter was really nice and said he could help us out on the $219/nt room rate, and asked us how much we wanted to pay. We gave him our rate at the BW and he matched it, and that was for a walk-in on a Friday and Saturday night. we were stoked, and happy we bought day passes on the train and went and got our stuff and came back downtown. We must have got one of the renovated rooms (3rd floor, right next to the elevator, but we did not even hear it), because ours was really nice, clean, the bathroom was sparkling and the rest of the room was really comfortable. the linens on the bed were SO SOFT. the AC was in the ceiling unit and kept the room perfect. there were 3 windows on one side, one in the main bed/sitting room, there was a little hall/closet room with a window, and the bathroom had one, all opened, and all had unobstructed views of the sky, which was nice. we didn't drive a car so don't know about the parking, but the 5 pm wine & snacks time was nice, and our son & gf joined us for a glass. the breakfast looked ok, but we went out because that's what we did the whole time in Portland - eat, drink, eat, drink, sleep, walk, etc. Stumptown Roasters was close, easy, and so many restaurants to choose from all over. the Max train stops were several blocks away but that wasn't a bad thing.