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“Nice Hotel, Great Location” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #21 of 133 Hotels in Portland
Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Nice Hotel, Great Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2009

We stayed at the Mark Spencer for three nights when coming to Portland to find an apartment. The room was perfect for what we wanted, very small and unpretentious. There was a small kitchenette that was very useful and nice, large windows. It is certainly not a place to go for a luxury experience but if you want functionality and a location that's better than almost every other hotel in town, this is a great choice.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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San Diego, CA
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2009

The Mark Spencer is not a modern bustling hotel. But it is clean, if a little shabby, and you can't beat the price or location. It is right next to the Pearl District and even better from my perspective, 2 blocks from Powell's Bookstore. It is within walking distance from the Tri-Met trolley and the Portland streetcars. You have access to all the great restaurants in the Pearl and all the shopping downtown and in the Pearl. They have kitchenettes in the rooms, so you could pick up something from Whole Foods(just a few blocks away) and eat in. All in all, a great deal

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2009

Our purpose was to be close to Lola's Room so we could walk back. Our experience started the night before asking if we required anything special for our stay. I explained we were celebrating our anniversary, but had no requirements. We were greeted courteously with a smile as well as a cute box of chocolates to honor our event. The hotel is over 100 years old and is in the midst of being renovated, but was not noisy. The parking was a bit spendy and very tight, but safe. The room was quaint, with an old-fashioned kitchen (to put our left-overs in), and very quiet. Overall, our experience was very nice and we would definately visit there again should the moment and area arise!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nixa, Missouri
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2009

If you're looking for fancy, this is not your hotel. But, it was, for the area of downtown Portland, relatively inexpensive, clean and incredibly convenient to many downtown attractions, including Powell's Books. I would definitely recommend it for others, as well as, stay there again myself.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2009

The Mark Spencer is an old hotel, a little outdated, in need of refurbishing. BUT...fabulous staff, great prices, wonderful location, right on the Portland tram line. We got a junior suite for the price we'd paid the night before for a double room. The front desk staff is terrific. My son, a smoker, went out in the middle of the night to smoke. When he came back he asked if there was any coffee. The woman at the front desk went to the back room and ground fresh coffee for him to take back to the room's coffee maker. Since the hotel is close to Powell's bookstore, several good restaurants, and a quick walk to downtown, we'll definitely stay there again. A very good value.

  • Stayed March 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stayton, Oregon
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2009

My wife and I have always enjoyed staying at the Mark Spencer. We look forward to staying there in the future when we are in Portland, Or. Not only is there a great staff, continental breakfast, tea in the afternoons but the location is also very good. It is adjacent to the trolly lines (free zone), Powell's Books, Whole Foods and numerous restaurants in the Pearl District. And, Kenny and Zuck's almost Jewish Deli across the street. There are some services which we never use in any hotel, but a call can confirm the availability: phone is [--].

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Surrey, BC
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2009

Our first trip to Portland and we arrived by train so we wanted to stay somewhere close to Downtown so we could explore the city. The location of the Mark Spencer is excellent. Streetcar is on the hotel street, light rail a block away and all transit is fareless within the downtown zone. They do charge for parking so we were glad we didn't come with a car and you really don't need one to explore this city.
The hotel is definitely older but we can tell they have been regularly upgrading/renovating it...newer carpets, fresh paint, installing new windows on upper floor. Some of the furniture may look a bit worn and dated but the positives to staying here far outweightnot having the fancy decor (that you'd be paying for with a higher room rate!) The bathroom was spotlessly clean, I've stayed in other more expensive hotels and wouldn't say the same about their cleaning!
The service of all the staff we met was friendly and extremely helpful in giving us tips for around the city.
If you're looking for a good price, clean hotel and excellent location this is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 409 SW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
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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
Hotel Style:
#15 Romantic Hotel in Portland
#23 Business Hotel in Portland
#31 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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