When my GPS erroneously had me turn off the service road of I-84 a block early, I was disgusted at the motel the misdirection sent me to. I finally figured out that I needed to go a bit further down the service road and pull in between Shari's diner and Taco Bell. Then I saw the Holiday Inn Express. Schwew! This was more like it.
Plenty of parking in front of and around the hotel. The lobby was open and the front desk staff was wonderfully friendly. The night clerk is even from my hometown half way across the country.
Yes, the hallway was a bit dark, but the room was very comfortable. It had a mini fridge, but no in-room safe. It was clean and well stocked. I met another couple in the parking lot, and we joked about how we felt we were the only people in the hotel. It was so quiet!
I grabbed a quick dinner at the Arby's about half a block away. I the drove east on I-84 to take in the beautiful scenery. This hotel is a quick drive to the Portland airport, about 10 minutes, and I went back to the airport to pick up a friend arriving on a later flight. Her check in was as quick and friendly as my own. We crossed the parking lot to the Shari's, a 24 hours Denny's type diner, and got her a late dinner. Save room for pie!
There's a breakfast room, open at 6:30, but we were out just before that to catch an early train to Seattle. As it turns out, it's such an easy drive into Portland, we would have had plenty of time for breakfast.
The location makes this hotel a superb choice for anyone not interested in staying in the young, hyper downtown Portland. Although its neighbors are a bit seedy, the hotel is clean, comfortable, friendly, affordable, close to fast food and casual dining, convenient to the scenic highways on the gorge to the east and Portland to the west.
I will definitely be staying here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located off I-84 and within minutes from downtown Portland, The Columbia River Gorge, Portland International Airport, Multnomah Falls, The Sandy River and Bonneville Dam. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the wide variety of hiking, biking, camping, hunting and fishing. Experience luxurious accommodations and a plethora of amenities such as a complimentary hot breakfast buffet featuring signature hot items served daily, indoor pool, whirlpool, business center, fitness area, wireless high speed internet access and meeting space that can comfortable accommodate up to 100 people. Historic Troutdale is nestled off the Sandy River and within a short distance from Gresham, Oregon. Located at the gateway of the Columbia Gorge, we are centrally located between Vancouver, Mt. Hood, The Dalles, Hood River, as well as the Oregon Coast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Comfort Inn Troutdale
- Troutdale Comfort Inn