I'm definitely of two minds about McMenamins Edgefield. For decor, historic preservation, originality and shaggy charm, Edgefield is off the top end of the scale. The place is so unique that I'm surprised it's not famous. Even if you opt not to stay overnight, it's worth stopping here for photos and a meal or a drink. Located in the far eastern reaches of suburban Portland, on the way to the Columbia Gorge, surrounded by its own vineyards and gardens, the main lodge looks like an old New England hotel--------red brick walls, white wooden veranda and cupola, dormers. Inside, the hallways are covered with murals, many of them with a whimsical or surreal motif. Actually, just about any surface at Edgefield is a potential blank canvas-------I saw a drainpipe that was decorated like some sort of Tibetan demon mask. (By the way, the interior has been left largely as it was when the place was a municpal poor house-------exposed plumbing, transoms above guest room doors, old-fashioned lighting fixtures,etc. Like I said, shaggy.) My problem with Edgefield basically came down to noise. Conversations in the hallway sounded like they were taking place in my room. There weren't many other guests on my floor, so it wasn't too bad; but if the hotel had been busy, it would have been horrific. I'd like to give Edgefield two scores: five yellow dots for decor and charm, one for comfort. Since I can't do that, I guess I'll average the scores and give it a three.
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