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#7 of 153 hotels in Portland
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When you visit a famously whimsical city, you want an equally whimsical hotel. With tasteful vintage touches at every turn, The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown offers the quintessential Portland experience. Rest your head among custom-made bird wallpaper and playful décor in one of our 221 guest rooms and suites. Experience the Peloton Bike in our fitness center. Indulge in a relaxing afternoon at Dosha 5th Avenue Spa. And if business brings you here, enjoy over 8,000 square feet of unique meeting space sure to inspire.

Not only do local Oregonians love us, but the property has received raves from Travel + Leisure, Architectural Digest and Condé Nast Traveler magazines. In the heart of downtown, our historic hotel is steps away from Powell's City of Books, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and many other premier attractions. A stay at The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown is an experience you won't soon forget.

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Property amenities
Electric vehicle charging station
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Restaurant
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Spa
Valet parking
Paid private parking on-site
Wifi
Special diet menus
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Facial treatments
Massage
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Safe
Iron
Laptop safe
Flatscreen TV
On-demand movies
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Business
Green
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown is widely acclaimed for its spacious, well-appointed rooms and its prime location that makes exploring the city a breeze, according to guests. The unique, artistic decor of the hotel contributes to a whimsical and inviting atmosphere, and the staff earns high marks for their exceptional service. While the hotel's amenities, including the attentive bar staff and valet service, are frequently praised, opinions on value vary, with some guests questioning additional fees. Nonetheless, the hotel's cleanliness is consistently celebrated.
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Trip45313929921 wrote a review Dec 2023
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The staff was sincerely kind and helpful. The esthetic and ambience was whimsical and classy without being stuffy. The room was very comfortable and cozy. Such a wonderful experience all the way around. I would go back again in an heartbeat and recommend to any one staying in Portland who wants to have a fun, friendly comfortable stay or get away.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded Dec 24, 2023
Trip45313929921, thank you for sharing your delightful feedback about The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown. We're thrilled that you appreciated our unique charm and inviting ambience. Our team members strive to create a comfortable and enjoyable environment for our guests. It's wonderful that you would choose to visit us again and recommend us to others. Please know, it will be our pleasure to welcome you back for another memorable experience.
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Lin wrote a review Jun 2023
Vancouver, Canada7 contributions20 helpful votes
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The staff at the Royal Sonesta rally made my stay such a wonderful experience. I came in, Karla was so helpful and such a joy to chat with. She helped me when I forgot my keys in my room with such grace, I wasn't even embarrassed. Her recommendations were top notch and she'd help me with directions wherever I needed to go. Ashley, I never did get to say hi, but you are a wonderful housekeeper, keeping my room lovely and a welcome place to come back to and rest. Kathryn, you are so insightful and a delight to chat with. You are an excellent valet, and despite being new to the area, had lots of great recommendations and were just lots of fun. Thank you for sharing your experience with me. I'm glad you're where you are and that I got to meet such a wonderful, hard working person. Mark, you too! You are fun to chat with and also very quick and great with service. Thank you for keeping my car safe, and for your help. Kelsy, I didn't get to the store, but you have definitely piqued my interest and were so friendly and complimentary in our conversations. I felt very taken care of and will finely be coming back. The Royal Sonesta has done an excellent job in having friendly, lovely, and helpful people on their team, which became such a highlight of my trip. Every employee I met was so lovely, they really did make my 30th birthday holiday a delight. Thank you for the cleanliness, friendliness, and really fun design; I can't wait to come back!
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Responded Jun 28, 2023
Lindsay, Your lovely feedback highlighting your spectacular experience at The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown is an absolute pleasure to read. It is amazing to learn that the staff of the hotel, down to each individual, has significantly contributed to making your stay an unforgettable experience. Karla's kindness and helpfulness, especially when you forgot your keys in your room, seem to have made a positive impression. Her ability to transform a usually embarrassing ordeal into a lighthearted one speaks volumes about her customer service skills. Furthermore, her top notch recommendations and her readiness to assist with directions only go to show her commitment towards serving our guests. Your mention of Ashley, although you never got to meet her, is truly appreciated. Ashley's attention to detail in ensuring that your room was always neat and comfortable has certainly been noted. Her diligent housekeeping efforts ensure that our guests have a refreshing ambiance to rest in after a long day. In regards to Kathryn, we are thrilled to learn you found her insightful conversations and excellent valet services pleasing. Despite her being a recent addition to the area, it's delightful to hear that Kathryn's recommendations were of great value and that her interactions were full of fun. We see that Mark's lively chats and quick and efficient service also impressed you. His role in keeping your vehicle safe and assisting you contributes to ensuring that guest stays are hassle-free. The friendly and complimentary conversations you had with Kelsy shall definitely make her day when passed on. She will be delighted to know that she piqued your interest and aided in you feeling cared for. Your keen observation of the hotel’s focus on friendliness, cleanliness, and unique design provides us with immense satisfaction. It pleases us to know that The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown could serve as a memorable backdrop for your 30th birthday celebration. Thank you for taking the time to share this incredible feedback with us, and we look forward to welcoming you back on your next travel to the area.
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Kelly M wrote a review Nov 2023
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We had a great stay at the Royal Sonesta! Everyone was extremely friendly especially our valet driver Kathryn. She gave us a lot of helpful tips about the attractions we visited and was always smiling. The room had a log of character and was very clean. Would visit again.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Nov 14, 2023
Kelly, it's wonderful to hear you had a memorable stay at The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown. We're thrilled Kathryn, your valet driver, made such an impact on your visit, contributing helpful tips with a radiant smile. We're also pleased you appreciated the distinctive character of your room and its cleanliness. We look forward to your next visit.
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Ren wrote a review Nov 2023
Portland, Oregon11 contributions4 helpful votes
Though I live in Portland, I needed a room in Downtown for an event. I can definitely say that this hotel is so very Portland. I knew I was going to love it from the second I walked into that lobby. In terms of feel and decor, it is so lively, whimsical, colorful, artsy, and just plain beautiful. It’s the kind of hotel you might find in a Wes Anderson movie. Moreover, every member of the staff was extremely helpful and friendly. Front desk, bartender, and valets were all a complete pleasure to interact with. The room itself was immaculate, beautifully decorated, and had a great view of the city. If you have a car, their parking structure has a gate and is attended to the entire time. And yes, you can go in and out as you please. I can’t recommend this place enough. I can’t wait for an excuse to need a room in downtown just so I can stay here again. Oh, and it’s within walking distance from so many great places! Love this place.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded Nov 9, 2023
ItsReallyRen, your excitement about your stay at The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown is infectious! We love that you enjoyed our vibrant ambiance and found our decor reminiscent of a Wes Anderson film. Our team members are flattered by your kind words and really strive to make every interaction a pleasure. We're thrilled the room exceeded your expectations and you found our parking convenient. Here's to many more enjoyable stays! It seems you've found a delightful excuse to enjoy our hotel, even being a local. We look forward to welcoming you back for more unique experiences.
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sherry h wrote a review Nov 2023
Oakland19 contributions2 helpful votes
We enjoyed our three night stay at this lovely hotel. The area felt with several nearby restaurants, including the hotel restaurant Finch on Fifth. Valet parking was extremely safe and secure with genuinely friendly valet staff. Shout out to Kathryn who greeted us warmly each time we saw her. Housekeeping was somewhat unpredictable as is often the case these days, but a phone call took care of anything we needed quickly and pleasantly. We enjoyed the Saturday wine hour and the coffee and pastries on the other mornings
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Nov 7, 2023
374sherryh, it's delightful to know you thoroughly enjoyed your three nights with us at The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown. We're glad that our location enhanced your stay by providing convenient dining options including our in-house restaurant, Finch on Fifth. It pleases us to know how you appreciated our valet parking and the friendliness of our colleagues, especially Kathryn who left a positive impression. We acknowledge your feedback regarding our housekeeping, and we're glad our team was able to promptly assist with your needs. Your mention of the Saturday wine hour and morning pastries is heartening. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience - your positive feedback is encouraging. We hope your future visits will be just as enjoyable.
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Joey T wrote a review Nov 2023
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Have been to Royal Sonesta in Portland a few times this year for work and pleasure. The staff is always fun and friendly. It was nice to be remembered by Kathryn at the valet! She does a great job 👏🏼 Also enjoy Chris and the creativity he brings to the place.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Nov 6, 2023
W9226DGjoeyt, it's great to hear that your experiences at The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown have been so positive. We're thrilled that our team members, like Kathryn and Chris, have contributed to making your stay both memorable and enjoyable. We highly appreciate your commendation of their efforts and can't wait to host you again in the future.
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Samiira A wrote a review Nov 2023
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Loved the restaurant experience, I had breakfast at the finch (on the first floor of this hotel), and had a lovely waitress assist me. She was warm, bubbly and friendly. Her name is Grason. An absolute must to grab breakfast downstairs. She's awesome!!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded Nov 3, 2023
Greetings, it's delightful to hear of your fantastic restaurant experience at The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown. We're thrilled that Grason, with her vibrant personality and friendly service, went above and beyond to enrich your breakfast experience. Her effort truly embodies the extraordinary hospitality we strive to provide. Please do revisit us; your breakfast table is always ready!
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ElaineT wrote a review Oct 2023
Washington DC, District of Columbia79 contributions16 helpful votes
This property is not a 4-star hotel nowadays. That said, my room was spacious, comfortable, and quiet once the kids next door settled down for the evening so I'd put it 3-star. The only thing lacking in the room was aesthetics. It was exactly as well-worn and 70s ugly as pictured. To top it off my room had a painting glued to the mirror slightly crooked. I paid a bit more to stay on the the top floor, which included a view of Mt. Hood on clear days, upgraded linens, and plush bath robes. I'm accustomed to paying for a view; however, I'd expect premium linens in all rooms in a Royal Sonesta. The staffing was what was really lacking. The only noteworthy service was the front desk, who were friendly, professional, and efficient. The restaurant and bar aren't even open Sunday and Monday evenings. If you want a drink in the evening, you have to purchase bottled beer or a glass of wine at the front desk. Monday and Tuesday breakfast and lunch on all days is only by room service with an expensive delivery fee tacked on. Like many hotels now, they don't have cleaning service outside of emptying the trash every couple of days. If you want fresh towels or even in-room coffee refreshed you have to ask at the front desk. It took me two tries to get more K-cups. The couple times I ate at Finch & 5th the food was variable in quality. The wings were excellent, with plenty for 2-3 people to share. However, I was really taken aback by a pork chop dinner. I'm not picky about how my food looks but the pork chop was served on a sea of white grits with tan apple gravy and not a shred of vegetables or color. I've never been served a less appealing looking plate. The flavor was good, but the pork chop was very tough. Pay attention to room rates when you reserve. The hotel advertises low rates to look good in aggregation services, but then tacks on a $25+tax "destination fee." It includes $10 breakfast and spa credits so I felt like I paid for services I didn't use. The Hilton, Marriott, and Hampton Inn nearby don't engage in this annoying and mildly deceptive practice. The location is very convenient to mass transit and within walking distance of the Pearl District but I was uncomfortable walking at night. 4th street had a sizeable tent encampment, with armed guards posted at the businesses across the street. The local CVS had broken glass and bare shelves. One afternoon I had to ease around a spaced-out, intoxicated man standing squarely in front of the hotel entrance. The hotel itself has access control and felt safe, but depending on your plans you may want to take the area into consideration.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded Oct 27, 2023
It's regrettable to note that your stay was not up to your expectations. We're pleased that you appreciated the spacious and quiet nature of your room and the quality service by our front desk colleagues. We do, however, acknowledge your comments about the room decor and the challenges with our restaurant's operating hours. In regards to room preferences, we do our best to provide various amenities across different room categories. About the room service, we're continually revisiting our practices, and your feedback is invaluable in such efforts. Concerning the restaurant, we're sorry your culinary experience was inconsistent. We aim to provide top-notch dishes and take great pride in everything prepared by our kitchen team. Your input will certainly help us improve. Our pricing structure is aligned with industry standards. As for the location, while we have no control over the external circumstances, the safety and satisfaction of our guests within our premises are our primary concerns. We appreciate your detailed feedback which will guide us in making improvements. We hope to get another chance to serve you better in the future.
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Jason P wrote a review Oct 2023
Seattle, Washington21 contributions33 helpful votes
This hotel used to be very nice albeit a bit gaudy but it’s really gone downhill with the rest of Portland. It’s staffed by a skeleton crew, the spa has windows facing the street, and the restaurant is nowhere near what it used to be. Location is good though it’s around the corner from a convenient store inhabited by denizens of the street with lots of junkies smoking heroin out of foil nearby. The local wildlife is abundant. As a traveller from Seattle, I see this all the time. However, Seattle seems like Disneyland compared to Portland and this hotel is akin to the haunted mansion without the fun ride. Sad.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Traveled on business
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Responded Oct 20, 2023
Jason, we appreciate your detailed feedback. It's disheartening to hear that your recent stay didn't meet your past expectations. The point about a diminished spa experience has been noted--privacy and comfort within our wellness area are essential for our guests. The observation about our dining services is also appreciated and will be assessed. We're glad to know that our location was beneficial, though we regret to hear about the outside environment. Being a refuge of calm and enjoyment for all travelers is a top priority. We'd value the opportunity to have you give us another try and see that we can provide an improved experience.
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Aaron H wrote a review Oct 2023
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The hotel vibe was excellent and all of the staff were extremely accommodating, friendly and helpful. The room itself was a corner room and the bed was comfortable, and the valet service they offered was a huge help and well worth the additional charge. Jermie greeted us upon check-in and made great recomendations for our trip. Me and my wife celebrated our 1-year wedding anniversary in Oregon and this was a great place to stay for the 7 nights. Karla was also very helpful and friendly and made us feel very welcomed. Lani in valet was very helpful and courteous of our needs and always greeted us with a smile. If we are ever back in the area and looking for a place to stay, this is where it will be. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded Oct 6, 2023
It's heartening to learn that you and your wife had an excellent experience at The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown for your anniversary. Our team members, like Jermie and Karla, genuinely enjoy providing a welcoming atmosphere that enhances your stay. We're also thrilled to know that our convenient valet service, led by Lani, added extra ease to your time with us. When your travels bring you back to our area, we'd be truly delighted to host you once more. Thank you for recommending us!
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown
Which popular attractions are close to The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown?
Nearby attractions include Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (0.3 miles), Living Room Theater (0.3 miles), and Domaine Serene Wine Lounge Portland (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a fitness center.
What food & drink options are available at The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown?
Yes, a parking garage, paid private parking on-site, and paid private parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown?
Conveniently located restaurants include Q Restaurant & Bar, Mucca Osteria, and Mothers Bistro.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Is The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Portland.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Royal Sonesta Portland Downtown?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.