My husband and I were in Portland for a wedding. Our son, the groom, and his fiancee live across the river in Vancouver, WA, so we needed a place that was close to both cities. Jantzen Beach is an island in the Columbia River, making it a convenient base for our trip.
Our Executive King Suite was clean and comfortable. Because we stayed for a week, we didn't want to live out of our suitcases, but drawer space was limited. The bathroom vanity and sink were in the bedroom area, separate from the bathroom - a nice plus. The living room could be closed off from the bedroom with pocket doors. The air conditioner and window are in the living room, though, so in warm weather you probably wouldn't want to close those doors.
Each room had a TV, although the picture quality on one was poor. Housekeeping staff members were quick to respond to our requests for more hangers and help with the TV. The hotel is on the flight path for Portland International Airport, so we kept the air conditioner on for white noise. We didn't use the heated indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, or fitness center, but our grandkids made good use of all three.
A hot breakfast is available everyday, along with the usual assortment of cold cereals. The breakfast room has an actual working kitchen, so my daughter-in-law was able to request scrambled egg whites, rather than settling for whatever was on the menu that day. During the week, drinks and appetizers are available in the same area. The appetizers were crudites and either meatballs or chicken wings when we stopped in.
From the hotel, we could walk through a residential area or along a paved path next to the Columbia River. There is a small playground (swings, slide, monkey bars) within 1/8 mile. A Safeway market is diagonally across the street -- very convenient. There are several reasonably priced restaurants (BJ's Restaurant Brewery, Stanford's, and Newport Bay being our favorites), and lots of stores including Target and Barnes & Noble, within 1/4 mile. We were 15 to 20 minutes by car from most Portland tourist sites. Just beware of rush hour traffic, particularly on Fridays or holiday weekends, when a 20-minute drive can take 1 hour. Vancouver, WA is just 5 minutes away. Parking at the hotel is free and plentiful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exceptional has never been so affordable! Located on Hayden Island, the Oxford Suites Portland–Jantzen Beach is situated just minutes from downtown Portland, the Rose Quarter, the Oregon Convention Center, the Portland International Airport and downtown Vancouver, WA. Complimentary amenities include Full Hot Breakfast Buffet, Evening Reception, High Speed Wi-Fi, Parking, Indoor Pool, Spa, Sauna, Steam Room & Fitness Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oxford Suites Portland - Jantzen Beach Hotel Portland
- Oxford Hotel Portland
- Portland Oxford Hotel