My husband and I have five children, ages ranging from 5 to 21 years. We live in southern oregon, and wanted to take the kids to Portland for a few days during Spring Break.
Our 13-year-old daughter saw the hotel from the street, begging us to check on availability and price. When we all walked inside, we were literally awestruck. We had never been in a hotel quite like this one! It was like a tropical resort all wrapped inside a building! There is an enormous atrium with waterfalls, streams and fish swimming around the lobby. Trees, bushes and foliage are everywhere! Looking straight ahead we saw three glass elevators, and rooms facing us in all directions, up to 8 levels. There is a domed ceiling/skylight, which made us feel like we were in a sunny location, although in reality it was cold and snowy outside!
We chose a room on the seventh floor overlooking the ENORMOUS atrium. The two-room suite had the living room on one side with window looking out into the atrium and the bedroom with windows overlooking the east end of the airport on the other. It was perfect because the kids enjoyed watching airplanes take off and land. We had two double beds in the bedroom (which were exceptionally comfortable and beautiful) and a pull out sofabed in the living room. Each room has a cable television, with movies, music and games available for purchase. Regular tv is free. Be careful when trying to select a channel. If you press MENU on the remote, the selections cost money. Our daughter inadvertently chose a music station, and our room was charged $14.99 for the service. At checkout, however, the charges were reversed. Our room came with a refrigerator, microwave, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. High-end soaps and lotions were included in the spacious and really nice bathroom. Razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. are available for free if you forgot yours at home!
The hotel included two medium bottles of water in the refrigerator (WARNING: DO NOT DRINK THE WATER UNLESS YOU WANT TO PAY $3.50 PER BOTTLE). The cost is clearly written on the label, but just be aware in case you have curious thirsty children!
We attended a free Reception (children were allowed) from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. A limited array of alcoholic drinks (Jim Beam, House Tequila, Scotch, Coffee Liquor, Triple Sec, Vodka, and Gin plus draft beer and wine), non-alcoholic beverages, and some salty bar snacks (such as Goldfish) were included. (Not exactly the 'manager's appetizers' we envisioned when the reception was being described). We enjoyed sitting in the lounge area of the bar with our children, listening to the waterfall, and gazing skyward at the rooms, ceiling and glass elevators. Other folks also brought their children and their board games along. A very family-friendly atmosphere!
The morning's free breakfast (from 6:00 to 9:00 AM) was EXCEPTIONAL! Omelets (including all egg white) and eggs made to order, fresh waffles, fruit, biscuits, juice, coffee, cereal, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, country fries and much more was available. The only item that we didn't care for at all was the blueberry muffins, which were inedible and made with artificial blueberry pieces. The only bad part was that it ended at 9:00 AM. After 9:00 AM, you had to PAY for breakfast, but it wasn't buffet style. The kitchen was beautiful, and the chefs were very nice and accomodating. Again, we were awestruck.
The children (and my hubby) enjoyed the large swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna and weight room. Several other families brought along balls and pool toys. Fun, fun, fun!
Michael, at the front desk, was exceptional. Good job, Michael. We love you!
As taking 5 kids to the dining room was a little expensive for us, we called Pizza Hut, who delivered right to our suite door! What a plus!
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