I spent a few nights here during the Portland Film Festival and generally concur with other travelers. Rooms are nice suites, very comfortable beds. I was at the back of hotel and didn't experience any noise (facing Macy's). Mini bar items are plentiful and typically highly priced, altho you can remove things from fridge and use on your own, so no bother there. I think you could request staff to remove all their mini bar junk ahead of time if you wanted too.
Staff are mostly young and genuinely helpful and friendly.
I am mystified by the hotel's breakfast and food arrangements with the attached restaurant. The $1 bfast option is a no-changes allowed - oj (no change to other juices), coffee, 1 pastry and cut fruit. If was fine, but to have a "boutique" helpful hotel being so stingy, seems misplaced. Prices and choices at the restaurant are not what they need to be to get guests in there deliberately, with so many options downtown.
The evening happy hour (5-6?) is nice and the lobby fills quickly. Sometime they also have other treats, some local fantastic chocolate was being shared one of our nights. The business center is tiny with maybe 3 computers, and they charge by the quarter hour.
Dogs can be all about, so if you can't tolerate dogs, go elsewhere. I did have a dog jump on me on an elevator, which I do NOT appreciate at all. I blame the moron at the other end of the leash.
The hotel is a short two block walk from Pioneer Square, so you can take the light rail in from the airport (fare $2.30) and quickly arrive at hotel.
Attached Aveda Spa occasionally runs "in hotel" specials, when we were there, massages and facials were "on sale" for $55 and then one day massages were $45. Two of us got them (massages) and they were actually FANTASTIC, so I recommend the spa - very nice and friendly people there too. I wish I'd gotten in there more than once.
Price - we booked via the hotel's website and got terrific web special rates. (I think it was around $104 pre-tax, which seems unbelievable compared to their rack.) It may be useful to join their hotel club too.
Pro's: good rooms; good location; good massages next door; nice lobby vibe; enjoyable happy hour; morning starbucks in lobby; very pleasant staff, good web rates
Neutral: dogs; junk for sale in room (easy to ignore - a little annoying)
Cons: Pricey restaurant; housekeeping not perfect, ice machines not on every floor; "warming shelter" DIRECTLY across the street (you may see the homeless lining up)
I'm sure you will enjoy it here if you go (unless you don't like dogs....)
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- The 4-diamond Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland, offers an ideal sanctuary in downtown Portland, Oregon. Centered in the city’s cultural hub, this luxury hotel was named as one of the world’s Top 500 Hotels by Travel + Leisure magazine and is honored by TripAdvisor travelers as a Top 25 Hotel in the U.S. in 2012 (#9). Enter this unique boutique hotel and enter a world where everyone is warmly welcomed and pampered. Adjacent to the hotel is what some say is downtown Portland’s best restaurant, Red Star Tavern & Roast House. ... more less
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