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Hotel Modera
Ranked #26 of 141 Hotels in Portland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 12, 2008

Hotel Modera is brand new, chic, and very centrally located in Portland - ideal for using public transport, which is free downtown, or for walking. Front desk staff were friendly and willing to help.

The Modera charges about $20 less for lodging than comparable area hotels (e.g. The Governor), but about $10 more for valet parking. Parking appears to be free on adjacent 5th Avenue from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m., as cryptic notices on Portland's meters seemed to suggest. Alternatively, guests could consider the parking garage two blocks north at the corner of 5th and Jefferson, which charged us $4 per night.

The decoration in the fairly large 5th floor room that we stayed in was a welcome change from the usual bland hotel furnishings of the major hotel chains. We could not hear sounds from adjacent rooms, whose inhabitants on the night we were there seemed to be mostly business people.

Our room offered an interesting mirror, intriguing modern red settee, and an LG HD TV. The adjustable reading lamps were a handy feature, as were the switches near the door which signalled to cleaning staff whether one wanted some privacy. The bathroom was bright, clean, and of reasonable size.

On the negative side, our room had a very strong and extremely unpleasant chemical smell. If it was from carpet glue, as we thought, this may dissipate with time. The 4th floor did not seem to suffer from the same problem. The iron with which I tried to straighten some clothes had dried coffee all over it, as did the cup with which I filled it. The friendly janitor was more than willing to find a brand-new replacement that worked.

Prospective hotel guests are advised to avoid rooms adjacent to Clay Street, down which delivery trucks revved and clanged from about 4 am (at least, that is what it felt like). Rooms toward the middle of the hotel may be quieter. As with other US hotels, the sound of the air conditioning was so loud as to prevent any real deep sleep.

Breakfast was extremely meager, consisting (on the day we were there) of one plate each of blackberry scones, yogurt, croissants, egg, meat, cheese, and jam (one kind only, in diet and regular forms), with coffee, tea bags, and orange and apple juices. The coffee tasted quite good.

  • Liked — Decor
  • Disliked — Street noise
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled on business
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3 Thank iris_nine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2008

We pulled up and were shocked to find overnight parking was valet only at the rate of $27. The rooms are trendy, but that's it. Plain white walls, a cute fake fur throw on the bed, ordinary hotel-sized bathroom with a trendy sink and mirror. The bathroom shares a door with the closet, so doesn't close completely. However, the staff is quite friendly and service oriented. The downtown location is convenient, so this could be a good business stay hotel, especially is someone else is paying for the parking.

Stayed June 2008
1 Thank hblanke
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Manager515, Owner/GM at Hotel Modera, responded to this review, July 29, 2008
In response to this guest's review, we do charge $27.00 per night for valet parking which is a standard overnight parking rate in downtown Portland especially being in a secured onsite location which is rare to find in downtown parking structures. We have put in a lot of thought and effort to designing the hotel to be Guest friendly, comfortable and most of all a home away from home for our guests. We decided to paint our rooms as oppose to wall covering to give the rooms more of a residential feel to them and our off white paint color makes the rooms bright, open and refreshing especially with the large picture window. And thank you for the comments regarding our bathroom, we do have the latest designer Kohler products and electric mirrors, which produces a lot of light and has a built-in defogger. Our custom build vanity also provides ample space to set your toiletrese either on the vanity or below on the frosted glass shelf. Thank you again for your comments and we look forward to having you here with us again.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2008

I stayed here for one night in early July. I was initially a little skeptical about booking this hotel because almost all of the previous positive reviews read like press releases and were from brand new Trip Advisor posters. Suspicious.

Anyway, I got a pretty good rate (about $130+tax) on the hotel website, so gave it a shot. The front desk staff were friendly and helpful. The lobby is nice, with modern furniture. The room was a little small, but ok for two people. There was not much storage space for luggage - only a bench to fit one suitcase and no drawers other than the nightstands. Everything seemed new and the bed was very comfy without being too soft. The downside of everything being new is that the whole place has a “new carpet” smell. If you are very sensitive to chemical smells, you may want to wait a bit before staying here. I did find the A/C to be somewhat loud, but it wasn’t too distracting. Noise did seem to carry quite well between the walls and hallway, but that may have just been because there was someone practicing opera across the hall. Fortunately he was good at it.

For me, the best things about the hotel were the newness/cleanliness and the location for a decent price. The streetcar line is a block away, so you can get to the main part of downtown and down to the waterfront quickly and for free. The streetcar also connects to the Max.

All in all, I would stay here again unless I could get a similar price at one of the more luxurious hotels in downtown.

  • Liked — Location close to the streetcar
  • Disliked — "new carpet" smell
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Carrie_in_Seattle
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Property: Hotel Modera
Address: 515 SW Clay St, Portland, OR 97201-5407
Location: United States > Oregon > Portland > Downtown
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Luxury Hotel in Portland
#19 Romantic Hotel in Portland
#27 Business Hotel in Portland
#30 Family Hotel in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Modera 4*
Number of rooms: 174
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The rooms are indulged with the softest linen, down blankets and a luxurious pillow top mattress. Our desk includes outlets that are easily accessible with a comfortable leather desk chair. Tarocco bath products are formulated with Sicilian Red Oranges. Amenities include high-speed wireless internet, complimentary passes to 24 Hour Fitness, iPod docking stereo, 46" LCD TVs with HD premium channels, a mini refrigerator, minibar, and an in-room safe big enough to accommodate a full size laptop. A daily Amenity Fee will be collected at the property. ... more   less 
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