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.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Sabre Hospitality Solutions, Travelocity, Hotwire, Hotels.com, Cheap Tickets, HotelQuickly and HRS so you can book your Hotel Modera reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Modera Hotel Portland