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“Great base to explore Portland”
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Hotel Modera
Ranked #27 of 140 Hotels in Portland
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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“Great base to explore Portland”
Reviewed March 3, 2014

A group of friends and I checked into the Modera as part of a Portland-based getaway. Two of us – myself included – had just gotten off flights from New York/the Middle East and were looking forward to settling into something plush and this hotel seemed to be what we were looking for.

LOCATION: The Modera has a great location on Clay Street and Fifth Avenue in downtown Portland. The waterfront is four blocks away and local restaurants, fun food stalls, Portland State University and other sights are all within easy walks from the hotel.

Be sure to pass by the Full Sail Brewing Company on Montgomery Street; totally worth the twelve minute walk.

ENTRANCE/LOBBY: The hotel is a low-rise, modern building with a wood-covered driveway. There is valet parking on-site for those of you with cars.

The lobby itself is very nicely furnished with lots of art and sculptures and a homey, living room vibe. It is an intimate and pleasant space to be in with a lovely terrace right across from the reception desk.

ROOMS: We had a room on the third floor overlooking Fifth Avenue. With two fluffy queen beds with faux fur throws and lots of pillows, a large desk and flat screen television, it was your typical four-star room and was in very good condition. If I’m not mistaken, the hotel is relatively new/newly renovated so there was no noticeable wear or tear anywhere to be seen.

The bathroom is pleasantly sophisticated with red wallpaper, a charcoal drawing hung up on the wall and marble countertops on the sink. There is a bathtub with curved shower rod, toilet and a sink with good counter space. The hotel also stocks Tarocco toiletries with a fantastic blood orange base and scent.

The only issue we had with the room was with the sliding mirror door in the bathroom: it doesn’t close fully or lock so there are visible gaps in the side and top. Make sure you’re comfortable with your fellow roommates because all sounds and sights will be audible and visible.

Wi-fi is free! Big plus.

FOOD/BEVERAGE: The hotel’s Nel Centro restaurant seems like a popular place for Portlanders to eat at but we never got the chance to eat in.

LEISURE: Due to the hotel’s small size, there are no on-site fitness facilities but they do give complimentary passes to the 24 Hour Fitness club a half block down the street with lots of great equipment and a pool available.

FACILITIES: The hotel offers meeting rooms as per usual for a hotel at this star level. The outdoor terrace off the lobby is a really great space to chill in while on the premises.

SERVICE: The hotel’s staff was awesome and very friendly, from the valet crew and bellhops to the receptionists. Loved their approachability and attitude.

OVERALL: This was a very nice place to stay at and explore Portland from. I would definitely recommend the Modera to others and consider it on my next visit to PDX.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking Fifth and the hotel terrace are nice and quiet.
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

Did a few searches for Portland hotels that had onsite parking (valet) good food and drinks with a clean modern room. Hotel Modera seemed to fit the bill and it lived up to the research. Great staff and outdoor seating in lounge area a plus. Large, well lit bathroom. Also,one of the quietest rooms (Room 519) to get some much needed sleep. Room was a bit under powered for lighting and could use an extra mirror.

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Los Gatos, California
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

Although I only stayed one night at Hotel Modera, it will be my hotel choice for future visits to Portland. Nice rooms, efficient staff and good location. A contemporary, urban vibe all around. The attached restaurant and bar, Nel Centro, is a plus.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Irvine, California
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

This review may be biased, because I love Portland the city, the people of Portland, the food of Portland; and wait did I mention how much I love Portland? Hotel Modera was delightful. Jason at the front desk and Jonny, the concierge were awesome. Always had great recommendations. The beds were comfortable, and the hotel was very clean and hip. Never tried the restaurant downstairs, but it always seemed to be poppin. We also didn’t try any of the amenities, as we were out exploring. Although there wasn’t much to do in the immediate vicinity outside the hotel, everything we did want to do or see was walking distance or a quick, bus or Max ride away.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Hotel Modera is my firm's hotel of choice, and I'm about to spend a great deal of my life here. I couldn't be happier. It's a great location - easy to walk anywhere downtown, and ridiculously well serviced by public transit options. The concierge staff have been more than accommodating on the two occasions I've stayed there to date, and give reliably good recommendations for dining that reflect authentic Portland, not "paid for by sponsor" choices. That being said, I don't feel I'm compromising if I stay or invite clients to join me in the on-site restaurant. Just like the rest of the hotel, it has a hip but civilized vibe, modern and classy decor, and friendly, helpful staff. The rooms are clean, well designed, and the only thing that's slightly challenging, but not impossible, is finding easy access to outlets for tech gadgets.

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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Just stayed here for 2 nights. First impression: attentive valet (that's their job), friendly staff, nice contemporary lobby, and very accommodating concierge. The concierge, in fact, was extremely helpful with recommending restaurants and even leveraging some connections to make a last-minute reservation at a very desirable restaurant ON VALENTINE'S DAY. That was impressive.
The main beef I had with this place is the rooms. They are tiny. I mean, I've had bigger rooms in New York City. The bathroom is small, and has this weird sliding door that it shares with the closet (i.e. close the door to the bathroom, and you've opened the closet). There is just enough room on each side of the bed to walk around it, but little room to do anything else. No dresser to unpack your suitcase, so those just have to sit there for your entire trip, unless you want to drag it out of the closet each day. The rooms also have thin walls--you can hear more than you'd care to above and beside you.
It's pretty obvious this was a redesign of an old motel, and for that base I'd say they did a very good job reinventing the place. The staff was nice and the restaurant was pretty good too. I'd give 3.5 stars if I could, but I just can't bring myself to give 4 stars to a 4 star hotel, when the rooms were that disappointing.

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Hotel_Modera_GM, General Manager at Hotel Modera, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Dear JGS2014,

Thank you for your recent stay and for taking the time to leave a review. I appreciate you mentioning our attentive, friendly, and helpful staff, and I am thrilled we were able to help you secure a last minute Valentine’s Day dinner reservation.

During the 2008 renovation of the hotel we did our best to appoint all rooms with luxurious linens and well-appointed amenities and fixtures. While we were unable to change the original size of the rooms, many of our guests agree that they provide the class and comfort that you would expect from even a five star property.

If it is an abundance of space you seek, I would like recommend one of our Premier Suites for your next visit. It offers more than twice the space, and offers plenty of room to entertain or lounge about.

Best Regards,

Andrew Maffei
General Manager
503.484.1070
amaffei@hotelmodera.com
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Anaheim, California
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

What a great hotel!! The staff was so nice and helpful. Rooms are above average in size and the style of the room, hotel and restaurant was very modern and sleek. I would stay here every time.

By the way the lil snacks in the hotel aren't tripled in price they're a buck or two!!!

  • Stayed February 2014
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Property: Hotel Modera
Address: 515 SW Clay St, Portland, OR 97201-5407
Location: United States > Oregon > Portland > Downtown
Amenities:
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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