Reserved a king room via the Embassy Suites website for a one night get away to Portland. Embassy Suites service and the hotel itself were outstanding, our room was not.
Check in was quick, arrived around 5 pm on a Saturday. A tip for folks staying Saturday night to avoid the outrageous 28.00/night parking charges is to look for a street spot. Parking is free on the street after 7 pm every night, and on Sunday, there is no fee until 1 pm. We paid the meeter from 5-7, and then never had to pay again, costing us 2.50. There were plenty of spots. Lobby was as others described, grand. The hotel has a gift shop, a bar, and a spa attached. Manager's reception was fine, no food there at all, even gold fish or pretzels, which we have come to expect. Instead, they provide menus of places that deliver. Pool and work out room were large and well maintained. We did not encounter a crowd anywhere, even though we were there on the weekend. Breakfast was not crowded, and food was as expected for Embassy Suites. Internet was a hefty daily fee, but there are multiple locations within walking distance with free internet.
When we booked our room on their website, it offered us a "king" non-suite room as we entered 2 guests. I expected a room similar to other chain hotel rooms, but not a "suite" room, with a separate sitting area, pull out sofa, kitchenette, etc. What we got was one of the smallest and poorly arranged rooms I have ever stayed in. The door was in the middle of the room, so when you open the door, anyone in the hallway can see your bed. Most "normal" hotel rooms have a hallway, closet, bathroom, etc, by the door. Not this room! When my significant other woke up earlier in the morning and left to get coffee, anyone in the hall could have seen me sleeping in bed. The room had no closet, no space for anything but a small suitcase, ONE small desk chair, and a desk. No dresser, no comfortable sitting chair, etc. Bathroom was about half the size of the room. The room had one SMALL window in a corner, making the room even smaller. The only advantage is that the small window faced a heating/air duct and we didn't hear a peep from outside/any bar noise as others have complained about.
Advice: if you are booking a room for two people, it is NOT worth it to save the 15-20 dollars and book the "non suite" room. The website pictures are deceiving. Additionally, the room was located directly next to the stairway and vending. You will feel cramped and you will not have enough space for your belongings. Compared to other Embassy Suites rooms, this is a huge disappointment. Would I stay here again? Probably as the other amenities were nice, but I would book a normal suite room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of downtown Portland, the Historic Embassy Suites Portland -Downtown features large two-room guest suites and a well-known foyer adorned in grandeur and architectural beauty. Built in 1912, the building combines it's original classic style and features along with modern comfort. The hotel is within walking distance of tax-free shopping, restaurants, nightlife, Portland’s revered Voo-Doo doughnuts and Powell’s books. The hotel also offers a luxurious Jacuzzi and Indoor pool for you to warm up to. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Embassy Suites Portland - Downtown Hotel Portland
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