I had the opportunity to stay at The Nines for a professional conference in mid-April 2013. Living across the country, I'd never heard of the place before the conference organizers announced it, but I found it to be in an excellent choice for our 320 person event, with clean, well-decorated rooms. My room, which contained a mini-office cubby, overlooked a central covered courtyard that housed the Urban Farmer Restaurant where I enjoyed several tasty meals during my 5 day stay. The odd part for me was that check-in was on the 8th floor, although you can drop your bags at the street level and they will be brought up. Views of downtown from the upper floors were attractive, especially at night. The location was within an easy walk of a number of Portland shops, attractions, and restaurants, including the waterfront, famous Powell's bookstore, and a fast foot court a scant block away if you don't need to eat high-end for every meal.
I would have preferred a small sundries shop in the hotel, but access to incidentals, like water bottles and snacks, was close by so this was not a big problem. I had the benefit of a lower conference rate, so I can't comment on the value of a full price room, but it worked out very well for the event I attended and the staff were very pleasant and helpful. If there was a down side, it wasn't the hotel's fault, but there are a fair number of street people in downtown Portland. They weren't belligerent, but it was a detraction from the experience of walking around, and it was better at night walking with a crowd of companions.
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