This was my 2nd visit to the Nines (1st last Nov) and I got to say. . . I was "WOWED" yet again. My first visit was with my husband and we were celebrating being together 3 years. We arrived to a very friendly staff, beautiful room, and "Happy Anniversary" chocolates. I belong to SPG and SVO and have stayed very nice properties over the past few years (my home resort being the Westin Villas in Maui). I must say I adore The Nines and the unique atmosphere that sets it apart from other hotels.
I was recently at the St Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, Ca and was very unimpressed . . . Although it is a beautiful property the staff was not very warm or accommodating. This is complete the reverse at The Nines. The staff always had a smile and welcoming hello and seemed to genuinely want to help and accommodate guests.
I have read the reviews where others have felt a negative impression and I am sorry they have not been able to experience The Nines as it truly should be. This is a great property with much to offer.
After my first stay I was already hooked. So when the opportunity arose for a return trip to Portland I instantly booked The Nines. I was visiting my sister from Longview and my mother also flew to Portland for our visit. I had told her about the hotel but she was still swept away and commented she hadn’t quite expected such a lovely experience.
This time in a club floor room with two queen beds and city view I found the room much larger then my previous King room overlooking the atrium. Most of our time was spent at the hotel with some light shopping and sightseeing around downtown Portland, but The Nines is truly a hotel that offers much to see and enjoy where you almost never need to leave.
We enjoyed evening hors d'oeuvres in the club lounge and then visited the Urban Farmer for samplings off their Cheese Cart. This is a unique experience I highly recommend. My husband and I had also ordered from the cheese cart our first visit. I returned to show my mother. You get a variety of cheese to select from, though $5 per ounce you also receive divine sauces/spreads, nuts, & crackers. This will continue to be an event I make sure to treat my friends and family to each time we visit. If you enjoy cheese then you should love this. The presentation and flavors make for a very memorable experience.
Now to the “Departure” restaurant & lounge, located at the top floor (15) of the hotel. Walking into this place feels like you’ve entered another world altogether. My favorite items here would have to be the Shiu Mai (Pork dumplings) and Calamari Tempura (see pictures). Everyone in our party couldn’t stop raving about the Calamari (recommended by our server), by far the best we’ve all had.
Great location, great restaurants, great accommodations, and lovely staff (especially all the gals working in the club lounge this past weekend. Very pleasant & cordial, and always made sure to keep tables clean).
*Just a side note. Many complain about the lack of a sheet or coffee maker. The hotel is happy to provide both upon request. Just make sure to mention these at check in or even call the hotel before your arrival.
***** in my book. Looking forward to my next return (we'll be back with friends for our upcoming birthdays)
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