My wife, two teenaged sons and I rented a room here in October 2012 for four nights while visiting college campuses in Portland. It had been on my radar during the planning phase of the trip, mostly in part to the many positive reviews on Tripadvisor. While shopping on a discount-hotel website that does not give the name of the property until you commit, I was offered $70/night for a property that sounded a lot like the Aloft; it turned out that it was indeed the very hotel.
There really is not much I could add that others have: the hotel is convenient to the airport and rail line, very clean, modern, friendly with a young (energetic), helpful staff, and has lots of free parking; the room was well-appointed and spacious, beds very comfortable; the property had a clean and well-equipped workout room, and a funky lobby/snack bar area. And if you wanted to go "green" and forgo having the room cleaned for a day, you would get a $5.00 coupon to use in the snack bar. Cool.
Since there are no restaurants or shops on property, the shopping complex adjacent to the hotel was a bonus. While we did not have time to do a lot of browsing, we did have a couple of good meals there and stopped by the Ross' Store. The restaurants in the complex included, among others, IHOP, Panda Express, Red Robin, Buffalo Wild Wings.
With all that said, the best thing about the property was its location. After arriving at the airport and retrieving our baggage we were at the hotel via the Sheraton hotels shuttle in minutes. We did not have a car the first two days so we ventured into town on the rail service where a stop was not more than a hundred yards away from the property. On our third day at the hotel, we took the airport shuttle to pick up a car for a couple of days and had a memorable trip through the Columbia Gorge and up to Mount Hood. Not a cloud in the sky!!
Our next destination was Seattle via Amtrak, so we just loaded up our baggage onto the rail that took us to the train Station after just one connection. It was a lot easier than I imagined it would be.
We would definitely stay at this property again, even if we paid the regular rates, which I believe is still a good value at like $120-$140 a night. That's certainly less than most decent places in downtown Portland.
If you've stayed at a W hotel and liked it, then you will also like this place. Same hotel chain overall, but more affordable and not as pretentious as the more well-known brand. If you don't like funky and sleek and modern, or dim lights and clean open spaces, then this might not be for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For the traveler open to possibilities, Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station is a fresh, fun, forward-thinking alternative. We're minutes from Portland International Airport, with easy light rail access to downtown's urban energy-plus the great outdoors at our doorstep! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aloft Portland Airport At Cascade Station Hotel Portland
- Aloft Cascade Station