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“The Benson” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Benson Hotel
Ranked #19 of 137 Hotels in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Logan, Utah
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The Benson”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

This place was awesome. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. Great place to stay. The hotel was within walking distance to everything one would like to seen in Portland. Great deal on breakfast and the food was as it should be. Delicious!

Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Montgomery, Alabama
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44 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

A beautiful older hotel with all of the grandeur that implies. Located in the heart of downtown, the service was very good and the room was very large and well-appointed. Free wi-fi was available. A good place for a business traveler. Valet parking was easy but expensive, and there is somewhat cheaper parking across the street.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank W&Y
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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91 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

What a great location and all round hotel for us and other guests in downtown Portland visiting for a wedding reception. From the time we walked into a relaxing lobby we all had a wonderful experience. The lobby at times were full of receptions and be a bit crowded. Several times they had free wine tasting in the lobby. We enjoyed the bar as well as the wonderful breakfast. The rooms are small but very elegant and comfortable. Would love to return and further explore downtown Portland!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank fdunlap
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Ron G, General Manager at Benson Hotel, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Thank you for your comments about our hotel and the wedding reception space. We’re glad you enjoyed the wine tasting and breakfast served in The Palm Court and look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Vancouver, Canada
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41 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

Weekender in Portland with group of girls. The Benson is located perfectly for great shopping, eating, and walking. And the service and decor made us feel like we had really splurged though the price of the room was extremely reasonable - about the same as the ones near the convention centre with much less ambience!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mss059
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Ron G, General Manager at Benson Hotel, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Thank you for choosing to stay at The Benson Hotel. We’re pleased to read you enjoyed your stay and appreciated your comments about our convenient location and service. We hope to see you again soon!
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

Spent three nights at the Benson in Nov. 2012. The hotel is 100 years old, and the lobby oozes with pre-WWII elegance. Lots of wood, chandeliers, marble, and a fireplace. All of the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Look for Cordell, he can tell you anything you want to know about the hotel, Portland, and the surrounding area. There is also a concierge desk that is very helpful with maps, brochures, advice, etc.

Our room was nice, clean, and had a flat screen TV and minibar. The bathroom was small, but serviceable. Bathrobe and slippers in your room.

The serve an excellent breakfast buffet for $15 each morning in the restaurant/bar at one end of the lobby.

The hotel is within walking distance of many Portland landmarks on the west side of the river, including Powell Books, Saturday Market, and the food trucks.

If you are interested in the excellent Oregon beer scene, take a left out of the Benson's front door and head a block down the street to Bailey's Tap Room. Bailey's has a huge selection of tap and bottled local beers. Also consider the Beervana tour. They will pick you up and drop you off directly at the Benson for a small extra charge.

In summary, the Benson is an excellent hotel, and we will stay there again the next time we are in Portland.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Joe S
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Ron G, General Manager at Benson Hotel, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Thank you very much for your review. We’re very pleased you enjoyed your stay at The Benson Hotel. We’re glad you had a chance to dine at The Palm Court and agree with your recommendation for other readers to visit the many local breweries and other attractions! We hope see you again soon!
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Seattle, Washington
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42 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

Grand, well-located, comfortable, clean, great views, amazingly comfortable Tempurpedic beds, great shower heads, and we even got to bring the dog!

You can't do better in downtown Portland.

My only beef was that if there was a coffeepot, it was hidden so cleverly that we never found it. On the upside: the in-room Internet worked fine.

Room Tip: Lots of good views from all sides of the building.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RedAhead
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San Jose, California
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47 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

The hotel was chosen for us from the bride and groom and we enjoyed the convenient location and the great views from the hotel. The food is delicious and the drinks are stiff, so you can't go wrong there! The hotel is very classic in decor, but I believe in does need a facelift in certain areas that are a bit dark and gloomy.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sammy L
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Property: Benson Hotel
Address: 309 Southwest Broadway, Portland, OR 97205-3794
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Location: United States > Oregon > Portland > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 137 Hotels in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Benson Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 287
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Classic Landmark Hotel located in heart of business & financial district. ... more   less 
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