After getting a pretty good deal naming my own price on Priceline, I was VERY happy with my stay at the Benson. I did choose to upgrade to a standard room for an extra $20 a night, which still made the stay less than $100 a night, and found the room very comfortable. I am not one for modern decor with glass and steel accents so the Benson with it's old world style and feel was perfect. Lots of warm wood and color throughout. The staff was very accommodating from the valet to the front desk to the housekeeping staff. We were greeted with smiles and offers of anything we needed wherever we turned.
They were revamping their room service menu while we were there so the late menu wasn't available. We made sure to place our order before the 11:00pm deadline and was even able to call an order in to be left in the room when returning from a coastal road trip around midnight. Now THAT'S service! The avacodo/provolone sandwich and clam chowder were fantastic!
The one thing that bothered me was the warning buzzer from the adjacent parking garage on the side street. I like to keep my windows open and had to listen to the tone everytime someone exited the garage. But with the window closed it wasn't an issue.
The Portland Pride parade went by the front of the hotel on one day of our stay and we were able to enjoy the festivities just by walking out the door. So much fun! Powell's Bookstore was a five minute walk away and Whole Foods was ten minutes. There is a Peet's Coffee two blocks away and Zipcars near as well. Location is perfect!
I would definitely stay here again and encourage others to do so as well.
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