I loved the simple bed & breakfast style, with a self-service set-up. Don't stay here if you are expecting to be waited on hand and foot, as it is not that kind of place! Do stay here if you love well maintained old houses with tremendous charm, cleanliness, and can appreciate details like organic food, and recycling and composting containers for your garbage. We were given the code to the front door before our arrival, and the keys to our rooms were left in the doors of the rooms we were staying in. Upon walking into the entry, our jaws dropped at seeing the two beautiful stain glass windows on either side of the staircase, and we marveled at the workmanship in the gorgeous, inlaid, wood floors, and Craftsman era details of the house. A caretaker was around during the day, but the caretaker does not clean rooms during the stay, or help carry your bags. You are also responsible for helping yourself to breakfast or snacks in the kitchen, and for cleaning up your mess afterwards.
Our group occupied two rooms; the second floor suite and the ground floor studio apartment. Both rooms were both very clean and comfortable. The rooms do not have TVs, and we did note see one in the house. There was a computer available to use on the ground floor, and the house has good working wi-fi. There is also an industrial washer and dryer in the basement that you can get permission to use, and you may store your food in the main kitchen refrigerator if you are not staying in the apartment (there are labels to put your name on your own food).
Comparing the two rooms, the studio apartment has a queen bed, stall shower, and a kitchenette with small stove, mini refrigerator, and basic place settings and cookware. It also has a small table and two chairs, with easily accessible plugs to charge electronics or use a computer while sitting at the table. The room was extremely quiet, with no audible outside noise, and we only heard very faint sounds of people walking in the rooms above us. The shower did not have a lot of water pressure, and sprayed outside of the shower pan, requiring an extra towel to soak up the water from the floor. Shower aside, I loved the seclusion of the apartment within the house, and would happily stay here again!
The second floor suite has a ing size bed, claw-foot tub, and a sitting room with a fire place (not sure if you can use it, we didn't ask). The traffic on Caesar Chavez Street was audible in the room, and one could also hear the people walking about on the third floor. This is a larger room, and more romantic than the apartment.
Continental breakfast included a variety of bagels, muffins, and breads, cereals with organic milk, coffee, tea, and organic fruit and jams.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An authentic Portland experience in one of Southeast PDX's most visited neighborhoods. Intelligently combining Old Portland warmth with modern amenities, we offer a stay blending the best of a boutique hotel with a modern bed & breakfast inn. Forget any antiquated notions of over-bearing hosts, while friendly staff are available for any requests and to chat you will feel like it is your space- an optimal balance of hospitality and privacy. Well reviewed, clean and a short walk to the amazing Division / Clinton restaurant scene. Close by are Hawthorne & Belmont, while Downtown, Sellwood, Reed College, Eastmoreland / Westmoreland, Woodstock, Stark, etc. are 10 - 15 minute drives. Some of the included amenities: private off-street parking, continental breakfast, fast wi-fi & guest internet computer, luxury mattress', endless hot water. Visit our website to learn more & to make instant reservations. ... more less
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