Firstly the hotel was superb, good quality great value. The only problem (some may see it as a plus) is the hotels location. The River's Edge Hotel & Spa is located in SW Portland on the banks of the Willamette River. If you are travelling by car Downtown Portland is a few minutes by road. If like us you use other means of transport and are on vacation the hotel is in the middle of nowhere, transport into Portland is via The Portland Streetcar a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel which then takes 20-25 minutes to get into Portland, there are also bus services which can take longer. The alternative is a Cab which again can be expensive. There is also little in the immediate vincinity of the hotel, the nearest bar seemed to be the Macadam Bar and Grill a 15-20 walk away. The plus points about the location were the beautiful Riverside walk and the fact it was fairly quiet.
The hotel itself was excellent, a large well appointed room with bathroom including shower, bath, toilet, a modern large screen TV, free wi-fi, excellent spa facilities and a free continental breakfast and newspapers. My room was a little close to the elevator so we did have a little noise during the night. The Riverside walk was very popular with joggers, cyclists and dog walkers.
An excellent hotel but as the receptionist admiited to me, "the main issue is the location"
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- River’s Edge Hotel & Spa is an environmentally-friendly, 99-room luxury boutique hotel located at the edge of Portland’s South Waterfront District, an emerging mixed-use neighborhood integrating alternative transportation, parks and trails, green building practices, retail, restaurants and healthy living with art and design. Perched on the banks of the Willamette River just minutes from downtown Portland, River’s Edge offers travelers the sophistication and warm hospitality of the Pacific Northwest. Guests and visitors enjoy classic service, modern amenities and comforts expected from Portland boutique hotels, making River’s Edge Hotel & Spa a favorite among all Portland waterfront hotels. Among the hotel’s valued amenities are its luxurious two-level, 13,000-square-foot full-service spa, salon and fitness center as well as Aquariva restaurant and bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avalon Hotel And Spa
- Avalon Hotel Portland