We've stayed a couple times now, for several days at a time. It's a little bit of a mixed bag but the overall experience is nice and one I wouldn't hesitate to have again.
Rooms were very clean, staff was exceptionally friendly. Sarah (she mentioned she was an out-of-stater... management, I hope you are paying attention) in particular at the front desk was a delight every single time we spoke to her. There was also a valet with aviator glasses who's name I didn't catch, but he made the incredible inconvenience of a mandatory valet for a parking lot that is literally two seconds from where you're going and not hard to figure out at all, a pleasant experience. Kudos to them both. Everyone was very kind and accepting of our child, which is an attitude not often experienced when going places with a two year old! It meant a lot.
Can I just touch on the valet thing, again? Kind of ridiculous. I mean I get it, the restaurant gets busy at night, and there are a lot of fancyschmancy cars around... dig that there are a handful of people who have been given a job, and it definitely adds a certain class... but really? It ought to be an option, is all I'm saying.
Infused water in the lobby? Awesome, nice touch. Enjoyed that very much.
Breakfast on the other hand was a JOKE. I mean literally, we actually make sarcastic references to it in our every day lives. I have had better breakfasts come out of vending machines. Save yourself the headache and go out.
We never ate at Aquariva, though we did head good things and it seemed to be a hotspot in the evenings. The atmosphere was not child friendly (we had our toddler in tow), and a little stuffy for our tastes anyhow. Food was somewhat of an issue, considering you are a little disconnected from everything. Hot Lips Pizza delivers, and if you're in the mood for a (quite nice) 10 minute walk or so, there is a great Vietnamese place as well as a super casual local burger chain right around OHSU. We enjoyed both, Vietnamese being the star of that show.
Never visited the gym, either, because the outdoor walking options were just lovely. We walked the path along the river every morning and several evenings (it is busy, so if you've got your headphones in make sure to respect flow of traffic!). Also walked to OHSU and the surrounding areas daily. You can catch the streetcar there to get downtown if you don't want to mess with driving/parking.
The rooms were very nice. Beds so comfy we had to peek under the sheets and take note for ourselves. We all slept like babies, even OUR baby who is prone to toss and turn like well, a two year old. Linens, awesome. Stayed in the corner suite and loved the windows, and the bathroom. Urban luxury for sure. Comfort and then some. Clean, as I mentioned before. I have this horrible habit of being bedbug-paranoid any time I stay anywhere. The thought NEVER once crossed my mind in this place. This is truly impressive in my opinion.
Definitely go for the riverside view. Unless you have a cottonwood allergy in which case I suggest avoiding the place all together.
Had a few quirks however... one time we stayed and out bathtub was missing part of the drain stopper. Maintenance was super quick to fix it and very nice. AC in the bedroom was REALLY loud. Tv remotes never seemed to work very well, and it was so odd to us that such modern rooms still rocked the oldschool tube televisions. Not really an issue, we're not big tv people. A few times the window treatment tracks were super sticky... and the doors to the balconies while very innovative never worked quite right. It seemed a bit like the idea was beyond some people and they had been forced one way or another too many times. Would have liked to be able to open more windows, as we were there for three nights during one stay and the AC was on the fritz. We spoke with the desk about it twice and were assured it would be dealt with promptly. It was not. The day we were packing to leave (well before our check out) I was surprised with two maintenance guys in our room when I walked out of the bedroom. Thankfully I'd met the one before, so I wasn't terribly alarmed... but still. They said they were only just informed of the problem a few minutes before. This was THREE DAYS after we first brought it up with the desk.
I'd definitely go back. We're pretty laid back people, so it's flaws made it a little endearing. There were other members in our party who were a little less satisfied. I suppose it just depends on the height of your expectations.
- 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