I booked this based on reviews and pictures from Trip Advisor and other sites. I was interested in being close to everything in Portland (or at least to public transit that could take me to those things) and preferably a river view. I got neither.
The staff was very pleasant (although there was a valet but no bellman) and just as we started to go up to our room the clerk admitted, "You have a river view room, but it might be a little hard to see through the trees". Would've been nice to know when I booked.
The room is smallish, and the armoire with the TV is perpendicular to the bed. We did figure out (just before we checked out) that the TV (one of the old, heavy type) could be slid out and the shelf angled toward the bed for viewing in bed. But we really were disappointed in what constituted a "river view" to pay extra for at this place (see photos). We also found that it was way out in an industrial area, and the closest mass transit stop was about a quarter of a mile or more away through a rough-looking desolate area. The balconies are separated from each neighbor by a small triangular canvas flap and the patio furniture is cheap and uncomfortable. The furnishings were very drab too and it was difficult to find the right switches for the lights.
But the most interesting thing (which ended up being a huge source of amusement for my husband and myself) was a switch on the bathroom wall (see photos) that appeared to control nothing! It said, "TV Volume Control" but it did not control the TV in the bedroom and there was no TV in the bathroom! We wondered if when we turned it back and forth someone on another floor might be saying, "Hey! Who's messing with my TV??" :)
We checked out 2 days early and found a hotel in the downtown area (Vintage Plaza) that treated us like gold. Though their rooms (Vintage Plaza) are smallish and the beds not very comfortable, the hotel staff is over-the-top accommodating and the location is perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The perfect setting for your next Portland adventure, River's Edge is rooted in this vibrant Pacific Northwest city. We are energized by our location right alongside the mighty Willamette River, in the on-the-rise SoWa neighborhood. Our location makes us the perfect base from which to explore the city and surrounding areas, while our expert staff loves to offer their tips for enjoying nearby Downtown and beyond. Later, we'll welcome you back to enjoy a meal in our seasonal-fresh restaurant, a relaxing treatment in our spa, and some downtime in our comfortable rooms and suites. Thoughtful amenities like complimentary internet access make traveling a little easier, while upgraded perks like gas fireplaces and private furnished terraces make stays a lot more fun. And it’s all backed by views of the river and lush hillside—further reminders of our incredible location. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avalon Hotel And Spa
- Avalon Hotel Portland