The hotel is nice inside and out, and located at the very south end of the South Waterfront District. I used to work in the office building next door many years ago, so I was familiar with the area, and was excited to see how the South Waterfront area had changed.
Generally, I thought the hotel and service was very nice, but I had two major quibbles and one minor one:
The minor quibble: It is valet parking only, and certainly cheaper than the valet service at a downtown hotel. However, it's kind of odd that they have valet only, since the area that it's in is not really that dense, and it seems like that they could have had a free lot (or at least a cheaper self-park option) close by. We just parked for the weekend and used the streetcar, so the valet service was basically useless to us.
Major quibble #1: I liked the decor of the hotel and rooms, but neither my wife or I could really get comfortable in the bed. The pillows were especially terrible, and I thought that you could hear noises in the adjacent rooms more than you should in an upscale hotel. I'm a heavy sleeper, and generally can catch some winks anywhere, but neither of us had a great night's sleep either of the two nights we stayed. We honestly thought that the bed and pillows in the La Quinta that we stayed at in Salem earlier in the week was much better.
Location: I thought it would be fun to be in and explore the new South Waterfront district, and take the street car into downtown and the central eastside, rather than staying in those places. But although there has been a lot of building done in this area in the last several years, it really hasn't matured, and has a shockingly lack of restaurants and amenities for the amount of spendy condos nearby. So basically we spent almost no time in the South Waterfront District, which meant that we just had to wait for the streetcar every 15 minutes whenever we wanted to go downtown, and then take the 15 minute ride to/from downtown, which basically wasted half an hour for every trip.
All in all, I would stay downtown next time to be closer to downtown, NW 21st/23rd, the Pearl, and the Central Eastside.
- 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