My wife and I stayed at this hotel a few years ago, and this was our second visit.
It's really quite nice. We had a fourth floor room with a river view. The room is large, and well-appointed. The decor is appealing. The bathroom has a seperate tub and shower, and plenty of fluffy towels. The room also has a balcony, where you can sit and look at the river, weather permitting, of course.
Speaking of the river, there's a nice walking/bike path right in front of the hotel that streches for miles along the Willamette River.
The Aquariva restaurant is right next to the hotel, and believe me, it is top notch. The cuisine is noveau Italian, and it is as good as anything I've had in Italy, I kid you not. And it's not that expensive, either.
I have two minor criticisms of the Avalon. The service leaves a bit to be desired. I asked for a different pillow, and they never sent it up to the room. At one point, my wife and I were carrying armloads of packages in from the car, and neither of the doormen/valets bothered to open the door for us.
The hotel also charges $18/day for parking, which is absolutely ridiculous. There's an open parking lot within steps of the hotel, and there's no reason I can see for charging to park there.
That said, the Avalon is a fine choice. It's just a few minutes south of downtown Portland, about 20 minutes drive from the airport.
- 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