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Portland Mayor's Mansion
Ranked #3 of 33 Portland B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 16, 2013

If you're going to visit the grandchildren, for goodness sake don't stay with your kids. This elegant B&B will make you forget that your daughter doesn't want your advice on raising kids. The second you walk into this elegant yet homey place, you're on vacation. Proprietor Dick is smart, funny, classy, layback, and a great cook. The Mansion is furnished with antiques from the same period as the house, that Dick and his partner acquired from years of shopping estate sales. Close to public transportation and restaurants, parking is free, and the Mansion's backyard is a beautiful city park.

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Reviewed December 5, 2013

Portland Mayor's Mansion is an incredible place. The home is beautifully restored with wonderful art work throughout. Dick is a wonderful host and went out of his way to make us feel at home. I especially loved the breakfast room, so bright and airy. I spent four delightful days here and highly recommend it to anyone visiting Portland.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

I can't recommend this B&B highly enough, it's the most beautiful home and Richard is a fantastic host. Set against a great park for walking or running and close to the city the location is both peaceful and central. The rooms are freshly decorated so everything feels new. The breakfast was very generous and with constant cookies and cakes sitting about Richard went above and beyond the usual B&B offerings.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

In a neighbourhood of fine homes, it stands out as a meticulously and authentically restored mansion bordering on Laurel Hurst Park and it's delightful walking paths. Innkeeper Dick converted his long-time family home to a B&B only recently, opening early 2012, so it still has a very new, fresh feel. He was a wonderful, gracious and accomadating host. Easy walking distance to some interesting shopping streets and great local restaurants.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

We stayed in the Portland Mayor's Mansion this past weekend. Dick was a great host and we really enjoyed our stay. We've been to a number of B&Bs, mostly in the Bay Area, and this was by far the most opulent and impressive establishment we've ever stayed in. The mansion is gorgeous and beautifully furnished -- really top notch quality (not the usual cheesy, musty, dusty doily-and-floral themed B&B experience where the house fixtures and carpeting all look 20 years old). Portland Mayor's Mansion is a very high class establishment and that was reflected in our fellow guests, all very well mannered and quiet folk in for the weekend from Canada, the Midwest, and LA.

There are four guestrooms, from the Albee Suite and Ankeny room (where we stayed), which have private bathrooms, to the Doyle and Laurelhurst rooms which have shared bathrooms. Really tremendous value, at completely reasonable prices. Every bit as nice as a hotel stay in terms of cleanliness and quality (the bedding and sheets were especially crisp and pristine), but so much more homey and cozy, and neighboring a splendid 40 acre park. Varied and hot breakfast available every morning. Lots of street parking just outside. A very safe and secluded location. We will happily stay here again if/when we return to Portland.

Room Tip: All four rooms are on the second floor. Albee Suite is at the top of the stairs, and has its own ba...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

We absolutely loved our stay!! The Mayor's Mansion B & B is beautiful and meticulously decorated, I even had a balcony attached to my room that overlooked a lovely park! The host, Dick, was beyond friendly and helpful with all of our questions and needs. His breakfast wasn't the typical help yourself to bread, cheese and jam. It was delicious and satisfying, with enough variety to keep your palate happy and your belly full. He was so knowledgeable with information for touring the city and outlying area. I would highly recommend staying here even if your not a B & B type. The personalized attention and great location make it a far better deal than any chain hotel!! A must!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

We visited Portland with friends and family over several days last week. The friends stayed at the Mayor's Mansion B&B for 5 nights, while we were right across the street in a private family residence. Knowing that we were out of town visitors like our friends staying with him, Dick extended a warm invitation to join them, and him, for breakfast every morning in his delightful day/sun/breakfast room. Every morning was a start to remember as Dick demonstrated his gourmet flourishes. He stuck around to regale us in the history of the mansion, his time there, and an insider's view of everything quintessentially Portland. A seemingly endless supply of maps were then produced to guide the uninitiated to wherever they wished to go that day. Several late afternoons were concluded outside on the front veranda, sipping wine and having Dick join in the fun, with him frequently offering selections from his own wine stocks to match or surpass what we had provided. I cannot compliment him and his establishment enough. The Mayor's Mansion and its proprietor are genuine elegant treasures to experience.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Portland Mayor's Mansion

Address: 3360 SE Ankeny St, Oregon, Portland, OR 97214-1946
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Location: United States > Oregon > Portland
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Portland
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Portland Mayor's Mansion™ is a four-room bed and breakfast located at Laurelhurst Park in Portland, Ore. The mansion, which was originally called the H. Russell House, has been referred to as The Mayor's House or The Mayor's Mansion for many years. It is our intention to keep the beautiful and historic home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, connected to its past. The H. Russell Albee House, built in 1912, holds significance under the U.S. Department of the Interior's Criterion "C" as an excellent and well-maintained example of Colonial Revival Architecture. Located on a commanding site overlooking Laurelhurst Park in southeast Portland, the large brick home was designed by prominent architect, Albert E. Doyle. Significant elements include the following: Bilateral symmetry of the front elevation Hipped roof Arched and rectangular windows, double-hung and casement Pedimented entrance portico; and Full Doric entablature at the roofline and classical interior detailing - all characteristic features of the Colonial Revival. Albert E. Doyle designed many large homes in Portland. His most prominent works included the Selling Building, Multnomah County Central Library, Northwest Bank Building (now the American Bank Building), Reed College, Benson Hotel, U.S. National Bank Building, the lodge at Multnomah Falls, Public Service Building and the Pacific Building where he moved his office in 1926. H. Russell Albee carries significance under the U.S. Department of the Interior's criterion "B" for his contribution to good government in Portland and his lifelong interest and support for the city park system. Albee served one term as a State Senator before being elected mayor of Portland in 1913. He was elected on a progressive platform that included a charter proposal that eliminated the old ward system and introduced the commission form of government Portland has today. Albee's skill and leadership brought about the successful implementation of the new government and the related modern programs. He led the efforts to develop the city's public docks and strongly supported measures to implement the park expansion called for in the 1912 Bennett Plan. He did not seek reelection in 1917, returned full time to his insurance business. In 1939, after his retirement from business, Albee returned to public service when the city council invited him to accept the temporary post of advisor and assistant to the Superintendent of Parks, a position that was established in connection with a new park development program. The position was made permanent in 1940 and Albee was given title of Supervisor of Land Acquisition and Development for the Bureau of Parks. He continued in that position until his death at age 83, December 31, 1950. ... more   less 

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