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“Not what I expected” 3 of 5 stars
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University Place Hotel and Conference Center
Ranked #93 of 137 Hotels in Portland
Columbus, Ohio
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98 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Not what I expected”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

We ended up at this hotel when we arrived in Portland and found that our condo had been double booked. The hotel lobby is nice and the desk clerks were very helpful. The rooms were clean (we had 2 rooms for 7 days) but pretty basic. Our rooms overlooked the pool which could be very noisy since the windows did not seal very well when shut. There was no way you could take a nap in the afternoon or go to sleep early because of the pool noise. Also, at the time of our visit there was a major construction project going on in front of the hotel which began early in the morning and continued on into the early evening hours. They are reconstructing a road or running the public transportation line through there so it doesn't appear that it will be done any time soon. The hallways to the rooms was very smelly - I almost turned around and went back to the desk to check out but once in the room I did not notice any smell. Also, be aware that this is called the "University Place" for a reason. A lot of student athletes, etc., stay at this hotel when they are traveling to Portland State University for meets and games, etc.

That being said, the location of the hotel was great. We were able to walk into town with no problem. The area felt safe (once you crossed the construction zone) and there were some small parks nearby to sit and read. The river was just a couple of blocks away - easy to walk to. The best part for us was that it was available when our other accommodations fell through.

The free breakfast was very good - hot food every morning (eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes) as well as pastries, coffee, bagels, toast, cereal, etc. Plenty of room to sit down and enjoy a meal.

Room Tip: Stay in a room away from the noisy pool area.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Jan W
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Roseburg, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Spent the night here on Monday September 10, 2012. The hotel was recommended to me by Portland State University, as my son was having an Orientation the next day. The hotel offered a cheaper price for parents of PSU students which was $119.00/night plus an overnight parking fee- $12.00 (ouch!), local taxes etc, grand total $145.88. Pretty steep for such a basic hotel. The nicest feature of the hotel were the warm chocolate chip cookies upon arrival and the morning breakfast. The rest of the hotel was just "okay". It looked like one of the hotels that had seen better days. The road leading to the hotel was bumpy and being completely torn up. The hallways were dingy and dark - a little scary. The outside appeared old, lightbulbs were missing on walkways etc. One nice thing, my bathroom didn't have a working lightbulb, I called the front desk and the service department arrived promptly and replaced the bulb. The front desk was friendly. Worse feature? Our room was overlooking the highway and the noise level was terrible. We heard the traffic all night. Would I recommend this place? Probably. But if it wasn't for the discounted price, I would have stayed somewhere else cleaner and nicer overall.,,

Room Tip: Dont get a room right by the highway!! The noise level is awful...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

We originally booked for 2 nights but decided to stay an extra night. The first thing to comment on is the desk staff, very helpful. The room itself was absolutely fine, it was quiet when we went but would imagine it would get quite noisy at peak times. The breakfast was also fine, lots of choice of hot and cold food.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Daniel R
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Bellevue, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

We chose this hotel for a family reunion celebrating a graduation from Portland State in mid-August. There were 17 of us in 7 rooms, including a suite that we used for evening gatherings. Some were there for 2 nights, others up to 5 nights. All the rooms (kings with rollaways, doubles, adjoining king and double and of course the suite) were deluxe, which meant they were upgraded and had a microwave, refrig, flat screen tv and balcony - well worth the extra $10. Because we were here for university commencement, there was an even lower rate from what was already very reasonable. Wi-fi worked just fine. Kids as well as adults enjoyed the pool, and there were lots of tables around it for us to gather. Free breakfast was very nice with eggs, bacon and sausage, potatoes, sweet rolls and muffins, variety of juices, etc. I was impressed that all the breakfast utensils as well as paper plates and cups were compostable. We didn't hear any of the construction noise. This was convenient for public transportation or for walking to destinations, and those with cars didn't fuss about the parking fee. Staff was very courteous and helpful with all our questions. We had take-out from the hotel's Lincoln Station Grill two nights around the pool, and that worked out very well. Everyone in our party said they thought the hotel was perfect for our family reunion and thought that having a suite also had been a very good idea. And the large yummy chocolate chip cookie when we checked in was a plus, too!

Room Tip: Choose a deluxe room - it is well worth the small amount of extra money. We were on the southwest s...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Davis, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

There is major road construction taking place right in front of the hotel, starting at around 5 am. I know the hotel isn't doing the construction, but it did make sleeping pretty hard. I asked at the desk what was happening and they said the construction will take years not months or weeks. I asked if they had ear plugs. "No, but you can buy some if you need them." So, even through the room was nice, and very close to what I came to see, (Portland State University) I would give it a thumbs down unless you can sleep through trucks going beep, beep beep and generators making non-stop noise in the early morning hours. When I looked to book a hotel room I didn't think to ask if there was major road construction going on just outside the front door, so I hope you see this and it helps you find a quiet hotel.

Room Tip: Maybe ask for a room that is far awy from the Lincoln St side of the complex, Tell them you know the...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Hope Island, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

We stayed here a few days ago at the end of a trip through the US. We chose to stay here as the Budget rental is here where we had to return our car.

We had a very old room, very old (we didn't think we would). The wifi didn't work and we were told when booking the hotel had wifi - there was a cable to plug your laptop into though. When we awoke in the morning the roof was leaking on us, so we went down and complained and were moved after breakfast to a deluxe king room for a few hours until we checked out which was very nice. I thought the room we initially booked would look like the deluxe king room (which was quite nice).

The breakfast was very average, served on paper plates with paper cutlery, quite odd. The night before we had dinner and drinks at the restaurant downstairs and the server (only girl working) 'kept' $5 on our bill when bringing the change. I'm not sure if she did this on purpose and decided on her own tip or didn't add what we gave her up properly, but we didn't tip her because of this, we thought it was quite rude, she would have got a tip otherwise.

The hotel is quite old, we have had a lot better for less.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank mrsktm
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Hinton, Canada
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83 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Easy access off freeway. When its hot weather - hang by the pool or walk down to the water front. 10 blocks to the water, Public market and downtown. Staff are friendly and courteous. Lots of rooms available when we booked same day. Showing signs of age but still comfortable. King bed and balcony over the pool = awesome. Air conditioner worked great. I would book here again. Parking limited - probably due to road maintenance. $12 fee for parking by University. Parking fee is a turn off.

Room Tip: King beds and by the pool if you can. Make sure you pay the parking fee and confirm where to park. T...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: University Place Hotel and Conference Center
Address: 310 SW Lincoln St, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97201-5007
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Location: United States > Oregon > Portland > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #93 of 137 Hotels in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — University Place Hotel and Conference Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 235
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Affordable rooms and conference space with easy access to everything in downtown including Pioneer Square, Saturday Market, and Portland Art Museum. TriMet public transportation located right in front of the hotel. Outdoor seasonal pool, free WiFi and giant cookie upon check-in are just a few of our great amenities! ... more   less 
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