My husband and I celebrated our anniversary with a 3 night stay at Portland's White House. We don't always stay at B&B's when traveling, but I do tend to find them a little more intimate and romantic in the right setting. We didn't need to stay right in the midst of downtown Portland, so I was happy to find this B&B as an option for this trip. The neighborhood was pretty and quiet with plenty of shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes within a short walk. As others mentioned, it's very easy to get to downtown Portland, as well as out to the Columbia River Gorge (30 minute drive) for some hiking and beautiful scenery. It was our first visit to Portland, and when I asked the young lady upon check-in if she had any advice or recommendations for our day at the gorge, I was really surprised that she had nothing. Nothing printed out available to give to anyone who asks, nor any advice or opinions herself. She said we could use the included Internet to look ourselves. I didn't think she was being rude, but that in training for her job she should be asked to be well informed about the area and any of the places guests might want to visit. The owner was there briefly when we arrived but immediately announced that he hadn't been home in several days and was really anxious to spend the next couple of days there, so.....see ya. We ended up seeking lattes the next morning before breakfast was offered (never were we offered espresso or lattes as mentioned on their website, it was only coffee or tea, which was a bit disappointing since I thought I'd be able to get a latte each morning). We walked to a local coffee/espresso/doughnut shop and the young man there gave us some great information about spending our day at the gorge, even recommending a good lunch spot. The breakfast served each morning was fine and filling. We appreciated receiving fruit with breakfast. We stayed in the Canopy Room which was quiet and comfortable. It was mostly clean, and storage was ample so it was easy to unpack and feel comfortable. We rarely had an issue parking on the street around the property. We did pull up one day too late to help an older man struggling to get his luggage into his car. I felt the owner and staff a bit indifferent to their guests. It wasn't what I expected from such a lovely B&B. There is no wine hour or honor bar or any personal service at all - at least during our stay. We paid for an adequate room in a lovely old home, but next time I'll probably just stay at a Kimpton where at least someone will be available to recommend a place for dinner or ask us if we've enjoyed our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in the image of the White House and opulently furnished by Chef/Owner/Collector, Lanning Blanks. Every room is uniquely different and beautifully appointed. Come enjoy our fresh baked cookies... Chocolates and full amazing breakfast! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Portland`s White House Hotel Portland