I very regrettably purchased a room for three nights at this hotel through Hotwire. It's categorized on Hotwire as a "Cascade Station Entrance Hotel". This is NOT a Cascade Station hotel. Was very disappointed, to say the least, when I found out my 3 star Cascade Station hotel was the Red Lion. This is also NOT a 3 star hotel as I see it classified on every travel website at which I've looked. It's a 2 star AT BEST. Let's see. Where to start.
I guess I'll first go over the cons:
*Awful location. Difficult to get in and out, not close to anything and no public transit access.
*I had to walk around open trash cans overflowing with trash bags to get to the entrance to my building.
*No locks on doors leading into the buildings! The doors have locks for key card access, but they don't work. The staff person standing outside my building having a smoke break informed me that "you don't need a key. Just open the door". Lovely. My favorite discovery was a door that didn't have a handle, much less a lock! Just a huge, gaping hole where a door handle once lived, once upon a time.
*The carpet in the hallways is filthy and is very obviously never, ever vacuumed.
*The room itself was depressing. Very, very dark. It had an offensive smell, which I can't really describe. I guess you could say it smelled like a lot of nasty chemicals trying to cover up something even nastier. They have recently "remodeled", but everything still feels old and dirty. I brought along some disinfectant wipes to clean the surfaces (I had a feeling I'd need to do a lot of disinfecting at this hotel) and I'm almost sorry that I did. I was appalled at the amount of dirt and gunk that I cleaned from the desk, the nightstand, and bathroom counter.
*The bedding is dreadful and the pillows and mattresses are uncomfortable and unforgiving. Not exactly the "plush, pillowtop 'Stay Comfortable' bed" boldly advertised on the Red Lion website.
*In the light of day of the next morning, I made the mistake of pulling out the nightstand to plug in my laptop. Yikes. I'll do my fellow travelers the courtesy of not going into a description of my findings.
*The very last straw was when I decided to get some fresh air and found a broken lock on my ground floor room window.
*It has HBO.
I've stayed at a lot of hotels in and around the Portland area, and this is BY FAR the worst. If you Priceline or Hotwire as often as I do, then you are taking a huge risk when bidding on a "3 star" hotel. I wouldn't recommend this hotel to a friend OR my worst enemy. Stay away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just a half mile from Portland International Airport and just a short trip from Downtown Portland, our hotel boasts one of the most favorable locations among Portland Airport hotels. Whether you're staying with us while you wait for your flight or embarking on a fun Portland adventure with the family, take advantage of our convenient and enjoyable airport hotel amenities, including complimentary Portland airport shuttle service, two on-site Portland hotel dining options, a 24/7 fitness center, free WiFi and heated outdoor pool (seasonal). Red Lion Portland Airport is also conveniently located near the MAX light rail system so you can easily keep connected to popular Portland area attractions like the Lloyd Center Mall, the Oregon Zoo, Oregon Convention Center, MOOA Center, and the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Portland Red Lion