This is the second time I have stayed at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront. I was there for five days; four nights during my May 2012 visit. I love the staff at this place. They are a welcoming and pleasant bunch of employees -- from the front desk staff and valet to the cleaning staff and gift shop associates. The downtown location across the street from the river is a good home base for business and touring. The waterfront view is definitely more pleasant than the street/parking lot/downtown views. And if you are there during clear weather, it's spectacular to look out a waterfront window and see Mt. Hood in the horizon. I found the bathrooms, like other reviewers, to be small. I did not like the inches-wide balcony, and note: if you have children there is a sign on the sliding glass balcony door reminding you to not leave children unattended. This would have been nerve wracking for me, to be honest, to have this feature in a room with a young child, so much so that I would have opted out of a balcony room. That said, traveling with no children, I did like the option to open the door to let in the breeze. The room was reasonably clean, and the cleaning staff was notably friendly and polite. That said, there was some very mild wear in the room and some notable dust on things like lamp bases. The linens were soft and my bed was comfortabable. I did not use room service, so I can't comment on that. The hotel bar staff is as friendly as the rest of the staff. Beware though, prices are high - $10 for a margarita. I had a hard time finding solid recommendations from staff on nearby local restaurants. I used the web for the most part to guide me. There is a generous amoung of lobby seating to enjoy an evening drink and conversation with co-workers or friends. There also are two lobby computers with available web access - a bit crowded line at times. I was very frustrated by the lack of an in-room safe. They have a front desk safe that fits lap tops and other electronics, but the daily trek to a central safe is annoying and not typical of most hotels in this price range. In sum: Above average staff and a great central location. Needs a few added ammenity touches, however, to raise it to the next level.
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- Plan a memorable getaway to Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront. Our upscale hotel in Portland, Oregon sits along the Willamette River in the heart of the action offering city and waterfront views. Enjoy our perfect location near Keller Auditorium, Riverplace Marina and Portland State University. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Portland Marriott Downtown Hotel Portland
- Marriott Portland