We spent a week here in October 2008 and another week in March 2009. Both times I thought the hotel was overpriced and slightly dated. Although the food and room service were quite good...especially if the staff thought a tip might be forthcoming...in general I left both times feeling like I'd been had. There are much better options in Portland.
The room was small and typically appointed but the carpet and furniture was a bit worn. Small dusty bottles of water (25 oz) were on the desk in the room and probably hadn't been moved for months - most likely because they cost $5. The internet connection was $12.95 (and terribly slow). The sink in my room wasn't cleaned for several days in a row. And the room was either piping hot or very cold even though I didn't touch the thermostat. But the biggest disappointment was the front desk service. The personnel were extremely friendly if they saw dollar signs but were dismissive and rude otherwise.
We stayed here because of a discount offered by the vendor whose class we attended. The front desk was downright rude when I asked them to change my rack rate to the vendor's preferred rate. They finally said they would give me the preferred rate (a whopping $20 discount for about half the days we were there) only if I provided a signed statement from the vendor on their letterhead that I was attending their class. This was only after I threatened to pull the additional $10,000 we were going to spend on upcoming stays.
I think there are cheaper, friendlier, and more pleasant options in Portland. The Marriott's location was convenient but there are other hotels in the vicinity so they aren't the only option. I left feeling like they were probably a very good hotel at one time but they've declined in value. And seldom have I ever seen such a blatant attempt to seperate you from as many dollars as possible.
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