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Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel
Ranked #1 of 141 Hotels in Portland
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Melbourne, Australia
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“4 Star Cost, 5 Star everything else”
Reviewed January 4, 2012

Let me begin by setting the scene. In Feb 2011 my partner and I (from Melbourne, Australia) decided to plan a visit to my sister, a Portland local, for Christmas. Of course it was straight to Trip Advisor as we had never been there before for the list of the top 10 hotels. We wanted to host a catered Christmas day lunch and evening relaxed cocktail party in our room. Therefore we needed a table that could seat at least 6 (more family coming in from DC) and we expected to be joined by more guests during the evening.

From a table perspective it came down to 2 or 3 hotels in Portland with the Riverplace having the largest with a table for 10 in the Grand Suite. But it wasn’t just about the table as we were staying for 8 nights.
Did we want to be in the inner city (ala The Nines) or a short walk away?
Did we want a hotel with all the quirky styling’s of a modern art exhibition (ala The Lucia) or the more classically Oregonian styled (Riverplace)?
Did we want to be somewhere with friendly casual service or have the standard efficient, slightly aloof and not too involved good service we see so much in high-end hotels these days.

We opted for the Riverplace. It’s a short walk and even shorter trolley ride into the city. The hotel architecture and furnishing are classically understated Oregonian. The Grand Suite (please see photos) is on the 4th floor. It over looks the Willamette River with windows stretching the entire room and has a table for 10 with wet bar. There is a full size lounge suite with chaise and 2 wing-backed chairs centred around a lovely open fire. The bedroom has a huge double ensuite with 2 person spa bath not one of those UGLY uncomfortable corner things you often see. I love how you could close the double doors off to the bedroom, ensuite and walk in robe and still have access to a separate guest bathroom off of the main living area. I had indicated with my initial booking I would like the room decorated for Christmas, I wasn’t prepared for how beautifully this was done with the most striking floor to ceiling tree. Thanks to the lovely Christine for doing such an amazing job (see photos).

Of course the main element Riverplace is renowned for is its friendly service. The service is casual and relaxed but at the same time efficient and respectful. From the moment you walk in the door you feel like one of the family that they haven’t seen for years. The family feel is added too by being a pet friendly hotel and we soon became friends with pets and their owners. They even look after the dogs behind the front desk if the owners go out!

The catering for our Christmas day extravaganza was organized between myself and the gorgeous Yumiko many months earlier. The table was beautifully set (silver service) in the AM. The 3 course meal was very good and prepared in the 3 Degrees restaurant and served by the fabulous Manuel on time at 12:30pm. We had been wine and cheese tasting (a must in Portland) so supplied our own. The cocktail food was also of a high standard and served by David who couldn’t do more for you.

The business centre was very helpful and the street parking was excellent for my sister and father to come and go during our stay.

I know this reads like an paid commercial but it truly was the best hotel experience we have ever had and all at a 4 star cost (a Suite of that size for that price was a bargain) but truly a 5 star level of service in its own casual relaxed way. Having stayed in the likes of The Ritz, The Berkley and the Grand Bretagne we’ve had our share of the best but sometimes its about where you are most comfortable, most welcomed and leave looking forward to your next visit.

Thanks to everyone at Riverplace for making a very rare family get together a perfect memory for us all.

Room Tip: The Grand Suite all the way!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

Solid hotel, friendly staff, great location, not a sofisticated place but guess what? The staff smiles!! Will return with no doubt.

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Newport, Oregon
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Reviewed December 30, 2011

Wonderful staff, nice rooms and beautiful views. The use of their fitness facility was wonderful.

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McMinnville, Oregon
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

We spent two days over Christmas at RiverPlace, and it was a delightful experience! Our river-view room was lovely, quiet, comfortably furnished. The location is perfect; there's so much available within walking distance. Love the bathrobes! This will be our go-to place for relaxation and rejuvenation.

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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Reviewed December 20, 2011

We have stayed at the RiverPlace Hotel on several occasions, and on each one, we find the staff and hotel to be oustanding. The rooms are very well furnished, are quiet, and the housekeeping staff is excellent. The restaurant and bar (Three Degrees) is also a gem.

Room Tip: Rooms with a courtyard view are very quiet, however, the rooms with the river views are beautiful.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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Reviewed December 16, 2011

Riverplace is my hotel of choice when in Portland on business. I am always made to feel welcome and appreciated. The staff are adept at balancing warmth and friendliness with professionalism. The rooms are inviting; I would describe them as elegantly comfortable. River view rooms are expecially appealing overlooking a charming waterfront area with nearby shops and restaurants. In December, guests are treated to a view of the Christmas ships decked out in holiday lights. Year round dragon boat enthusiasts liven up the locale.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed December 12, 2011

Whenever I find myself in Portland, the Riverplace is where I stay. The rooms are extremely quiet, well appointed with warmth and simplicity, and often a view of the river. The staff is extraordinary- always couteous and doing whatever is necessary to make my stay comfortable and cozy. I love the riverwalk right out the door, and the access to the free downtown trolley is close, allowing easy navigation through the city. make sure you take in a meal at the Three degrees restaurant within the hotel - delicious food and maginficent view of the water.
I always feel s if I am coming home when I check into the Riverplace.

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Property: Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel
Address: 1510 SW Harbor Way, Portland, OR 97201-5105 (Formerly RiverPlace Hotel, A Larkspur Collection Hotel)
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Location: United States > Oregon > Portland > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Portland
#1 Business Hotel in Portland
#2 Romantic Hotel in Portland
#3 Family Hotel in Portland
#11 Green Hotel in Portland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay Tranquil. A landmark presence on the riverfront, Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel captures the innovative essence and intimate hospitality of the Pacific Northwest. A haven of warmth and tranquility, RiverPlace is a charming refuge located at the base of Portland's city center. Stay closely connected or blissfully removed - RiverPlace is an immersion in care, comfort and quality. The hotel offers personalized experiences tailored to guest's individual needs and interests, from complimentary wireless high speed Internet, DVD players and complimentary access to the Oregon Athletic Club at RiverPlace. Guests also enjoy our Three Degrees Waterfront Bar & Grill, one of the city's most popular spots. Everything about this restaurant feels welcoming and comfortable - including our guests. ... more   less 
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