Some people will only buy new books and only stay in luxury hotels. I love new books, even the smell of them, and I do love nice hotels. But we also love used books and 'used' hotels. And the Mark Spencer is a treasure. We have stayed at the Mark Spencer several times over the years, the last two times for ten days and seven days respectively. How could you not love it? It is slightly pleasantly tattered and maybe could use a new cover, but inside you just cannot go wrong. Warm and friendly (and efficient ) staff, superb housekeeping, laundromat on the premises, the NYT at the door every morning. I know that breakfast, afternoon tea and wine in the late afternoon are all provided, but we have never partaken in any of this. We arrive with our coffee pot and a few favourite travel essentials (not necessary - everything is provided) and settle in. We get a small suite with a separate bedroom. Powell's Books (new and used) is about half a block away - the original reason for our choosing this wonderful hotel. We visit Powell's two to three times a day the entire time we are there. Whole Foods is about a block away for groceries. Famous Vinopolis is across the street for wonderful wine. Macy's is a short pleasant walk away if you need to shop. For lunch there is Henry's Tavern and Deschute's Brewery. I could stay all summer. Thank you, Mark Spencer Hotel!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the world of hospitality, there are a few unexpected places in which timeless European flair, cultured style and Old World courtesy are vibrantly alive. These lasting impressions are also accompanied by a profound respect for another very precious aspect: your comfort. Welcome to The Mark Spencer Hotel, an exceptional value in the hub of the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Mark Spencer Hotel Portland
- Mark Spencer Portland