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“Like a small flat, rather than a room”
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Mark Spencer Hotel
Ranked #8 of 146 Hotels in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 29, 2010

This hotel is well located in Portland, across the road from the amazing Powell's bookstore and the great Jake's restaurant. This location means that it is in the middle of the city, so expect appropriate city noise and you will be OK (traffic, people leaving clubs and bars). Room was very well resourced, with a fully working kitchen. Free breakfast was perfectly adequate, wine was offered in the afternoon, but too busy enjoying Portland to return to hotel for this. Why people should be concerned about the entrance is baffling, who ever booked a hotel because the entrance was lovely, I thought it was the rooms that mattered?

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2010

Yes, this is a long description but necessary.

Upon entering the Mark Spencer one is filled with hope of a pleasant experience. The help is friendly and courteous and the lobby pleasantly decorated. However... as soon as we entered the room it was apparent that the rooms did not match the lobby's ambiance. Firstly, I had to be careful opening the door as to not hit the back wall with it (i.e. EXTREMELY small room). Looking out the window I saw a brick wall for a view. The windows were open and the smell of asphalt (apparently wafting down from the roof) was nauseating. At this point I went to ask for a new room, something larger perhaps? The courteous staff looked at me strangely (I guess no one had ever asked this questions previously?) and informed me that they were booked. In the spirit of cooperation we decided to be accommodating (hold it, isn't that what a Hotel should be?) and went back to our closet (whoops I mean room). We went out and had a fabulous meal and then returned for a nights sleep. We had to close the windows due to the asphalt smell and turn on the air conditioning. The unit is likely one of the first ever made and made the environment worse. After finally falling asleep a couple fo hours later we were woken up by a door slamming at 11:30. This door slamming continued every fifteen minutes for the next three hours. We finally fell asleep for a couple of hours after realizing that the regular door slamming had finally ceased. We woke at around 6am due to a lack of oxygen and decided to cut our losses and run. Upon entering the shower I realized it as an "Eco-Shower", and fifteen minutes later I was wet. After finally cleaning up and getting ready to escape we decided to try the continental breakfast. There were bagels and croissants from Safeway I presume (likely a day or two old), a couple of pieces of fruit and some cold cereal; we declined. The coffee came from a machine and actually wasn't too bad.

We finally escaped the Mark Spencer and headed out of town. We had planned to spend the morning in downtown Portland, which we love, but decided we needed to get away as soon as possible. Unless you want to experience life like that of a Bosnia apartment during the war, look elsewhere. Thanks for reading.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2010

My family and I have been coming to Portland for many years and find that the Mark Spencer Hotel meets our needs. It has the charm of old Portland but with modern conveniences. The rooms are spacious and the one bedroom suites come with full kitchen facilities. The continental breakfast is more than adequate and with enough eating areas. The parking has been made easier now with the garage being adjacent to the hotel. We always plan on staying at this hotel when in Portland.

  • Stayed: August 2010
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Reviewed August 21, 2010

Room complete with kitchen, tv, etc. Convenient to Powells Book store, restaurants closeby..like upscale 'Jakes' , free Tri met transportation within the city, complete, tasty breakfast, wine tasting in the evening, tea & cookies in the afternoon, parking included in the price of the room, .We would stay there again without a doubt. Management, service staff etc. awesome !!
Hope to return to Portland, Oregon soon and stay @ this hotel!!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2010

Excellent all around with lots of great amenities: kitchen in the room, 24 hour coffee and tea, free wifi and nice wine and cheese reception. Felt like we were staying in a boutique European hotel. Friendly and helpful staff. Price was reasonable considering everything that was included and will definitely go back again when visiting Portland.

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Reviewed August 11, 2010

My mother, sister and I stayed at the Mark Spencer for several days this past June for the occasion of my son's wedding. Your staff is outstanding in professional service and courtesy. The place is lovely, great location, and had everything we needed, but it is because of the young people at the desk as well as those who facilitated daily breakfast who made such a positive impression that we would recommend the Mark Spencer for anyone visiting Portland and we'll definitely return in the future.

Sincerely,

Claudia Viloria

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

We looked for a hotel in the heart of Portland and were not disappointed. Our room was small, but adequate, clean and the service was very good. We even had a small breakfast provided free of charge in the morning.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Mark Spencer Hotel

Address: 409 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205-2603
Location: United States > Oregon > Portland > Downtown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Family Hotel in Portland
#22 Romantic Hotel in Portland
#25 Business Hotel in Portland
Price Range: $134 - $342 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mark Spencer Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 101
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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