Five or six kids' hockey teams stayed here over the thanksgiving long weekend, and had a terrific weekend!
I do feel sorry for the non-family travelers, because the 70 or so kids were NOISY, every when they were trying to be quiet. They excitedly ran up and down the hallways to find their friends, took over the pool for hours at a time, and were up far past their regular bedtimes (not quietly). The parents did their best to calm them down but it's hard to keep a lid on a bunch of 7 and 8 year old boys (and a few girls).
Hotel staff was great - set up a separate room for the kids to play 'mini stick' hockey to avoid taking over the hallways, had an extra room set up for overflow seating at breakfast, and kept the pool well stocked with towels.
Pool was a huge hit, breakfast was great, and we were two blocks from the hockey rink and the old spaghetti factory. Tons of other restaurant options in the local area within a few blocks (so, walkable). But, it is definitely suburbia - you have to drive everywhere beyond those few blocks, and you are ten miles from downtown Portland.
Rooms were 3.5+ stars; not brand new, but clean. The sofa bed was pretty uncomfortable but the kids slept in it, so we didn't mind. Breakfast options - besides the terrible coffee and tea - were terrific; kids were full for hours. Waffle-maker, eggs, sausages, oatmeal, juice, muffins, toast, yogurt, cereal, fruit. Never ran out. Wish they could do something about all the waste that is generated from the disposable dishes, though.
Overall, good value and lots of fun for the kids.
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