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The Compound crew- ONE
Yes.. we made it over the damn mountains.
We woke up at 6:30..well Doug and I woke up at 6:30.. Flick and Rob.. that's another story. We spent the next 2 and a half hours packing up our hotel room that looked like we'd been squatting there for months and hd everything from a tent hanging …
... and very good. Then back here to sort and repack my messy boxes and suitcases. I have lots of food I brought-you never know what you might need. Jody called to make sure all was well~~~it is.
May 30th-Friday—A nice blue day—I was up early but didn’t head to the store till early afternoon, and then I walked the wrong way and made a longer walk out of it-but that was ok—I will get oriented ...
Travel day one: In bed at 1130, up at 5. We have a short hop to Portland, then onto Tokyo, & the final leg gets us to Bangkok some 22 hours later. This is going to be a long day. We got to the airport two and a half hours early, got breakfast & coffees, & sat down at the gate to wait for the plane. I glanced up at ...
We left Seattle on time and in rain and it rained all day through WA and OR so we really did not see much of the scenery. The train ran on time up until dinner when we were stopped for a long wait.
When traveling by long distance train you need to be on "vacation time"! I must say we have met some very nice folks in the Parlour car and at lunch and dinner. If you have not been on a ...
... signs when I initally walked in... I looked around and everyone had gone... no sign of the homeless crew that had been all scattered around the parklands or anything. Looks like they know when and where to go on nights! I need to learn
So anyway... to wrap up this long written segment... I looked for another location to sleep, and found a carpark with a tree that provided quite a bit of cover... I soon very asleep. At about 6 am I was hastily awoken by a Racoon!!!! ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Fifty Portland
I do not understand the prior negative reviews of this hotel. I have stayed here twice and have not had any problems. The hotel is easy to find in a terrific location right downtown on the waterfront. The rooms are very attractive with large decorative pillows and comforters on the beds. I didn't receive the complimentary snacks mentioned by the other reviewers, but there was a bottle of water on the desk. Nice carpets and furniture and everything appeared to be well taken care of. Great rates. Pleasant and attractive restaurant and public areas. The air conditioning was easily controlled in my room and kept me very cool even though the high temperatures outside during my stay were near 90 degrees. The only downside to this hotel is that the rooms are not very soundproof, particularly from street noise and the light rail train that goes by outside every few minutes. Otherwise, I felt the room was compararable to the other downtown hotels such as the Hilton, Marriott and Paramount.
The room was spacious and clean. No problems with the bed or bathroom. Air conditioning was totally controllable and room was easily cooled.
My husband and I stayed here over Easter - the people who work here are friendly and helpful. The problems were manageable because the weather was good - i.e., there was no obvious air thing that you usually find near the window and there were no screens on the windows, but we had them open because the weather was great and there are also no bugs! Around 2 am we were awakened by a terrible screechy noise - I called the front desk and said "Listen to this!!" The guy said "What is THAT???" I said - basically, that's why I am calling. Turns out, there WAS an air thing, barely reachable, up on the wall, and if I turned the knob, the noise stopped. We had a room overlooking the dumpsters, which was too bad because the river is so close and really beautiful - just some bad luck there. Otherwise things were fine!
I don't understand some of the fiercely negative reviews here. If you the standard 99 dollar rate, I think you've got a great value. No its not luxury, but the housekeeping is impeccable, the rooms are bright with pleasant decor, the common areas are attractive. The service is very accomodating. The location is great. Then there are the extra perks. A fine breakfast buffet in a very pleasant setting, complimentary snacks and bottled water and free high speed internet access.
The good-- complimentary snacks (chips and candy) and bottled water, replenished daily according to a little sign on the desk. The location was very good for us also-- close to friends and on the MAX line. The desk guy was very helpful when we asked about area eateries.
Enjoyed our stay at the Four Points
We actually lucked out and had no problems finding the hotel, although Mapquest hadn't given us the correct information so we relied on a city map.We got an excellent deal that included a fine breakfast and really enjoyed the location. It was within easy walking distance of the places we wanted to see. We had a river view room which might have been noisy had we opened the windows. But we were glad to be able to look out over the Williamette.Staff was friendly and polite and the room was clean and attractive. We would definitely stay there again.
First off, I can't say that anyone else has lied to you: The hotel IS very difficult to find initially, the walls ARE thin enough that you can hear most of the activity in the hall, and the heat/AC CANNOT be controlled adequately from your room. There... that being said, we stayed here in April 2003. The room was too warm, which the staff said couldn't be corrected, so we cracked open the sliding glass door to our balcony and enjoyed the lovely April breeze. Call for directions from the staff. Once you get there the first time, its not hard finding it again later. In regards to the noise, ask for a room at the end of the hall so you won't hear footsteps all night. You're probably wondering how I could recommend this hotel. Well, you need to book your room through the Portland Visitors Bureau and ask for "THE BIG DEAL". For $69 per night, we got a double room, two breakfast buffets at the hotel's beautiful restaurant, and free parking at a hotel with an EXCELLENT location! Without the special deal, all this would have cost $130 and up. For this kind of deal, I can live with some of the aforementioned annoyances (as long as there is a cool breeze outside to make up for lack of AC).
First the good parts. The location is good and the rooms looked nice.
Now for the bad. The directions on the Web site are wrong, so we spent about 90 minutes stuck in rush hour traffic after missing our mislabeled exit. Then the tub in the room was dirty and the air conditioning didn't work well enough to allow us to spend the night.
The staff was nice and understood the dilemma, but I would not recommend staying here until they get it fixed or until the weather cools down.
My husband and I just stayed here this past week-August 10th through the 15th. From the outside it looks like an older hotel, but didn't realize that the inside would be like that too. It was just remodeled two years ago, but I wonder who thier decorator was. Our room never got below 80. I complained at the desk, and they said a maintance person would check out the problem. Well it was never checked, and then we were told that it probably wouldn't get cooler in the room and we couldn't adjust the tempature. They told us the air was on a central system that controlled the whole hotel. Then they offfered us another room, but with no promise that it would be any cooler. They told us that when the sun went down the room would be cooler. It never was. I finally was offered a fan, which was only a little table top fan that did not circulate the air in the room. It did help at night though, when I had it blowing on top of me. They said because Portland isn't use to getting this type of weather,(warm and humid), the air conditoner can not keep up with it. I feel no matter what kind of weather you get, you should have an updated aircondtioning system. It was cooler in the lobby then it ever was in our room. The desk personal were very helpful in giving us directions, suggestions on where to eat, and how to use the Max.
From the moment we drove up to the hotel we were disappointed. This hotel is comparable to a Motel 6-type hotel. There was almost no lobby, only one elevator worked (and the other barely worked), the wallpaper in the hallways was torn, the restaurant and bar were empty every time we passed them, and the rooms were just not good. The rooms were very small and very worn/damaged. There were stains on the chair and the carpet was on its last leg (and tattered by the door). We had a "view" of the "courtyard," which we were told was a garden -- it was an ugly concrete wall and the parking lot -- not even one plant. We were unable to move our room, because the hotel was totally booked. We were also told that our "courtyard" room would be very quiet -- which it was not.