Marriott Portland City Center
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Historical Traveler Reviews Marriott Portland City Center
Clean and Convenient
I found this hotel to be a pleasant surprise in contrast to the Marriott Downtown. It has a perfect location to both Pioneer Square and the Pearl District. The Room was clean, the guest services were exceptional, and the staff were extremely helpful. It is a great value!
The Center of the Portland Universe
Location, Location, Location. this hotel is in the perfect spot. You can ride
the train from the airport for 1.65 and be a block away. Plenty of downtown activities, dinners, Powell's books about 4 blocks away, the Pearl, streetcar, and great indoor mall shopping at the Pioneer Square. This is the place to stay in Portland, and the rates are good as well. Before I get off my soapbox, if you are going to a downtown location in a big city, DON'T DRIVE. Public transportation is the best call, then you don't have to complain about valet. Parking downtown is expensive, don't bring your car.
Great staff. nice rooms, good heaters, check it out.
Great Place, I give it 4 stars
I was here for a conference in which I was the event organizer. Out of all the conferences I have done, this hotel takes the cake!!
Awesome service, great facilities, wonderful rooms. We were treated so very well. Also, it is in the middle of all the action in downtown Portland!
If we ever make it back to Portland for our national conference -- we will definately be staying here!
Watch The Valet service
Things haven't gotten better with the valet service since June (see previous review). Three hours after we had tipped the valet service to park and secure our car, I realized I had left a jacket in the backseat. As I was about to ask for the car, my husband noticed that it was parked up the street from the hotel. We walked up to the car, and it was completely UNLOCKED with my jacket and other items in plain view, available to anyone wanting the stuff. When I explained the situation to the valet person, he asked, "Uh, so you want me to park your car now?" I feel lucky I still have the jacket in my possession.
The hotel itself was a good value- beautiful room, lovely linens, and very quiet. It was convenient to Pioneer Square, Powells, The Pearl District ( a bit of a walk), and shops like Nordstrom. Typhoon, a wonderful Thai restaurant, is just a few steps away.
If I drive to the city center again, I won't be staying here again- unless they take care of the car valet service problem.
This was a very nice hotel, that gives you the level of service requested. For us, that was ver little, and the staff were not intrusive, but helpful when needed. Very quiet! We heard absolutely nothing all night! Well decorated, very clean. Only downside was vallet parking. 3 hours after unloading our car I found it unlocked at the curb about three doors up from the hotel and at that time there was no vallet staff present. While nothing of extreme value was in the car, it would have provided an industrious person some profit! This was remedied quickly after notifying the front desk.
Location can't be beat
We have stayed at this hotel several times. We have never had a bad visit. Although it is not as luxurious as my favorite Portland hotel (Heathman), we like it a lot and have always felt it to be a good value. The staff is friendly and helpful. The rooms are always very clean and quiet. This last weekend, we tried a room service dinner and were pleasantly surprised with how good the service and the dinner were. One of the best features of this hotel is the location. It is only two blocks from the streetcar, one block from Nordstrom and Pioneer Square and only a short walk to the famous Powells Bookstore.
When we stay at this hotel we leave our car with the valet and walk or take the streetcar everywhere.
Just okay, NOT a 4 Star hotel, maybe a 3
Stayed at the Marriott City Center November 22-24, 2003) and was disappointed with the hotel. This is not a luxurious hotel and definately not 4 star quality. The lobby and lounge were nice. The rooms were okay, not as nice as I had expected. The same sort of bathroom quality at a motel except upgraded fixtures, nothing special.
I requested a fridge at check in and they said they would bring it up later. Well, 3 days later no fridge. The gym was okay for a cardio workout, but the weight equipment needs to be updated, and half of the equipment didn't work properly. The jacuzzi was large and had powerful jets with very hot water. That was very nice. Otherwise, the hotel at best is very average. It is not a luxurious place to stay. The location was fabulous though, walking distance to most everything. Save yourself the hefty parking fee as you don't need a car in downtown as the Max light rail and trolley system along with the bus and your own two feet gets you everywhere very easily.
Definately 4 Stars.
I have stayed at numerous hotels in Portland, and I will put this one at the top of my list. It has a great location - near shopping, light rail and close to convention center. The staff is friendly and accomodating. This is the best value in Portland!
Wonderful Place to Stay
Great location in heart of downtown, elegant rooms, close to Pioneer Square MAX station. Surrounded by restaurants & entertainment. Almost mandantory valet parking is a ripoff as in most Marriotts but use it anyway (you won't like paying for parking anywhere downtown, especially with in & out), the deals you can get on rooms will cover it. Breakfast is overpriced but worth eating once for atmosphere. After once go elsewhere.
This place has an awesome location. There is so much to do around this hotel. And the hotel itself is great...just hanging out in the hotel is a treat.
TripAdvisor Reviews Marriott Portland City Center
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