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Ideally, I'd like a bit of news from home, but not so much that I can feel the press of how much is there to 'catch up' upon return. Ideally, I'd like a bit of local news, too. But if it really comes down to it, news is one of the first things to go, in favor of other aspects of the travel experience.
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Then yesterday I boarded the greyhound to get me up to Portland. Worst trip EVER. So very uncomfortable. blš. But I'm here now! I've already tried one of the foodcarts this town is so famous for and now I'm going to look into another touristy thing- the mcmenamins http://www.mcmenamins.com/ .
I'll have wifi one this leg of the trip so hopefully I'll be able to blog more frequently!
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPark Lane Suites & Inn Portland
Room was clean, beds comfortable, and beautiful view of city and Mt Hood. My only major complaint was the noise from the occupant above us (sounded like a herd of elephants stomping around). No alarm clock in the room but not a big deal since I have an alarm on my phone. Hotel clerk very nice and welcoming. Hotel was located near plenty of transportation, restaurants, etc. All in all a pleasant stay and would return again.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Park Lane Suites & Inn Portland
Pluses and Minuses
Pluses include - Value: kitchenette, living area and separate bedroom for less than many hotels. Location: Nob Hill area, walking to many shops and restaurants.
Minuses include - Parking: We stayed 5 nights, once we parked near the room, 3 times in overflow parking across the street and one night when the lots were full, several blocks away on the street. The signs for when it was OK to park were confusing and the desk person was no help. Noise: Our room was on the ground floor right next to the utility room where they did laundry until 11 at night. Twice they told us it wouldn't happen again but they kept doing it. Safety: being on the first floor with an alley out the back window and exterior motel style entrances didn't feel real safe. Air conditioning: only in the living room so person sleeping on the pull out sofa would freeze while those in the bedroom sweated. Bathroom was through the bedroom, reducing the privacy from having 2 rooms.
I might stay there again if I could be on the second or third floor away from the utility room.
The best place to stay in Portland!
Growing up in Portland and being familiar with the big name chains, I was thrilled to find this hidden away hotel, off the beaten path but in one of my favorite areas of Portland. First, making my reservation over the phone was easy, pleasant, and included a AAA discount on an already great price. When arriving at the hotel, I was slightly taken aback by the appearance which seems on the older side, with rooms with doors opening to the outside and cinder block halls. However, as soon as I checked in, saw the fresh fruit and hot tea waiting, as well as the extremely helpful desk staff, I never thought of it again. The room was spacious, clean, and had everything I needed. I would recommend the 5th floor with better views of the city, and also upgrading to one of the nicer suites (although I never saw the other rooms which may have been just as nice). This area is a terrific section of Portland with lots of restaurants, shopping, and easy access to the city attractions. A great value overall!
Great hotel, location and price
I'm a frequent visitor to the Portland area, and have had good experiences at the Heathman and the Mallory. This was my first visit to the Park Lane Inn and Suites, and I will return.
The convenience of free, self-parking in the busy Nob Hill neighborhood can't be minimized. I enjoyed the freedom of leaving my car and walking to the great shops and restaurants.
My one bedroom suite was spotless and comfortable. The well-equipped kitchenette helped me balance my Nob Hill dining budget. The bathroom, though small, was pristine, with good water pressure and no problems.
As a business traveler averaging 6 nights a month on the road, I found the Park Lane to be one of the best managed facilities I've ever stayed at. The manager was attentive without being intrusive, and all requests were cheerfully met.
I read one negative review about the hotel on this site, and it made me wonder if the writer ever thought to ask for help resolving the issue.
Treat yourself, and stay at this lovely gem of a hotel.
At first, we thought it would be great
It turned out to be such a disappointment. So you get a one bedroom - but, there is only an air conditioner in the living room. So, you have to keep the door in the bedroom open. But, there are no light blocking shades on the widows in the living room, so it lights up at sunrise. The place was not cleaned well (food in the kitchen from previous guests). Could that small bed be a queen? I think it was a full. TINY bathroom - and noisy as all hell from the other rooms/guests. Oh, did I mention the parking lot is always full??
Park Lane is an excellent place for one night or extended stay. I stayed for 4 nights and was very pleased with the location to downtown, Nob Hill, Pearl districts. The staff is very nice and easily helped me with all questions --- even calling restaurants to make reservations for me.
The rooms are spacious and clean with basic but nice decor. My room was cleaned daily. I had a great internet rate directly from the hotel so definetelycheck out their website first.
I will absolutely stay at the Park Lane again.
A unique find in a great location
Stayed at the Park Lane for 2 nights in May 2005 and will definitely stay again on a future trip to Portland. Don't be fooled by the cheap-looking exterior; this is a pleasant place to stay at budget prices. It's neither a standard chain lodging nor a luxury boutique hotel. What the Park Lane offers are comfortable (not ritzy) suites in a great location and warm hospitality. Highly recommended if you neither want nor expect a Hilton or Hyatt type of experience.
LOCATION: The Park Lane is located in Nob Hill, a trendy neighborhood with lots of restaurants, shops, cafes, etc. close by. Also just a few blocks from beautiful Washington Park, where the famous Rose Gardens and Japanese Garden are. The hotel is about a mile or so from the riverfront, so if you want to be right near the water, this is not the place. However, it's an easy walk to the waterfront, and there's also a MAX light-rail station 4 blocks from the hotel. The free parking is another big plus.
ROOMS: I had a queen (1-BR) suite, as did a friend who was traveling with me. These are not luxury or fancy suites, but they are well-kept and comfortable for extended stays. The decor won't knock your socks off and the kitchens seem to date to the 1970s or '80s, but they are fully equipped with pots, pans, dishes, glasses, flatware, etc., and everything worked fine.
The bathroom was rather small but adequate and clean. There was no blow dryer in my bathroom, but they're probably available upon request. Nice botanical amenities.
Probably because the Park Lane caters to extended-stay travelers (and perhaps for environmental reasons as well), the daily housekeeping is limited -- e.g., towels are not changed daily unless you ask; bathroom amenities are not replenished daily. I am sure, however, that the hotel will fulfill guests' special requests on this front.
GENERAL: The staff were all pleasant, welcoming and helpful. The lobby is particularly inviting. The small lobby is designed like a library, complete with built-in bookshelves -- comfortable and inviting for lounging. This is also where free continental breakfast is served daily -- bagels, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, juice, hot chocolate, cider, etc. All of these items except the bagels continue to be available at the lobby bar all day long for snacking. Likewise, cookies are offered all day at the front desk.
The Park Lane has recently installed high-speed internet access. My friend and I were both very pleased with the hotel and will return.
Great Bang for the Buck!
As a previous resident of Portland, I returned for a few days to explore what developments have been made in my 7 year absence. For the great rate that I found on Orbitz, you just can't beat the deal! I will definitely be back! The hotel was in a great location that allowed me easy access to the city, either via the supurb public transportation system or by walking. The free off street parking was definately a selling point since parking can be a bit of a nusance and an expense! The hotel was clean and seemed to have been remodled recently, so things were fresh looking. My queen suite had lots of the basic amenities provided, excluding a hair dryer and robes. I found the kitchenette quite handy since I was there for several days. It included a fridge, a 2 burner stove, a microwave, and even a small dishwasher! They also provided dishes, utensils, a pot and a pan, and a coffee maker with coffee and tea. Note: They must also accept pets since I saw a guest with two pocket puppies?
The food in Portland is still fantastic! Try out the Park Kitchen (422 NW 8th) and Ciao Vito (2203 NE Alberta). Both of these restaurants are owned/Chef by former coworkers of mine from Higgins Restaurant (one of Portland's best restaurants - also a REAL TREAT!) ENJOY!
Great place to stay
My husband had a job interview in Portland, and we have an infant. I wanted a hotel that would be comfortable for us to spend time in while the baby naps and does other baby things. This hotel was perfect. The price was great, and included parking, which most downtown hotels do not based on some calls I made. The room had a living room, kitchen(with pots, pans, and dishes) and bedroom. It was perfect because while the baby napped, I could be in a seperate room and not disturb him. The staff was so helpful and friendly and it seems like the manager makes a point to talk to you an be sure you are having a pleasant stay. The location is wonderful, it is on a side street so it is quiet. But it is just a short walk to NW 21st and 23rd as well as the grocery store and drugstore. If you dont mind walking, you can go all over downtown, I did with the baby in the stroller. What else can I say, it was clean, very comfortable, safe and nicely decorated. If you are looking for a nice, comfortable place to stay without spending too much money, this is the place. I recommend it to all my friends and would stay there again.
This Place is Great
I have traveled to Portland for years and I think that I have tried every hotel either in the City or in the Suburbs. My current job has me in Portland 2 or 3 nights per week. Because Park Lane Suites is tucked away on a side street, I never knew it was there. I know Portland very well and I really like the Nob Hill area (NW 23rd and NW 21st Streets). This is a really cool part of town with trendy shops and tons of great restaurants, sidewalk coffee houses and friendly pubs. When I learned that I would be spending a lot of time in Portland, I decided to try to find a place in or near the Nob Hill area. When I stumbled onto Park Lanes website, I still was not completly sure I would like it. After i tried it, I knew this was going to be my place to stay. I have been staying there a few days a week almost for a year now and I really love the place. All rooms include a kitchen with a full refrigerator etc, which is convenient. There is a nicely decorated living room with a TV, desk, and a sofa bed and also a bedroom with another TV (there are also some two bedroom suites). The rates are very reasonable, free parking (which is a plus for a downtown hotel).
The very best thing about the hotel is the location, just a short walk from the coolest part of town. I travel as a part of my job and consider myself to be a hotel snob. With that being said, I do not have an endless budget so Park Lane is a great choice for me. Trust me, whether you are in town on business or liesure, this hotel makes a great home base for a visit to Portland.
We liked the place
The AAA book gave it 3 diamonds, and the website made it look kind of trendy, so we tried it. It's more cozy than trendy, but we were very happy with it. The price was very reasonable for the 2 bedroom suite we got. The room was very clean, and the staff was all very nice. We were expecting visitors the evening we stayed, and the livingroom was nice. It kept us from waking up the kids while we visited. And with 2 bedrooms, they got their own room without us having to rent 2 rooms. The kitchen was small, but quite nice, and complete with stove, fridge, dishwasher and dishes. The hotel is close to downtown, and also to the zoo, the Japanese Gardens and several other attractions in the Washington Park area. It is also close to the trendy Nob Hill area. We would definitely stay there again.