The four-pearl Embassy Suites Portland - Downtown has an old-Portland atmosphere and upscale but laid-back vibe that combine to distinguish it from a standard Embassy Suite property. Formerly the historic Multnomah hotel, where Elvis stayed in 1957 and John F. Kennedy campaigned in 1960, the hotel has retained much of its original palatial architecture. The 276 rooms, including one- and two-bedroom suites, have been renovated, and some have conference tables and loft bedrooms. All come with 42-inch flat-screen HDTVs, microwaves, and mini-fridges. The hotel has a restaurant, which serves a free hot breakfast to guests, a business center and meeting spaces, a heated indoor free-form pool with whirlpool, a fitness center, and a game room. It also hosts a free evening cocktail reception. The downtown location is convenient to public transportation and several shops and eating places, but the immediate surroundings can feel a bit dicey, especially at night. Travelers might want to compare rates with the nearby Hotel Monaco, which is on a slightly less rowdy strip of downtown.