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Crowne Plaza Portland-Downtown Convention Center 3.5

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Pros

  • Located within a 10-minute walk of Oregon Convention Center and Moda Center
  • Free shuttles to the airport and within a three-mile radius 
  • Comfortable rooms equipped with mini-fridges, microwaves, and Keurig coffeemakers
  • Boxwood Cafe is the casual restaurant/bar that serves American classics
  • Self-serve Starbucks station with snacks in the lobby
  • Pantry that sells sundries, snacks, soft drinks, and souvenirs 
  • Indoor pool and whirlpool 
  • Well-equipped fitness center with free weights and several cardio machines
  • Meeting space for 630 people and a 24/7 business center
  • Valet and self-parking is available on site (for a fee)
  • Free loaner bicycles and free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Breakfast not included in standard room rates
  • Rooms are a bit bland and dark
  • Parking rates are expensive for a hotel outside of downtown
  • The indoor pool is on the small side

Bottom Line

The Crowne Plaza Portland-Downtown Convention Center is a busy upper-middle-range business hotel in the Lloyd District, within a 10-minute walk of the Oregon Convention Center and Moda Center. It has lots of attractive features including free shuttles to the airport and downtown, which is across the Willamette River, but there’s not much of note in the immediate area. Other highlights include lots of meeting space, an indoor pool, nice fitness center, a laundry room, Starbucks coffee station, and full-service restaurant: Boxwood Cafe. Parking is available, but expensive, and breakfast isn't included in rates. Traditionally-decorated (but slightly bland) rooms are clean and nicely equipped with Keurig coffeemakers, mini-fridges, and microwaves. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland is a similar alternative that's also within walking distance to the convention center, and has two restaurants. 

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Scene

A busy, traditional chain business hotel

This chain hotel stays busy with mostly business travelers during the week and leisure guests attending weekend events at the nearby Moda Center or the Oregon Convention Center. The decor is traditional and a bit dark, with low ceilings and a formal living room area in one section of the spacious lobby. Another living room-like area has a sofa and armchair facing a gas fireplace framed by a flat-screen TV and dark wood shelves. Even the adjacent Boxwood Cafe has a traditional feel, with oak wood paneling and an L-shaped bar sitting on a raised platform. The overall ambience is rather quiet and reserved.

Location

In the Lloyd District, within walking distance to the Moda Center and Oregon Convention Center

The Crowne Plaza is located in the shadow of Interstate 5, across the Willamette River from downtown Portland in the Lloyd District. There are several fast food restaurants (including a Starbucks) within a five-minute walk. Several major attractions are within walking distance, including the Moda Center (nine minutes), Oregon Convention Center and its MAX Station (10 minutes), and the Lloyd Center (12 minutes). The Lloyd Center a large urban mall with several department stores, fast fashion retail shops, and restaurants. The hotel operates a free shuttle service that will take guests to these venues as well as downtown, including Union Station, which is five minutes by car or shuttle. Portland International Airport is a 20-minute drive or hotel shuttle ride. 

Rooms

Clean but bland, with Keurig coffeemakers, microwaves, and mini-fridges 

Similar to the hotel’s public spaces, the clean and comfortable guest rooms are decorated in a traditional style that’s a bit dark and bland. The walls are covered with soft gold wallpaper and the beds have bright white covers and copper bed skirts. The patterned carpet is mostly sage, and the matching wood furniture and headboards have an espresso finish. They are comfortably sized, with even Standard Double Queens having ample space for upholstered armchairs and desks with office chairs. Executive Kings include sleeper sofas and add robes to their amenities. Standard amenities in all rooms include Keurig coffeemakers, free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, microwaves, flat-screen TVs, and safes. A free sleep kit includes ear plugs, eye masks, lavender sprays, and drape clips. Bathrooms are a tad small but not cramped. They come with black granite vanities and nice travertine tile on the floors and walls around the shower/tub combos. Magnifying mirrors and Templespa toiletries also are provided. Some rooms have lovely views of the Willamette River and surrounding hills. 

Features

Free airport and area shuttles, restaurant/bar, Starbucks station, indoor pool, and free Wi-Fi

This full-service business hotel has a nice lineup of amenities, including free shuttles to the airport and within a three-mile radius which includes the convention center and downtown attractions. The 24/7 business center has three computers, and the inventory of meeting space can host up to 630 people. Wi-Fi is free.  The Boxwood Cafe has a full bar and serves American classics for breakfast (not included in room rates), lunch, and dinner. It also has outdoor seating on a lovely patio surrounded by trees. The self-serve Starbucks station provides on demand coffee, and the pantry provides sundries, souvenirs, soft drinks, and snacks. The indoor saltwater pool is on the small side, but the pool area also has a whirlpool. The fitness center is nicely equipped with several pieces of Precor cardio machines as well as free weights. For guests who prefer exercising outdoors, the hotel has a fleet of vintage-style bicycles it provides free of charge. The guest laundry room has three coin-operated washer/dryer sets, and valet dry cleaning and laundry services are available. Valet and self-parking are available, but both are a bit expensive for a hotel not located in downtown. 

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1441 NE 2nd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97232-1131, United States

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