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Embassy Suites Portland - Downtown 4.0

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Pros

  • Convenient downtown location that's close to public transportation
  • Historic building that has retained many original features
  • Hot cooked-to-order breakfast included in room rates
  • Rooms and suites have been renovated, and some include conference facilities
  • Huge wine and beer list along with steaks and seafood at the on-site Portland Prime restaurant
  • Frequent live jazz performances at Prime Bar
  • Free daily cocktail hour for all guests
  • Indoor freeform pool with wheelchair lift
  • Fitness center with modern cardio and weight-training equipment
  • Game room with pool table, air hockey, and arcade games
  • Meeting rooms, business center, and on-site notary services
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Area can feel a bit dicey, especially at night
  • No sauna

Bottom Line

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.

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Scene

Historic building with grand lobby, popular with business travelers and families

Housed in the former Multnomah Hotel building that dates to 1912 and was on the National Register of Historic Places, the Embassy Suites Portland - Downtown is elegant and charmingly old-fashioned, and stands apart from other hotels in the same chain. The lobby is notably grand and includes such historic touches as molded ceilings and marble columns. Clusters of velvet-upholstered chairs and couches form small seating areas, and help to break up the large open space. The hotel is busy with business travelers during the week, but sees more families and leisure travelers on weekends. 

Location

In downtown Portland, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and tourist attractions

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The Embassy Suites is located in downtown Portland, a couple of blocks from Voodoo Donuts (guests can be seen carrying its distinctive pink boxes) and the Waterfront Park, and a five-minute walk to Powell's Books and the Pearl District. The area is convenient for anyone who likes to get around on foot, though its proximity to homeless shelters, bars, and a few strip clubs can make the area feel a little dicey at night. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, food cart pods, and bars in the immediate area, and most of the city's major bus lines have stops within a five-block radius of the hotel. The airport is a 20-minute drive away (much longer during rush hour) and can also be reached on the MAX -- Portland's light-rail train -- in about 45 minutes. 

Rooms

Refurbished rooms and suites come with microwaves and mini-fridges, and some have conference tables

Despite the word "suites" in its name, the Embassy Suites Portland - Downtown offers regular studio-style rooms, along with its signature suites. The Guest Rooms -- the base category -- still come with microwaves, mini-fridges, king beds, and 42-inch flat-screen HDTVs. Regular and Executive Suites have two rooms with either a king bed or two queens, and the larger Loft Conference Suites come with king-size beds in the loft bedroom and conference/dining tables that can seat up to six people. Allergen-free and Accessible units are also available, and cribs can be arranged upon request.

Decor is consistent throughout the room and suite types, and all units have been updated to a uniform style, with gray patterned carpets, gray and charcoal upholstered furniture, and gray curtains. Off-white walls, white bedspreads, oak furniture, and reddish-orange accent cushions, chairs, and banquettes add warmth and balance out the overall look. Bathrooms have large vanities with big mirrors and Giovanni toiletries, and shower/tub combos. The bathrooms in some of the larger units are styled with elegant hunter green marble.

Features

Swimming pool, meeting facilities, and excellent bar and restaurant with children's menus 

The Embassy Suites Portland has on-site services for business and leisure travelers alike. Facilities for business travelers include meeting rooms with planning services and audiovisual equipment rental, free Wi-Fi, photocopying services, and even an on-site notary public. For families, the hotel offers children's menus and a game room with pool, arcade games, and air hockey. There's also a small fitness center on-site with modern treadmills, ellipticals, and free weights as well as an indoor freeform pool with a wheelchair lift.

All guests get a free cooked-to-order breakfast every morning at the Portland Prime restaurant. Choices include eggs, meats, and potatoes, along with pastries and cereal. There's also an evening cocktail reception held daily for all guests. For lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers a large selection of steaks, seafood, and pasta served alongside a larger-than-average selection of local microbrews and wines from the surrounding Willamette Valley. Room service is also available, and the hotel's Wine Cellar can be rented for private dining and special events. All the wines, beers, and cocktails served at Portland Prime are available at the restaurant's more casual Prime Bar, which also serves charcuterie and cheese along with a variety of other snacks. The bar has a piano, and jazz musicians are brought in to perform most nights. 

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319 SW Pine St, Portland, Oregon 97204-2725, United States

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