A different experience! Stayed there at my daughter's suggestion - she lives in Portland. A bit taken aback by reception area - certainly different than the lobby of (chain) hotels I usely stay at for business travel! Checked in anyway. Got one of their larger room - plenty of space indeed: its own considerable bathroom (I gathered some rooms have shared facilities - wow!); large sitting room; place for a wine cooler; a long working table; separate lavabo (could not find the safe though - was there one?)! Very modern amenities - iPod player, flat TV screen, wireless access (of course) and, in addition, a turntable! That is unique (the turntable), although the selection of vinyls, when it came to classic music, was very limited - in my room at least.
(I have reviewed the more extensively on my own blog.)
You got to get used to the kaki and grey colors - it has at time a feel of army surplus amenities. But very much in keeping with the "frontier" atmosphere and the "keep Portland weird" leitmotiv (unofficial, I am sure!) of the city.
Plus the location - right in old Portland, a block or two away from Powell's... And good coffee and breakfast places all around...
Good fun. Not cheap. Will be trying the NYC version of the ACE Hotel next month...
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