McMenamins Crystal Hotel

McMenamins Crystal Hotel

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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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Located just across the street from the legendary Crystal Ballroom, the Crystal Hotel has 51 comfortable guestrooms, each inspired by a song or performance from the Crystal Ballroom's past 100 years. Colorfully painted panels and headboards anchor the rooms, while deeply-hued walls, black velvet drapery and animal print upholstery lend a rock ‘n’ roll vibe. Large windows afford views of the city from all angles. Room rates include admission to the soaking pool and the opportunity to purchase tickets to the Crystal Ballroom show. With the inclusion of the Zeus Café and free live music at Al’s Den, this downtown hotel combines dining, relaxation and rock and roll history in the heart of the city.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Indoor pool
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Billiards
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Baggage storage
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Heated pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Wine / champagne
Evening entertainment
Concierge
Gift shop
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quirky Hotels
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

303 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205-2302
Getting there
Great for walkers
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CZMFan wrote a review Jan 2020
San Francisco, California19 contributions33 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Crystal Hotel over the Holidays. I hadn't visited Portland in years and so we decided to stay right downtown and check it out. The hotel is very well located and we were able to easily walk to a lot of great restaurants and of course, Stumptown Coffee.

Having stayed at Edgefield, I really liked all the art and posters on the walls. Ringler's Annex was awesome and the cave like bar in the basement was really neat. The saltwater pool was nice although several times drunken people with street clothes were hanging out on the benches in there making lots of noise.

The room we had was okay-it was noisy (even with earplugs) as well as cold and drafty. It seems like the trash dumpsters were getting emptied early every morning. Portland is notoriously miserable during the winter, so having a warmer room would have been better. The bed was not comfortable, but they aren't comfortable at Edgefield, either. We splurged on a room with a private bath. The bathroom was average but had very little counter space.

I get that the way the building is constructed didn't allow for a full size elevator, but the elevator is really small. It was easier just to take the stairs unless luggage was being lugged.

The staff were friendly and responsive. The hotel reminded me of one of those SF victorians-full of charm but kind of a pain to deal with.

We wouldn't stay here again but would return to Ringler's annex.
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Date of stay: December 2019
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Jack G, General Manager at McMenamins Crystal Hotel
Responded 17 Feb 2021
Hello, Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. Sounds like there was some areas where your experience was lacking but it always helps to hear from guests how we can improve. We hope you'll continue to enjoy the many other McMenamins locations and we appreciate you giving us a try! Best, Jack, Hotel Manager
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Claudia S wrote a review Feb 2020
17 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I love this hotel because I love quirky and fun. The rooms are swanky and artful. But don't expect a tv with a thousand channels. You are in the heart of Portland, your room sits above a music venue and is next to a concert venue....go out and PARTY! Enjoy crazy Portland! In the morning if you have a mild hang over, pour some coffee and go to the soaking pool in the basement...you will be glad you did.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Jack G, General Manager at McMenamins Crystal Hotel
Responded 17 Feb 2021
Hello Claudia, Looks like you've got the right idea of what we offer here at the Crystal Hotel. We've got the suitable remedies to both cause and cure a good hangover. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the hotel and hope to see you back soon! Best, Jack, Hotel Manager
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krisr0berts1 wrote a review Aug 2022
Calgary, Canada1 contribution1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Lots of character, small rooms and shared bathrooms though. The location was pretty good lots of places to walk to. The staff was kind enough to help us find parking and the guy who was working the evening we arrived was really helpful. Now the not so great… in the morning we were getting ready to check out and I discovered a capsule just under the foot of the bed, the capsule contained a off white powered. This is concerning because clearly the cleaning was not the greatest that this was missed, secondly when I brought it to the attention of the front desk the guy did really seem to care. So all in all night shift guy was great, morning guy not so good, cleaning not great either. Kind of disappointing way to end the stay
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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bizbreak wrote a review Aug 2021
Eugene, Oregon20 contributions7 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Location is great, staff is friendly and tries hard. This is what I can say that’s good. Rooms are like a cross between your Grandma’s house and a bordello. Hipster “quirkiness” = Dark, old, musty. Do NOT expect to read anything in your room or watch TV ‘cuz there ain’t one. Bed was hard as a rock (tiny pillows, too), no counter space in bathroom (and that’s if you have your own; be aware that most are shared). One tiny bar of soap provided - had to move it back and forth between sink and shower - along with shampoo and conditioner. Sketchy elevator, very narrow hallways, quite a bit of noise between rooms, no dedicated parking (find your own on street or at nearby garage). All this would be fine if it was cheap…but it was not: $295 for a night of no sleep. Hotel was sold out, so clearly it has a niche, but give me light, quiet, a decent bed and two bars of soap any day. At least the location was good…
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: No available parking Bring your own soap Bring your own pillow Bring your own reading lamp Bring...
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shelleshelleshe wrote a review Aug 2022
Seattle, Washington14 contributions6 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The location was great. That and the Zeus Cafe are by far the best parts of the stay. The queen sized room is uncomfortably small, dark, awkward and the majority of the rooms have NO PRIVATE BATHROOM.

Not only that but the public bathrooms also have no fans in them (or at least the ones on the floor I stayed at didn't). Which means if someone else on your floor just took a giant dump and now you need to shower -- you're showering in that poop smell. This sad event happened to me. There is a window in the bathroom I showered in that I tried to open but you have to be at least 6 foot 5 in order to reach it and sadly I am not that tall to even try to reach the window.

If you're someone that's going to this hotel solely because you enjoy the historic atmosphere and love McMenamin's food then this is an absolute fine hotel. If you're like me and were hoping for like a hotel that's up to standards of the 21st century then this is a disaster. The only reason I booked at this location was because I was here with friends. I think it's a little ridiculous to be charging as much as they do for rooms with way less amenities than the average hotel. For what I paid I could have stayed at the Mark Spencer down the street and had a way more pleasant time with no poop smell shower. If I had only known ahead of time what the terrors of a shared toilet would mean I would have done such. So I'm writing this review to help others avoid my mistake.

The staff is nice but a little awkward. I had paid extra for the romance package and the person behind the desk declared "oh the ROMANCE package?" (which was 1, supposed to be a surprise to my partner and 2, did not need to be loudly declared to everyone in the check-in area) with a particular attitude behind the words that left both my partner and I feeling uncomfortable. It felt like a judgement on us even though I know it was not intended as such.

The air conditioning worked great though which I appreciated in this heatwave.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Don't get a queen room if you want your own bathroom. Or stay somewhere else.
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Edward G wrote a review Nov 2021
New York City, New York238 contributions26 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Crystal Hotel put us in the downtown scene. The staff was always helpful and the room was spacious and very funky. Downstairs, Al's Den has a speakeasy feel, serving McMenamins' signature brews (the Ramblin' Amber Rye was my favorite), wines and ciders. We had the Tiki themed soaking pool to ourselves and could relax in the warm water as long as we wanted.
The neighborhood was a hub of quirky fun, and it was not far from the art and history museums or numerous local food trucks. Zeus' Cafe has a simple menu packed with creative locally-sourced selections like the truffle tatter tots with black garlic aioli and pecorino romano.
We could have used some more light in our room, especially late night and pre-dawn, but overall we loved staying in a historic hotel that has been so loved by it's owners.
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Some rooms have shared baths. Get a room with it's own bath.
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Dave wrote a review Feb 2020
Fairfax, Virginia23 contributions24 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved the funky vibe of this hotel in the center of town and within walking distance of all the places you would want to visit while in Portland. This is not a typical hotel, and that should be accepted up front. In exchange for the cookie-cutter comforts of typical hotels (on site parking for example), this quirky hotel offers an experience. We loved our corner room overlooking Jake's Famous Crawfish (not to be missed!) and the Avett Brothers decor. The in-house bars, restaurants, saltwater soaking pool, and live music made our visit to Portland so much more enjoyable. Indeed, we booked another of the McMenamins locations for our later return to Portland. Don't pass up this experience!
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Date of stay: March 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Jack G, General Manager at McMenamins Crystal Hotel
Responded 17 Feb 2021
Hey! Thanks for the rockin' review. We are indeed a far cry from a cookie cutter hotel and that's what helps make this place special. We're glad to hear you enjoyed all there is to do both in the hotel and in the neighborhood the building's been situated in for over 100 years. Thanks for being apart of the history and we hope you'll visit again soon! Best, Jack, Hotel Manager
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HouseboatGirl wrote a review Jul 2023
Seattle, Washington6 contributions22 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
THE GOOD: As others have mentioned, the primary reason to stay here would be if you were planning to catch a show in the Crytal Ballroom. Location seems lively as well.

THE NOT SO GOOD: The hotel is old, smells like a mix of wood stove/urine/weed, has loud music that you can hear up to the top floor, tiny rooms, and mostly shared bathrooms. Also, the hot tub is in the basement and feels a bit clausterphobic, especially when joined by others.

This doesn't mean that this hotel wouldn't be enjoyed by those who know all of this going in. Myself, I had no choice since I had to stay with the rest of my group who had already booked it. For hostel conditions, I would have expected hostel prices.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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CathyEC wrote a review Feb 2023
Ashland, Oregon54 contributions57 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This can be a destintion location. Find a concert at the Crystal Ballroom that you'd like & make a weekend of it by staying at Crystal Hotel. The Zues Cafe has one of the better menus that I've seen at McMennamin locations.We got the breakfast package which is a great deal. We had the Zues Benedicts... delicious! Many cool bars & venues to explore!
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Date of stay: February 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Check out the soaking pool!
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Galela D wrote a review Nov 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed for the Dope Lemon concert and the staff was amazing and upgraded our room w bathroom and scored a discount for going to show at Crystal ballroom! Our room looked out to the bustling city streets where you can people watch from your table. This hotel is great for those who love historical. The rooms are all decorated with a different theme, making it extra fun. Make sure to stop off in Al’s den to grab an espresso martini on way to basement to soak in the picture perfect soak pool. Highly recommend Hal’s Diner for a delicious filling breakfast.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Do not recommend off street parking. Outdoor dining at Hal’s. Comedy shows on weekends in Al’s...
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Answer from Dametris
Portland, Oregon1 contribution
Hello traveler from New Orleans, Thank you for your interest in our hotel, and our amazing soaking pool. We close the pool in the morning hours for cleaning, the second Tuesday of every month. The pools normal hours are from 8am til' 1am, and the pool will likely be open the night of your stay. Our facilities team is unmatched when it comes to the operation and use of the soaking pool. It's thousands of gallons of water, and heats to 100 degrees, which takes some time, but again, by the evening it should be available. It is never closed all day, unless some unforeseen issue occurs. I hope this was helpful. If you have further questions, please feel free to ask. Thank you, we'll see you soon!!
Answer from Dametris
Portland, Oregon1 contribution
Parking downtown depends solely on your driving usage. If you plan to use your car, the least expensive parking allows unlimited in and out parking for $25.00 per night, while park and walk can range between $11.00 and $16.00 for overnight parking in an underground parking garage, a block up the street from the hotel. Each of the parking locations are no more than two blocks away form the hotel. The hotel front desk can give more details upon check in...
Answer from Aileen N
California82 contributions38 helpful votes
Hi Dametris, I already called the front desk and they do have available king suites with private bathroom on the dates we are looking at.
Aileen N asked a question Aug 2016
California82 contributions38 helpful votes
Are there any bathroom for each rooms???
Answer from Dametris
Portland, Oregon1 contribution
Aileen N., triptaker, and Traveljun have answered just as I would have. Thank you for asking. Give the hotel a call directly to see if any of those King rooms with private bathrooms are available. They do sell pretty fast. We hope you'll stay!!
Answer from David B
Berlin, New Hampshire11 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed in a king room, but I do not recall whether they have claw foot bathtubs. I would call the front desk and ask.
Galela D wrote a tip Nov 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not recommend off street parking. Outdoor dining at Hal’s. Comedy shows on weekends in Al’s den. Close to everything."
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eddy-010 wrote a tip Jun 2023
Rotterdam, The Netherlands229 contributions141 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book early for a room with private bathroom"
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Laurel_loves_travel wrote a tip Apr 2023
Spokane, Washington119 contributions35 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Park at the garage down the street for only $20 for a whole day."
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CathyEC wrote a tip Feb 2023
Ashland, Oregon54 contributions57 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check out the soaking pool!"
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shelleshelleshe wrote a tip Aug 2022
Seattle, Washington14 contributions6 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't get a queen room if you want your own bathroom. Or stay somewhere else."
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
51
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Frequently Asked Questions about McMenamins Crystal Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to McMenamins Crystal Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Powell's City of Books (0.2 km), Pearl District (0.4 km), and Living Room Theater (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at McMenamins Crystal Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at McMenamins Crystal Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at McMenamins Crystal Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking nearby and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to McMenamins Crystal Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mediterranean Exploration Company, Mucca Osteria, and Andina.
Are there opportunities to exercise at McMenamins Crystal Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool during their stay.
Is McMenamins Crystal Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Portland.
Are pets allowed at McMenamins Crystal Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at McMenamins Crystal Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to McMenamins Crystal Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Portland Center Stage at The Armory (0.2 km), Old Church (0.9 km), and Japanese American Historical Plaza (1.1 km).
Is McMenamins Crystal Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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