Portland and Coast Hotel Report


May 29th, 2010, 06:30 AM
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Portland and Coast Hotel Report

My husband and I just returned from 11 nights in Oregon starting in Portland, made our way down the coast, and returned via the interior. Here’s a rundown of our hotel experiences. I’ve included a summary of our “bests” at the bottom.

Days 1 and 2-Doubletree Downtown Portland (Lloyd District)-right next to Holladay Park which was great for an early morning jog and walking distance to restaurants on Broadway not to mention a view of the mountains from our room. Parking was included as well as complimentary fresh hot, cookies upon arrival.

Day 3-Best Western Astoria-this was a bit more than I wanted to pay for a Best Western but was a very nicely appointed room with Bath and Body Works amenities. The complimentary breakfast was nice with waffles, eggs and sausage. Our “river front view” was jaded by construction work in front of the hotel and rooms did not include blackout drapes which would have been nice as sunrise occurred a bit earlier than we wanted to get up.

Day 4-Shilo Inn Tillamook-this was an older hotel which had it’s own restaurant and reminded me of an old Shoney’s Inn. The rooms were large and the rate was reasonable. Even though the entire hotel was non-smoking our room had a very musty old smoke smell. The showers were very large. The workout room was small but adequate for a vacation workout.

Day 5-The Inn at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City-we loved our stay here! It overlooks the Pelican Pub Brewery and Haystack Rock. The staff was fabulous and remembered our names even though we were there for 1 night. Rooms were average but clean and featured complimentary chocolates, a fridge with complimentary water (much better than Doubletree which had a $4 price tag attached to the in-room bottle) as well as coffee service in the lobby.

Day 6-Overleaf in Yachats-this was a really nice resort with large rooms and upscale (Aveda) amenities. The rooms featured a kitchenette and bathrobes. All rooms overlooked the water and our room had a fireplace. They have free guest laundry and a spa with tubs overlooking the water. The lobby does not open until 7:30 in the morning though. They did have one of the better continental breakfasts of this trip with unique items like scones and a sausage/potato dish that was good.

Day 7-Home By the Sea B&B in Port Orford-this was a charming little B&B right on the water. Alan, our host, was most gracious and took us on an immediate tour of town as soon as we arrived, taking pictures of us along the way. The rooms overlook the water with a spectacular view! The next morning he had printed some of the pics for us and provided a very detailed map and descriptions of what to see on our drive further South. We had a wonderful breakfast of fresh fruit, French toast and some local sausage. The B&B is currently for sale but if you have the opportunity to visit, it’s worth it!

Day 8-Riverside Inn in Grant’s Pass-As for hotel staff, imo, they were a tie with the Inn at Cape Kiwanda. They were very friendly and helpful. While it was an older property and had a certain older hotel feel, the rooms were clean and featured new carpet and furnishings. The only thing I thought was missing was tiling the bathroom floor (had linoleum). The bathrobes and Aveda products were nice touches. All of the rooms overlook the Rogue River. They also featured waffles on the continental breakfast bar. They had good rates too.

Day 9-Holiday Inn Express in Springfield (Eugene)-this is conveniently located just off I-5 and they feature an I-5 discount. The room was nice and clean and featured what my husband thought was the best shower of the trip. The continental breakfast featured omelets and cinnamon rolls along with other standard fare.

Day 10-The Mattey House B&B in McMinnville-This was an absolutely lovely Victorian with charming hosts, Jack and Denise. They provided many suggestions for restaurants and wineries. The view from the house is gorgeous overlooking a vineyard and all of the guest rooms are named from grape varieties. We stayed in the Pinot Noir which had a stand-up shower and bathrobes (I’m a fan of robes if you can’t tell). Breakfast was a fresh fruit plate and delicious strawberry bread followed by a wonderful ham/egg dish served atop toasted English muffins. Homemade cookies and coffee/tea are always available downstairs.

Day 11-Fairfield Inn near the Portland Airport-Nice clean room however the rooms did not provide blackout drapes and the street light shone thru all night. I don’t sleep well with any light so this was a distraction for me. They do put out some breakfast items as early as 3 and 4am which is nice as we had a very early flight to catch. The location is convenient for the airport and transportation is provided although we still had our rental car to return the morning we left.

All in all here’s our favorites from the hotel perspective. Both the B&B’s were so wonderful we couldn’t pick a favorite between the 2 so I’ve not included them in our ratings! We would 100% choose to stay at both of them on a return visit. Best Overall Stay-Inn at Cape Kiwanda, Best Staff-tie between Inn at Cape Kiwanda and the Riverside Inn. Best Value-Riverside Inn. Best continental breakfast-Overleaf. Best room furnishings-Best Western Astoria. Best shower-Holiday Inn Express Springfield. Best rate-Riverside Inn Grant’s Pass.
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Jun 2nd, 2010, 12:10 PM
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Sounds like you found some very nice places to visit. Something to consider, if you are a little cheap and staying at a hotel that has valet service from the airport, drop off your bags and check in, take the car back and turn it in a day early, take the rental car valet to the airport and the hotel valet back to the hotel. This saves a day's car rental and if you can get DH to do the drop off while you nap, even better.
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