The hotel options near PDX can be pretty bare-bones, but the Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Airport is an exception. The spacious two-room suites and relaxing ambiance make this well-maintained property a solid option if you need proximity to the airport.
The rooms at Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Airport aren’t rooms - they’re suites. Each of the two-room suites come equipped with two high-definition TVs, a sofa bed in the living room for additional sleeping options, and a kitchenette. The rooms aren’t going to win any awards for design, but they’re passable.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Wifi is only free in upgraded suites, so if you stay in a standard suite, expect to pay a daily fee for internet access.
The rooms at Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Airport are large and spacious - but unfortunately, the bathrooms are not. The bathrooms are plain and painfully small - especially considering that some of the suites sleep up to 6.
The open-air atrium lobby at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Airport is lovely, open and spacious with plenty of available seating. The plants, greenery, and water fixtures spread throughout create a relaxing ambiance that’s an especially nice touch.
Before dinner, make sure to stop by the lobby for the hotel’s evening reception, where you can nosh on appetizers and score a free glass of bubbly.
The decently sized saltwater pool and whirlpool are both located inside - which means you get to enjoy a dip even if you’re visiting during one of Portland’s notoriously rainy stretches.
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Airport has a fitness room with cardio machines and free weights so you can get your sweat on during your trip. It’s nothing fancy, but it gets the job done.
Waters Bar and Grill, which is located in the hotel’s open-air atrium, serves casual fare (think pizza and sandwiches) for lunch along with an extended menu for dinner (be sure to try the Housemade Lobster Mac with Gruyere - YUM).
Waters Bar and Grill isn’t open for breakfast, but that’s ok, because you get a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast with your rate.
The lounge at Waters Bar and Grill is open daily from 4pm to 11pm and is a great place to grab a glass of wine; the bar features local wines from Oregon and Washington.
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Airport is located right at the entrance to Portland International Airport, so it’s super convenient if you have to catch a flight. It’s not, however, super convenient to the rest of Portland. You have two options: you can either hop on the MAX (the Portland Airport Station is an 8-minute drive away) or you can rent a car - luckily, you’re right next to Avis, Hertz, and Enterprise, so finding a rental car should be a snap. If you do rent a car, self-parking is $15 per day.
The best pho in the city is just a few minutes away at MeKha (8-minute drive), a restaurant known for putting a healthy-ish spin on traditional Vietnamese and Cambodian cuisine. If you’re looking for something quick and easy, try By Design Pizza (6-minute drive), a build-your-own pizza parlor located in Cascade Station, a shopping center with major retailers like IKEA, HomeGoods, and Nordstrom Rack.
Bridge City Taproom (13-minute drive) is a great place to sample local Oregon brews in a fun, laid-back atmosphere (make sure to grab a table so you play a board game while you sip your beer). If you’re more in the mood for cocktails, head to The Box Social (20-minute drive), a romantic, dimly lit speakeasy serving up an impressive selection of creative specialty cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Most airport hotels leave a lot to be desired, but between the pool, the on-site dining, and the spacious (albeit poorly designed) suites, you could definitely do worse than the Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Airport.