If its views you’re after, you’ll definitely want to check out Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach. Located on the waterfront of Hayden Island between Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR, this property has some of the best river views in the city.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There's no arguing Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach has amazing views. But Hayden Island isn't the most happening part of Portland. You're close to downtown, but if you want to be within walking distance of attractions and things to do in Portland, this location isn't going to be what you're looking for.
The rooms at Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach are definitely on the larger side and come equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay, including pillow-top mattresses, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and coffeemakers.
Like we said, the main draw of this property is the views - upgrade to a premium room or deluxe suite on the river side of the hotel, where you can enjoy a view of the river from your own private balcony.
The bathrooms at Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach are also on the large side for a standard hotel room and were recently updated with modern tile and furnishings for a more high-end feel.
The lobby of Red Lion Hotel on the River is also home to the hotel’s Espresso Lounge--grab a coffee and grab a seat on one of the plush couches next to the property’s grand piano.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The Espresso Lounge makes a mean cup of coffee, but it’s not free. Make sure you bring your wallet.
Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach does have a pool, but it’s seasonal, so you’ll only be able to swim during the summer months.
The on-site fitness center has everything you need (like cardio machines and free weights) to get a workout in. Or, if you feel like doing something more sporty, hit a few balls on the hotel’s outdoor tennis court.
Grab a meal at Jantzen Beach Bar & Grill, where you can enjoy dishes inspired by the Pacific Northwest (the seafood is especially good) at a table overlooking the Columbia River. Jantzen Beach Bar & Grill is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Grab a drink at JB’s Nightclub and Lounge, the hotel's on-site bar, where you'll find a long list of specialty cocktails and, on some nights, live music and DJs to get the party started.
Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach is on Hayden Island, which doesn’t have the same kind of access to public transportation that you’d find elsewhere in the city. If you want to explore Portland, you should plan to bring a car (parking is free).
Menjiro (4-minute walk) is a nice casual spot on the island that specializes in Japanese comfort food (their ramen and sushi burritos are top notch). Another can’t miss spot is 3 Sheets At The Harbor (4-minute drive), a spot right on the harbor dishing up American classics with a PNW twist (like Pork Belly Frites and Local Foraged Mushrooms).
If you want a laid-back evening on Hayden Island, try Anchor Bar (8-minute walk), a sports bar famous for its massive 34oz beer mugs. If you want to venture off the island, try Tap Union Freehouse (6-minute drive), just a short drive over the I5 into Vancouver, WA, where you can sample 20 excellent rotating beers (many of which are local).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach isn't in the most happening part of town, but it's river views and easy access to the city make up for it.