Driving from Seattle to Portland was something I had done before and the stopover in Olympia made the drive much more relaxing and I arrived in Portland just in time for dinner. Thus it was quite late at night around 10pm that I arrived at the Westin Portland, which is located just 2 blocks away from The Nines Hotel, another SPG property. It is thus amazing for SPG to actually have 2 nice properties in downtown Portland where it is close to everything.
As I was driving, there was free overnight parking on the streets, thus I declined the valet parking. I was able to park curbside in front of the hotel while I checked in at the reception desk on the ground floor. Unlike most Westin hotels I have been to, this lobby is pretty small though the check-in was quick since there was no one else during that time. I picked the Starpoints as my welcome amenity though I was only upgraded to the best room available which is a Premium Corner room, having booked their Traditional room for a rate of $185++.
First impressions of the hotel was that it was cramped and quite small. And there was only 2 elevator so sometimes the wait for the elevators can be quite annoying since the hotel is quite tall too. Probably a good idea that the hotel prepared benches for guests to wait.
Room No: 1908 Category: Premium Corner King Room
The assigned room was at one of the upper storeys of the building though the impression of limited space continued since the bedroom feels small. Being a corner room, there was 2 large windows that maximizes the view over the city and good thing it was not blocked as there was not that much taller buildings around it.
There is a TV cabinet which also houses the minibar, glasses and the coffee machine. Beside the cabinet is an average work desk and chair while the corner beside the bed lies an armchair. It is perfectly functional for a one night stay but I just do not like how the room feels small and boxed in.
The good thing about the hotel though was the bathroom. It was spacious and I felt the bedroom could take some of the space here. There is a double vanity counter along the wall and a huge walk-in stall complete with a rain shower. There wasn’t any bathtub but there was a small alcove with a stool. One length of the bathroom even had louvred windows with a view though this is pretty useless since I doubt anyone opens the windows while showering.
Inside the room, there was a fruit plate as a welcome amenity which was a nice touch, but some of the fruits did not look too fresh. Amenities in the room were standard for any Westin in North America and the bed was as comfortable as always!
With a corner room and a higher floor room, the view is supposed to be the highlight. Though there was nothing spectacular since Portland does not really have an impressive skyline. I have had better views elsewhere and if I must say, the corner view from the low-rise The Nines Hotel is slightly better especially when the room faces the Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Being a downtown hotel, there was not much other facilities and there was no club lounge either in the hotel. There was a fitness centre which I did not utilize since I was only staying overnight. In the lobby, there is a restaurant called ‘The Daily Grill’, where breakfast is usually served and the bar section of the restaurant also functions as the lobby lounge for guests to use in the day. In the morning there is also free coffee for guests beside the reception desk. Across from the reception desk is a small reading room and lobby seating area which is nicely decorated but was still kind of small.
As a Westin, this one is pretty nice for its location but for that price, I might lean towards staying at The Nines since that hotel does have a nicer lobby, more spacious rooms and even a club lounge for SPG Platinum members. Thus I would not really recommend this hotel to anyone unless much other places are fully booked.