Back in Portland, I reserved a night at the aloft Portland Cascade Station as the prices for hotels in downtown Portland was quite expensive and I did not really want to spend that much on the final trip as I was just longing for a place to sleep. I had been to an aloft before and I liked my stay last time so I figured I would try a new hotel and experience another stay at aloft to see how well the brand performs in terms of consistency.
The hotel is located at Cascade Station area comprising of several hotel chains and a large suburban style outlet mall, and it is also very close to Portland’s Airport. This made it suitable for an airport hotel. Another reason to choose this hotel for guests on road-trips are that the hotel’s parking was complimentary!
Check-in at aloft hotels was always a friendly reception. The staff at Portland was no different as I was greeted heartily even at night. I had initially signed up for keyless entry but there was some problem in getting my room number and I had to drop by the front desk. In fact I had to return twice since the keyless entry does not seem to work and I had to still use a physical key card.
Room No: 431 Category: aloft King room
I was provided a room on a high floor as per my usual preferences and all aloft rooms are similar in nature with a closet that can be covered with a cloth. There was also shelves that usually houses magazines, bottled water and minibar items along with the safety deposit boxes. Across from the closet is the bathroom vanity.
The shower and toilet is located in an enclosed compartment at the end of the room. This made it a very functional space that I think is a hallmark of the aloft brand. And they have more modern walk-in showers instead of those bathtub style showers. The only thing I did not like about the aloft brand is that hotel amenities are provided by the wall-mounted console which is not that hygienic in my opinion.
Inside the bedroom was again similar to the other aloft I stayed in with the bed positioned to look out to the window. And along the window there is a nice bench in the centre with the flat screen TV positioned in the middle, with a desk on the left side and more space on the right for things.
Another great feature of the room is the integrated power hub that even allows guests to connect the computer to the TV output.
On the ground floor of the aloft, the design theme continues with a very nice space for guests to hang out in. There is usually a pool table on the lobby with lots of seating spaces. Beside the front desk, there is a convenience centre retailing coffee and snacks including some breakfast items to go. SPG Gold and Platinum guests even get a free cup of specialty coffee or tea with the voucher provided on check-in. The lobby is usually home to the wxyz bar, which is a take on the W brand, since aloft is meant to be like the lower-tier version of W hotels.
While the hotel’s main entrance is at the back facing the car park, guests entering from the main road will see the indoor swimming pool which is large for an airport hotel and a nice fitness centre on another room. Both facilities are really great for a hotel of this scale.
I would have to say for the rate of $109++, the hotel provides decent value since hotels in Portland, Oregon are quite expensive for a second-tier city. While the hotel is not exactly near to downtown Portland, the location is still quite good for shopping or for a layover in Portland airport. For guests on a roadtrip, the savings from parking and the hotel rates can make this a good deal overall.