The Benson, a Coast Hotel
Charming old hotel
I only stayed here for one night, but my overall impression is that the Benson is a very charming old hotel in a good downtown location. The room was a decent size for having 2 double beds. I really liked the bathroom: I expected it to be really small given the hotel’s age, but it was pretty spacious and cute with a pedestal sink and lots of shelves to hold items. I also liked that the tub included large dispensers of good shampoo, conditioner, and soap, rather than lots of tiny bottles (although they had some of those too). Also, free wifi in the rooms, which was an unexpected bonus.
I didn’t find the room shabby or worn at all – everything was updated and well-maintained. The street noise is very loud, even on the 11th floor, but I always travel with earplugs so was able to block most of it out. Also the lighting provided in the room is very dim, just adequate for reading in bed, but certainly not enough for working at the desk at night.
There is a relatively small number of 4 and 5 star hotels in Portland, so the prices can be somewhat surprisingly high for what you get. I got the Benson room via Priceline because all of the downtown hotels were charging $300+ a night at the time. For that price, my preference is for a more contemporary hotel, but the Benson was certainly nice and I wouldn’t mind staying here again.
Great old hotel right in Town!
This was a perfect place to stop on our visit to Portland. Easy walking a few blocks to Pioneer Square, The Pearl District and Chinatown. The Bar in the lobby has great cocktails. The same area becomes the breakfast room in the morning. Delicious choices were available. Our waiter the first day was very helpful when he learned we were new to Portland. Went out of his way to bring us maps and information about where to go in town. The hotel’s concierge also was very helpful in locating a town tour, directing us to Mt Hood, which falls to stop to see along the Columbia River and the Fruit Loop. The Hotel is old with lots of history. Beautiful woodwork. Comfortable rooms.
- Gail B
Nice room and hotel but needs double glazing!
Liked this hotel as room a good size and bed very comfortable.
The room was ideal with nice bathroom, safe in room and robes etc. the only down side was we found it a bit noisy. We were on the 8th floor and could hear all the downtown noise of a city. Got wakened up by train horns, police sirens as no double glazing as listed old building.
The hotel is a very central location, so noise was to be expected.
We had cocktails in the palm court lounge. Good selection on display and service good. Check in and out was great and friendly.
Plenty of fab restaurants very close by. Easy distance to public transport.
Fabulous downtown base for Portland
With 100 years under its belt, this hotel has history and class in equal measures.
It’s in an excellent location within walking distance of all the city’s attractions.
The lobby is a standout with the huge Christmas tree and famed gingerbread townscape putting everyone in the festive mood.
I stayed here for seven activity packed days and it became more like my home than a hotel.
My spacious corner room had huge windows showcasing downtown. It even snowed (unusually early) when I was there and the city sparkled.
The fantastic Tempur-Pedic Bed, with cloud-like pillows, was my happy place after days filled with sightseeing.
The bathroom was standard with shower/bath combo.
There was an AUX port on the radio for my iPod, coffee maker, work desk, easy chair and free WIFI.
Breakfast and valet/parking were not included.
I highly recommend this hotel.
This Hotel has been around for over 100 years. it has the Charm of years gone by. I read the reviews of a number of guest before I visited this hotel. Here is my take. Outstanding lobby! loved the wood work! My room was very clean, my bed was a king and was very comfortable!
the furniture was aged a little but in fine shape. Really went with the whole 100 old experience.
House keeping was fantastic and was most of the staff. Only one issue and she probably was having a bad day. The bar is great for mix drinks but their wine selection was terrible!! You would think they would shine in this department being is the thrones of Wine country!!! As was there beer selection!!. Breakfast was very good here nice menu and very well prepared!!