The Benson, a Coast Hotel
Great for couples, small groups. Terrible for conferences.
I just attended a conference at the Benson Hotel. The room, service, and food were all great. However, the conference rooms are really problematic. The ceilings are too low, so the projector screens aren’t high enough for people in the back half of the room to see them clearly. The vendors who had exhibits there were all crowded into the lower level, so there was only room for a single-file lane of traffic to shake hands and get the usual goodies vendors give out. They never had a chance if they wanted to really connect with people.
Leaving the hotel is scary, though. I witness an accident involving a commuter car and a Porsche as I was waiting for the valet to bring my car. They are planted right at the corner of one of the tightest, busiest intersections I have ever seen in Portland. Really made me leery when I was pulling out of their parking lane.
- Joshua H
Very excellent hotel great staff very enjoyable . The room was perfect. The service from the front desk and other staff commendable. The hotel is right in the heart of Portland and an easy walk to the hot spots, e would recommend this for anyone visiting Portland.
- ken h
Attended a 3 day training conference, loved it. Quaint place and a nice downstairs restaurant served excellent meals, especially the salmon! The breakfast was so-so, lunch was great and the snacks were awesome. Lovely variety of teas. Peeped into a colleagues room, looked great. Very well located in the city, important places are walking distance or reachable by metro.
- Kudzai M. M
Great location, just ok hotel.
On arrival we were not offered any
assistance with our luggage.
Reception was friendly and efficient on check in. Our room was spacious but wasn’t cleaned properly. There were coins on the floor and a magazine addressed to the previous guest in the bedside table.
When we came back downstairs to ask the concierge desk to help us with car hire we gave up after a couple of minutes of being ignored and booked it ourselves online instead. What’s with the doormen wearing track pants and trainers??
We thought the location was great.
Excellent hotel with the old world charm
Excellent hotel and great staff.
Its central location makes street noise unavoidabel. Try to book a room not facing Broadway. Business center is well equiped and has Apple computers. A lot of dining options around