The Benson, a Coast Hotel
It's the people
The Benson Hotel is a classic in downtown Portland, Oregon, but what sets it apart from just another expensive hotel is the people. The friendly desk personnel we’re very nice. My room was certainly adequate and nicely appointed. The tables in our meeting room were a bit narrow for working on but not a real problem. The food was actually excellent. But the highlight of my stay came on my last day. As I was checking out I mentioned that I was looking for a place to have breakfast. A bellman overheard me and recommended a place, but it didn’t open until 10. He offered to keep my luggage. When I said I was on my way to the airport, he said there was an excellent restaurant AT the airport called Beaches, that smoked their own meat. I took his advice and was very pleased both with his recommendation and with his friendliness. By the way, there is a lot to do in downtown Portland. There’s always Powell’s Bookstore (which claims to be the biggest in the world) but there is also a charming smallish Museum of Contemporary Craft with an admission of just $4.00. Fun stay.
We were in Portland for our son’s wedding a few weeks ago. We chose to stay at the Benson tho it was not in the same district as the wedding activities. The rooms were very clean, comfortable and well appointed. Check-in was smooth and the staff was very friendly and ready to answer any questions we had. The valet staff were superb, friendly, helpful and always at the door with a cheery send-off or welcome back at the end of a long day.
The wedding and related activities were in the Pearl District. We chose to walk, only 14-15 blocks. Relaxing, beautiful streets greeted us on our many walks back and forth. We did take a cab one evening just because we were running late, taxi driver was friendly and got us to the venue on time!
Don't miss THE BENSON!
If you are planning a business trip or vacation and will to be in the beautiful city of Portland make THE BENSON HOTEL a destination stop. This lovely lady recently celebrated her 100 birthday under the gracious and attentive care of long time manager Mr. Ron Gladney. The Benson takes you back in time to the grand moments of opulence and presidential luxury sporting incredible moldings, Judges Paneling and enormous crystal chandeliers. From the moment you step through her doors THE BENSON welcomes you with open arms and a cordial staff that is seamlessly well trained. We have been guests of THE BENSON twice enjoying royally appointed guest suites that are spotless and comfortable. Will we chose THE BENSON again? YES! I happen to like being treated like a princess…..I will be back soon! Thank you Ron Gladney and THE BENSON!
More Pros than Cons
I agree with the generally good reviews on this hotel. I just completed a five-day stay, and give the hotel high marks on location, service, the lively lobby bar/restaurant, and the overall ambiance. The room itself was pretty basic but the bed and pillows were comfortable. They still use heavy duvet/comforters that I hate because they are too hot for me. Only real negative is the bathroom. This is an older hotel and the bathroom size is locked-in; and it is small. The pedestal sink had almost no surface area for toiletries, cosmetics, etc. The lighting was dim. The shower was weak so my wife had a difficult time rinsing her hair. The toilet is crammed against the tub. For one person, particularly a man, these may not be huge issues, but with my wife and me together it was cramped.
Perfect Downtown Spot
My husband and I stayed here for two nights. We were in town for a wedding. It was our first time in Portland. The Benson was located in the perfect spot to explore downtown Portland by foot. We were within easy walking distance to the waterfront, tons of restaurants, shopping, and “must sees” like Voodoo Donuts and Powell’s. The hotel itself it older, we usually go for modern, but it suited us just fine. We were able to take advantage of a group discount because of the wedding however, the usual rates are a little steep but comparable to all of the other downtown Portland hotels. I have never commented on a hotel bed before but I have got to say it was THE most comfortable hotel bed I have ever slept in. We were on the 11th floor but sadly only had a view of a the wall next door. The staff was polite and helpful from booking, to suggestions on how to get there from the airport, to walking directions from the rail, to check-in.