Nice Hotel in Downtown Portland
I stayed here one night to attend a conference. The lobby is ornate. While the food served at the conference was very good, the rooms were small with low ceilings.
The corner room where I stayed was quite large but the bathroom was small and very plain. Also, there was no towel rack in the bathroom – annoying.
The Benson allows dogs for $25 per night. Most hotels which charge a daily pet fee provide a bed, treats, poop bags, bowls, etc. Despite the fact that they knew I had a dog, I had to ask for a bed and bowls. They were out of treats, no poop bags were provided and the dog bed was thin and sad looking.
Must stay at The Benson!
I normally don’t like to give a 5 star rating to hotels, but the Benson deserves it! Being that it is an older hotel, you’d expect it to be worn down with minimal updates. The Benson is the complete opposite. From the moment you enter the lobby, you’re greeted with comfortable elegance yet without the “old feeling” . It has maintained some of the old charm with the chandeliers, wood work and even the elevators. The service was relaxed yet professional and friendly.
The rooms: we had booked the Executive King Suite and it was well worth paying a bit extra for the space. The room takes up a corner of the building and therefore provides 3 large windows overlooking the city streets, however it was not noisy at all; like you’d expect from a city center hotel. The bathroom is relatively small but not bad for an older hotel. Everything was well updated yet maintained some of that original charm.
Excellent Hotel. Service, Food, and Environment all met my expectations and then some. Conference area was well lit and exceptionally well maintained. I have no complaints and or changes I would have made to my trip in regards to the Benson Hotel stay.
I had to stay at the Benson Hotel for a wok conference the third week of May. The weather was amazing, sunny and warm. This was my first time in Portland and I would definitely come back and stay at this hotel. It’s an older hotel but kept up very well. It’s right in the city center, getting around is extremely easy. I was able to take the Trimet train straight from the airport to a stop that was only two blocks away from the hotel. There is commuter transportation everywhere to make getting around easier. The hotel staff was friendly and informative. My room was great-it faced the street but the noise wasn’t bad at all. And of course, you have some of the best restaurants surrounding this location. I strongly recommend if you come to this area that you make it to the coast, it is absolutely amazing. Hotel staff can easily arrange a trip for you. I only experienced one problem, the key for the room is also used for the elevator-mine never seemed to work going from floor to floor. I always had to wait for someone to get in the elevator and press the floor I needed. I swear the key worked in the elevator maybe once! It always worked in the room.
ELEGANT AND OPULENT
The Benson is an excellent hotel, close to theaters, museums, bars and great food. Plus Nordstrom and Sephora! Easy walking to everything. My basic room was very nice, lovely and comfortable. The lobby bar serves good drinks and food and is comfortable for a solo visitor. Parking is spendy-$33 for one night. A very pleasant experience!