The Benson is one of the “old line” hotels in Portland. From the beautiful lobby/bar area to the comfortable (though somewhat small) rooms, everything is first class. The staff is professional and courteous. The lounge staff goes out of their way to make everyone comfortable and they do a fine job in taking care of all patrons in a timely manner.
A gorgeous Christmas setting!
If you aren’t in the Christmas spirit you need to pay a visit to the Benson Hotel! Poinsettias and a gorgeous Christmas tree provide a beautiful setting in this lovely hotel built in 1912, This is the grande dame of hotels and is beautifully kept with the lovely woods from which it was built. Take a moment and enjoy the dining area and bar just off the lobby,
Great location and service!
I have stayed at the Benson twice in the past 4 months, and had very nice experience both the times. It has a grand entrance with a bar/restaurant where there is happy hour and live music almost every day. Rooms are clean and spacious and if you opt for the breakfast option, you get a breakfast pass that includes a muffins with a mixed fruit plate. You can also use the breakfast pass towards any of the items on the menu with a good selection of typical breakfast/brunch dishes.
The hotel is located in a very convenient spot in downtown Portland, within a few blocks from shopping/restaurants/bars.
I was able to find street parking around the hotel every evening, and it was free from 7pm to 8am during weekdays!
If I need to stay in downtown Portland again, Benson would certainly be at the top of my list….
- Hakan B
Classy Old School Downtown Hotel
This trip was for our anniversary. I’ve stayed here before on business, but it’s been a while. It was the first stay here for my wife. This hotel in my opinion is the best in Portland for this style of hotel. Lots of history at this hotel. It’s a great location close to all the downtown amenities like shopping, dining, etc. It’s everything you would expect in a classy, old school downtown hotel. The front bar is great, the front lobby area is warm and cozy. We stayed in a junior suite which I would recommend. As with older hotels some rooms can seem small. The junior suite is a nice size with plenty of room. The concierge was quick to help with dinner reservations and very friendly. One tip is the valet parking is a bit expensive at $40 per night. If you choose not to valet, there is garage parking nearby and two blocks to the west is a surface parking lot for a $10 fee.
- Brad W
One of the "Grand Old Dames" of Portland
I’m grumpy sometimes. I’m one of those people. The ones that grumble about the “real” Portland and how it’s not like it used to be. It’s got to be annoying. And while there is a proliferation of hotels in downtown Portland now, some of the boutique ones are really cute. But you know what IS like it used to be? The Benson.
It is old fashioned and beautiful. The bar and lobby area is something every Portland lover should see. It is conveniently located just a few blocks from Nordies, right downtown. The beds are super comfortable. The staff is nice. And during Christmas time, they always have an amazing gingerbread house. You won’t have a swimming pool or huge hotels rooms – but you will have character. And it’s worth it. Enjoy!