Embassy Suites Portland Downtown reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5 Excellent

  • Cleanliness 4.5
  • Location 4.5
  • Rooms 4.5
  • Service 4.5
  • Value 4.0

3001 TripAdvisor reviews

TripAdvisor users rated this property 5 out of 5

Proximity and wonderful

therachelralph on Jun 11, 2024

In the heart of downtown this hotel is so great. It was our anniversary and they upgraded us to one bedroom suite. And the valet was super easy (and charged our tesla for us). I love the old look and that Mother's is right there. But also the breakfast had all the buffet options. And while some say it's a dungeon it was totally great as the ceilings are like 20 ft high and doesn't feel enclosed at all. The pool and hot tubs were great for a mid day break. Walkable to things (Voodoo donuts just around the corner). Best choice to stay here.

TripAdvisor users rated this property 3 out of 5

Ok. Good breakfast included

Jane M on May 28, 2024

It was nice to have such a lot of space - living area as well as bedroom. The complimentary evening reception (two complimentary drinks each) was a nice touch and the breakfast - also included - had a very good range including a cook to order omelette chef. A couple of issues with our visit - we were there 3 nights Friday to Monday and the bed was never made, new towels arrived once on the Saturday morning and the bins were emptied and coffee replenished at that time. We weren’t sure if we were supposed to ask to have the room made up at Reception but when I mentioned our room hadn’t been seen to in 3 days at check out, the lady at the front desk was mortified and apologised. It would have been really helpful to have a proper map of the area - apparently, the hotel used to have them but ran out and the new ones are rubbish, they don’t even have the hotel on them! The lady on Reception did helpfully suggest that we use Google maps but we don’t have a data roaming package for our phones in the US so we rely on hotel maps and concierge/ front desk recommendations. However, we managed by ourselves and found a great food market a couple of blocks behind the hotel as well as a cracking Irish bar with live music.

TripAdvisor users rated this property 4 out of 5

A landmark building ready for revival, great location.

Cat W on Apr 27, 2024

Before the 2020 riots, this was a hot part of town. I will continue to spend money there to help with its revival but it’s sad to see what’s happened. I recall the lobby of this hotel as bustling and filled with comfortable sofas and music playing. Now, it’s sort of spooky. The restaurant is terrific, rooms are fine (especially with an upgrade) and the breakfast and evening reception is super. Reception snacks could be better: they use to be, but the drinks rock!

TripAdvisor users rated this property 2 out of 5

Dull, Dirty, Depressing and Unresponsive (and no hot water)!

1BVISailor (Bend, Oregon) on Apr 12, 2024

Stayed at the Embassy Downtown Portland before, when the restaurant, bakery and bar next door (and connected to the hotel lobby), Mother's Bistro, was open. Enjoyed the convenience and fun of the added experience, although Mother's is NOT affiliated with the hotel. This time, a Sunday stay, Mother's was closed, forcing much more emphasis in terms of the enjoyment, or lack thereof, of my stay upon the hotel itself. What I noticed most: Cost prohibitive parking. Wouldn't even consider parking at these rates. Pet fees were more than half of my nightly rate. $75 is way too much. The lobby is lacking decor, unlike the picture shown in the online ads and here on TA. Sad for a hotel with such history and potential. The elevators are in serious need of a refresh, (a thorough cleaning wouldn't hurt either!). There is no exhaust fan in the bathroom, which WILL be a problem at some point, especially if you are staying with another person. The bathroom is cramped. Getting in and out of the shower involves a dance with the door. The very old AC system is limited to 68 at the lowest set point. Might be ok in the off season, but is lacking when there is any real heat outside. The complimentary breakfast is served in a dungeon on the B2 level. Totally lacking in any style or effort at making it cheerful and welcoming. Left for real food and atmosphere beyond that of what feels like a repurposed gymnasium. There was no hot water. None. Texted the front desk, which is there preferred method of communication. No response. Waited. Texted again 20 min later. NO RESPONSE. Waited. Nothing. Finally left. Went by the front desk to inquire about the issue with the hot water outage and communication gaff. (BTW They were Johnny on the spot when it came to communicating amenities and letting you know they were there to help, by text, but when you actually needed them to help with an issue, in this case a very significant issue, they were nowhere to be found.) Not good. When I went by the desk to lodge my complaint, I was told by the very nice but very inexperienced clerk, that they had seen my text and did respond, but more than 30 min after I texted. Who waits on line for 45 min for a text response to an immediate issue like no hot water. What is the purpose of text if you can't respond simply and quickly? The best the poorly trained gal could do was able to confirm there indeed was no hot water in my part of the hall...AND how many rooms were affected. She could not even offer a refund or credit. Nothing. What is the point of having someone at the front desk if they have no authority? Useless. At check out, because no one had taken it on themselves to call and fill me in or apologize, I requested a call back from the Assistant Manager, who was not available at the time, but was expected later that day at noon. Great! At noon, nothing. Hours later...nothing. Called that afternoon after 4. No manager, or assistant available, and again, the clerk (in training), had no authority to adjust my bill accordingly for the inconvenience, (wife and I had to go out to our appointments unshowered.) Requested a call back from the Manager, Gorana Tifekchian, (whose card I had picked up at check out), this time. No call from Gorana that evening, or the next day. Called again two days later, still no manager or assistant available. "She is busy and has a lot of things to do, but I can leave another message." (you mean too busy with other things to talk to a guest??). Left another call back request for the manager Gorana Tifekchian. Now it has been a week since I checked out. No call. Terrible management. Terrible staff training. Dreary and drab decor. Prison institution like breakfast area with the saddest and most limited assortment of offerings. Will look for another accomodation in future. This one is dead, of its own choosing. On a positive note, I did appreciate the young black woman who checked me in. Bright intelligent, capable. When I told her the pet fee on line was less than the $75 she was asking at check in, she made the adjustment without any of the regular entitled attitude or hassle. I appreciated that. This review was more than earned and completely avoidable.

TripAdvisor users rated this property 5 out of 5

Very nice hotel with outstanding staff

770allanr on Apr 08, 2024

Really a beautiful and well located hotel. Very comfortable and quiet. Outstanding staff. Dolly checked us in and made sure everything was good - outstanding customer service. Breakfast was great, especially the omlets. Highly recommend the hotel.

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