Portland >Fitness > Riverplace Athletic Club
0150 SW Montgomery St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720145.509662 -122.674781
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Downtown
I was a member for a little over 3 years and watched the place go downhill, especially when the new owners took over last year. It has been really hard to watch since it was once a happy and fun place to take my kids.
A few of the drawbacks are:
- Employee checks often bounce and when this happens employees don't show up to work and quit on the spot which means childcare is closed and classes cancelled
- Unprecedented employee turnover (I've never seen anything like it)
- Carpet and showers dirty & falling apart at the seams
- The equipment is old, always broken and not maintained
- One Friday in September 2013 someone left a big pile of human sewage in front of the front door – if that doesn’t say something about the place I don’t know what would!
- Almost all of the staff that are still there are unhappy and the general tone of the place is very depressing.
- Also, you have to pay for parking, which they claim to reimburse you for ($4/hour)
- Much of the menu at the cafe is unhealthy and they have an ice cream freezer at eye level for kids! Not something a "health club" should have.
I would not recommend going here under any circumstance!
Great Pilates Instructors – Kevin and Kim's Pilates Reformer and Matt Classes are great!
Best Swimming lessons for kids!! – If you have ever taken your young child to a park district swim lessons and felt it lacked...well...instruction of any kind, then I think you will find the lessons at the RAC incredibly worthwhile. It costs a bit more as a non-member, but just in the short time that our son has been taking lessons (about 9 months) this three year-old has made huge strides being in the pool/lessons without a parent, going under water, swimming by himself to the side of the pool, and generally loving being in the water. This is especially significant given that he used to cry and cling to us in water. We've had the chance to take lessons from Ryan and Jossie, both of whom our son adores. While they each have unique styles, both share a playful but direct style of communication and interacting with the kids that builds immediate trust and respect. I have recruited several friends to take their kids here and while each had initial concerns about the cost or about it being too hard to get to from NE Portland, they too are converts and BIG fans after seeing their kids make such progress and having fun.
Otherwise, the club is lovely (with a recent remodel) and we regularly make a day of it by going to a lesson, staying for lunch at their cafe, or going for a walk on the riverfront. If you are thinking of doing swim lessons for your kids and you want them to learn to be independent and love the water, RAC is worth the investment.
ok place – this club has convenient parking,good swimming lessons for the kids,nice front desk staff. I would like to see more programs available for the kids though. the spa is ok as they now have some good technicians.
Not Relaxing – Unfortunately I went to this place on my Birthday and I specifically didn't want a "gym-like" experience. Well it totally is. I even asked before I came to ensure that I would have a relaxing spa experience! When I arrived 1/2 an hour early to sauna before my massage the girl let me just sit there, no offering of water or where to go for the 1/2 an hour. Finally I asked about their sauna which the girl said I could "after my massage". But when I informed her that I was early she told me it was "upstairs". After telling her I had never been there and I didn't know where to go "please help!!" She pointed me up to the gym. YUCK! I was almost run over by some meat-heads and the ditzy girl @ the gym desk took 3 people before me while I stood there and watched! She said she assumed I was going to the locker room. But guess what I had NO CLUE where to go! It was such a nightmare I canceled all my appointments on the spot and went home. When I canceled the girl didn't looked at all fazed she didn't even apologize! Luckily after I got out of there my birthday was the best I ever had! I know its cliche but after the bitter the sweet never tasted so good!
Great club – The staff at the club is friendly and helpful and the cafe is a gem. Soups & salads made from scratch with a healthy approach makes it not only convienent but delicious. The addition of the Point Spa is a real treat. Janet gives the best massage I've ever had. A+ all around.
All the bases are covered at this waterfront club, which offers everything from private swimming lessons to league basketball. – In Short
This gym's amenities include a full-size swimming pool, indoor running track, squash courts, a weight room--complete with Nautilus machines and free weights--and a host of cardio machines. The club operates "Kid Central," which provides day care for kids aged 6 weeks to 8 years for a maximum of three hours a day. A full pro shop and a cafe round out the club's offerings.
Perfect place to workout – The RAC is an exceptional facility with some of the most knowledgable and friendly staff in Portland. The group exercise classes are offered at convenient times for people who work in the downtown area. All of the cycling classes are particularly rewarding to attend as are the yoga and strength training class.
The locker rooms are some of the best in Portland with steam, sauna, towel service, and all the amenities.
Overall, a top-notch facility!
I absolutely LOVE Riverplace. They have a wonderful staff and plenty of options. Their children facility and staff are amazing. Going to workout and knowing my children are being taken care of is huge! It is my little oasis every day.
EXCELLENT! – Good facilities, VERY good cafe staff and freindly. the casserole club is a awesome idea and the everchanging things to do at the RAC
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