Portland >Lodging > Benson Hotel
309 Southwest Broadway, Portland, OR | Directions 9720545.521848 -122.678415
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Downtown
BEST hotel in town – Love the rooms and service provided, just wish we could have stayed longer. I love the fact that you are greeted at the door, your car is parked for you and then retrieved when you are done. The suite we were in was very spacious....loved having a seperate room from the bedroom and a large two vanity bathroom. You can tell everyone takes pride in their hotel, their place of employment.
Truly bad experience – Beware when purchasing room on priceline. Upon arrival we were told that the hotel only had smoking rooms available for the evening. It turns out this hotel is one of the few that forces priceline buyers to stay in smoking rooms(they opened the rooms up to priceline after all non-smoking rooms were booked). The smoke smell was so strong that we had to sleep with our window open and listen to all of the loud bar goers outside. The beds are memory foam. If you are not accustomed to these beds they are extremely uncomfortable. I barely slept a few minutes. The rooms look like they are falling apart. The wallpaper was peeling, the carpet was stained, and the rooms were extremely outdated ( like a 70's version of a colonial style). I was excited to stay in a historic hotel, but after my experience I would not recommend this hotel to anyone.
Best Dog Friendly Hotel – This a great hotel, friendly service and dogs welcome, they even have dog beds with the Hotel LOGO on them, is that cool or what. Treats were delivered as well with a dog dish. They also will bring a Gold Fish to your room, I guess to keep the dog happy.
Historic setting, great location – The Benson is a beautiful hotel in a very centrally located part of town. Forget your car because the valet service is $25 bucks a night, and walk to Burnside, just 2 blocks away, where all the action is. The rooms are small considering what you pay for one, but the beds are comfy and the bathrooms are elegant. They have a great New Year's bash in the lobby downstairs, but it's more formal than most Portlanders like to be dressed. Two great restaurants are right at your doorstep here, El Gaucho, a premiere Portland Steakhouse and the London Grill, another very nice place. The service at the Benson is great, from the valet to the front desk personel. The made to order breakfasts in the morning are nice if you dont want to wait for food in a restaurant, but arrive cold and are not very good for the 12-15 dollar price tags they carry.
The Benson is lovely, but there are better hotels for the same amount of cash!
Classy, and close to everything – When your with Mom and Dad you just go with the flow. fortunatly, we were at the Benson Hotel, it is close to lots of clubs and bars for the grown up kids to hang while the folks wander the streets of P town. Great service, super breakfast in their restaurant downstairs.
Been in this hotel before and came back for pleasure, lobby is great, unfriendly front desk but bellman great. Rooms are better than the first time we stayed @ The Benson, no more moldy tiles what a turnaround. Promised will never stay here before but now we definitely coming back
Great piece of history – Loved the spacious lobby. Staff very friendly. Great location. The best Sunday brunch I ever had!!
Expensive and TIRED! – We booked a romantic suite for New Years and it came with ripped carpeting and tired furnishings. The turn down service left our bed rumpled and the radio was left on playing rap music. For the $399 price, you would expect a cleaner, more comfortable room with intact carpet. Terrible. Truly a disappointment.
King of Classic – By far the most elegant hotel lobby I've ever seen! A time travel back to the old days of grand elegance: huge, wood walls, enoumous staircase, classic lobby bar, rooms are clean and with great decor. parents stayed her last weekend and they were very impressed: felt like a vacation, not just a hotel room. location is key: smack dab in the middle of down town so there was tons of activity and things to see/do. Staying here you'll get a real taste of Old Portland.
Historic, opulent hotel in downtown hosts visiting rock stars and politicos. – The Scene
Lumber tycoon Simon Benson built the hotel in 1912, using only the best materials for the lobby: Austrian-crystal chandeliers, Circassian walnut walls and Italian marble floors. The palatial lobby has stately columns, fireplaces and ornate chandeliers, all surrounded by dark Russian-walnut panels. The doormen are efficient and polite in their distinctive garb--their formality is one reason why the Benson is considered one of the most accommodating hotels in town.
In the most luxurious of rooms, expect a baby grand piano, fireplace and jet-equipped tub, or choose a penthouse for a sweeping view of the city. Other guest rooms are equally elegant, with dark-wood trim, vaulted ceilings and modern conveniences. Each guest room has dual-line phones, robes, cable TV and Nintendo. There's also an exercise room, restaurant and bar. Celebs have been known to frequent the hotel's bar.
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