A Night in Portland at The Nines

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Room 1424
January 14, 2018 by

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Room 1424

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I chose this hotel because the Embassy Suites, where I stayed on my two previous visits to Portland, was full.  I searched for "Five-Star" hotels in Portland, and this was all that came up.  

Check In

The lobby of the hotel is on the eighth floor, and this is somewhat awkward.  The street-level entrance only has a stand for the valet. 

Room

I was disappointed with the decor of the room, for some very practical reasons.  The couch was impossibly uncomfortable, with a section in the middle with no back.  What if you want to sit close to someone special?  There was also a chair, but it did not look very inviting.  Then there was a large section of the curtain that was permanently fixed blocking one of three windows.  I had purely aesthetic objections to the wallpaper and artwork.  

Also, there was no coffee maker in the room, and no obvious way to order a pot and have it delivered.  Coffee was available in the morning in the lobby.IMG_7090.jpgIMG_7092.jpg

Dining

I had dinner with my sister and her husband at Departure on the top floor.  From their web page, "Chef Gregory creates accessible Asian cuisine using traditional techniques. We are committed to offering diners the most authentic ingredients for unique, modern, pan-Asian cuisine."  The decor is very modern, but the seating and ambiance was comfortable.  We had the Tasting Menu, which was outstanding.

Service

I am not the most experienced world traveler by any means, but the desk clerk posed a question to me that I had not heard before: "What time will you be departing?"  I pressed the clerk for an explanation, and she said that after the predicted departure time, the housekeepers would knock on the door to start cleaning the room.  This eliminates a major source of inconvenience for the housekeepers (not knowing if guests have left before check-out time).  But I was a bit taken aback with the question.

Location

The location is central in downtown Portland, and conveniently close to the light rail for a connection to the airport or other points.  I was traveling by train, and it was a $7.50 taxi ride from the hotel to Union Station.

Overall

Mainly because I was disappointed in the room, I would not recommend this hotel.  I am sure somebody put a lot of thought into the decor, but it has some very practical problems.  For a downtown hotel, the Embassy Suites has much more comfortable furnishings in addition to offering a suite for a comparable price.

Also, the hotel is challenged by being in a mostly deserted building.  While the Pioneer Square area is vibrant, the depqrture of Macy*s from the building below The Nines has left a gaping hole in the community. 

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