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“Comfort at Its best” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Benson Hotel
Ranked #20 of 137 Hotels in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Cairo, Egypt
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30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Comfort at Its best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

Stayed at the Benson for few days. Location is excellent. Staff are very attentive. Walking distance from lots of restaurants and coffee places. Would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dinaswad
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Coburg, Oregon
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26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

First of all, the hotel is gorgeous. The lobby was a perfect place to gather, meet and socialize with our group. The service is impeccable. We especially enjoyed the service of the valet and doormen. Which brings me to one major drawback for this hotel, valet parking only and it's $31 bucks a night! You do have unlimited in and out services though.
The pictures on their website for the rooms are a bit misleading. They are small. The website shows the penthouse and suites. There is one pic of a regular room but it's a corner room so the extra window give it the feel of a larger room. On the bright side the beds are great! I had never slept on a Temperpedic so I was looking forward to it.
The restaurant in the lobby, The Palm Court, is very comfortable and the service again great. We were there around 10 am with the buffet going until noon. Hot items were not well stocked or warm. The fruit selection was impressive and delicious especially the berries, yumm. The waiter offered all of us OJ which we assumed was included in the buffet but no. We all had an extra $4 added to our tabs. This would have been nice to know. Mimosas were $8! Unbelievable.
But for those few exceptions our stay at the Benson would have been perfect. We really enjoyed ourselves.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Momarx
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BensonHotelMgt, Manager at Benson Hotel, responded to this review, 9 March 2012
Thank you for your review; we’re so glad you enjoyed our lobby space, staff and mattresses! We appreciate your comments and will share them with The Benson Hotel staff. We look forward to seeing you again during your next trip to Portland!
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Lafayette, California
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71 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

We just stayed for two nights at the Benson Hotel. Having tried a number of other Portland Hotels, we have some good points of comparison and, sadly, this hotel comes up extremely short. Issues:

1. Poor service. Overall weak caliber of personnel from the phone operators to the front desk clerks to the valets to the housekeepers. The valet service in particular is lacking. In fairness, when we requested our car to be brought around, it was always there very quickly. However, dropping it off was another matter. We weren't even sure they had valets we had to wait so long at first. Don't try to call the hotel for anything. The operator is not helpful and speaks with such a strong accent (from who knows where, doesn't matter) you cannot understand him.

2. Poor maintenance. The whole place needs a good cleaning. There were dirty finger marks on our doors, scuffs on all the wood surfaces, dirty carpets, dirty grout. Just a dark, dingy, dated feel to things.

3. Noise. There is some sort of engine that goes on and off all night/all day in front of the hotel. I have not idea what is was but the cycling on/off was difficult at night.

4. Calliber of guests. Folks out for a noisy good time. Beer cans left on hallway tables. Loud laughing in the hallways. Extremely large people in polyester lined up for anything free in the lobby (coffee, wine, etc). Very young, unsupervised kids playing in the revolving door and not asked to stop by hotel staff.

For the price charged, there are MANY other lovely, relaxing, high-quality, high-service hotels in Portland.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Fifistravels
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BensonHotelMgt, General Manager at Benson Hotel, responded to this review, 7 March 2012
Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for your recent review of The Benson Hotel. Your remarks regarding our property condition and services were much appreciated. Your comments are very important to us as we continue to upgrade our facility and services. Your dissatisfaction with our valet service, other guests and guest room cleanliness has been carefully noted and will be addressed accordingly with our staff.

Again, we do appreciate your feedback and hope to have you back with us again. Please contact me at rgladney@bensonhotel.com if I can assist with providing you a much more enjoyable future stay.

Best Regards,
Ronald W. Gladney, General Manager
The Benson Hotel
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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

We love staying at The Benson. We can walk from the train station, and to just about anything in downtown Portland, or to Max lines. The hotel gives you old-world ambiance at a reasonable cost and the staff is excellent.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mukilteo, Washington
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

This entire sfaff was friendly and very helpful. Rooms and beds were very comfortable. My Mom and I had room service (breakfast) and the blueberry pancakes were the best I have ever had. Coffee was strong, could have been hotter. Loved the fact that the Presidents stay at this historic hotel. The lobby was beautiful. I will recommend this hotel to friends and family.
I will be back also. Thank you

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Deborah V
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Additional Information about Benson Hotel

Property: Benson Hotel
Address: 309 Southwest Broadway, Portland, OR 97205-3794
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Region: United States > Oregon > Portland > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 137 Hotels in Portland
Price range (per night): $207 - $392
Hotel Class:4 star — Benson Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 287
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Classic Landmark Hotel located in heart of business & financial district. ... more   less 
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