Portland/Downtown - Hotel Vintage Plaza 4*

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Portland/Downtown - Hotel Vintage Plaza 4*

MacTarn
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07 Aug 2002, 18:50 #1

Currently this hotel is owned by the Kimpton group (which also has the 5th Avenue Suites Hotel). It was renovated in 2000. It is located right on SW Broadway, 2-3 blocks north of Pioneer Courthouse Square. We had two rooms, one double and one king. They double room was a little nicer, facing Broadway. The other was a handicapped room, which had tattered robes and a smaller bathroom. Faced the rooftop in center of hotel. I did not fuss about the handicap room as the hotel stay was a gift for my sisterinlaw and she had the nicer room. We stayed earlier this year at the 5th Ave Suites and I thought it was a touch higher in quality. Also have seen the Westin and Embassy downtown and their rooms are a bit nicer. All those are newer hotels. I'd rate it a 3.5*, comparing it to the other 4* downtown choices. Service was fine. Valet was $22 with in/out. They will bring you the WSJ and NYT but you must ASK for it the day before. No mention of PL.
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07 Jun 2003, 18:32 #2

Had a great stay at Hotel Vintage Plaza Thu, 5/29/03 for $53+taxes. After seeing their website, I realized that the 107 rooms include 9 townhouse two-story suites, 9 star-light penthouses, and 3 garden hot-tub balcony suites. After a quick call, I had upgraded to a corner penthouse for an additional fee. Since this was a special evening, it was totally worth it for a most unique room! Hotel is centrally located in downtown Portland near many interesting other venues. We didn't visit the restaurant or lounge, but decided to eat at the Heathman Restaurant up the street (next to Symphony) and then drinks with jazz at the Benson. With the Hotel Vintage Plaza, I consider the three a nice trifecta. Anyway, the service was quite friendly. Hotel had was in smaller, older scale, but center atrium made it seem airy. Room was quiet and clean. Themed headboard was bizarre, but rest of room decor was modern, tasteful, and upscale. Robes and linens were perfectly clean and new. Bathroom even provided q-tips and cotton balls. Honor bar went unused, but was literally overflowing. Noteably, the hotel takes the concept of "pet-friendly" to a new level: free dogbeds, bones, food, and walking!!! WIFI internet access was also available. We felt properly spoiled for a great price! Thank you HVP for a terrific evening and great memories! Thank you BFT and PL for making it affordable!
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19 Jan 2004, 17:41 #3

We stayed there earlier this month (we live in portland and this was a little getaway from our kids). We had a gift certificate and were upgraded for free to a "Starlight" room. The room was on the top floor with atrium windows facing the Marriott across the street. There were automatic shades, though, so we could have privacy. The room was pretty small and had a queen bed. It was quiet. I would probably have preferred a room on a lower floor with a king bed with a little more space. The staff was nice and friendly and the concierge sent up a bottle of wine since we were missing the free wine hour (5 pm to 6pm nightly). Coffee and tea in the room and in the lobby in the morning.
Pazzo restaurant in the hotel is very good (we did not eat there this time but have in the past). We ate at Bleu, a restaurant run by the Western Culinary Institute, where students get restaurant experience. It's located in the Galleria building (Morrison & 9th) and is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday. For $24.95, you get a 6 course meal plus coffee, tea, or soda. The prime rib was great! They also have a nice wine & beer list. Reservations are recommended - we called earlier that day and they said they were booked, but we arrived at 7:30 pm and they had quite a few open tables.
Overall, a nice stay but I felt a little underwhelmed. A parking tip for weekend visitors: directly across the street from the lobby entrance is a Union Bank of California parking structure. If you arrive after 5 or 6 pm on Friday or Saturday night, you can park overnight for $8, but no in and out priveleges. The valet at Vintage Plaza was $22.
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27 May 2004, 02:19 #4

We stayed at the Portland Vintage Plaza Hotel 5-20 and 5-21-04. We liked the location of the hotel, right in downtown Portland. We used the valet parking which cost $23.00 per night and liked the staff working that area. We received our room through a Priceline Bid for $55.00 and were happy with the price. Prior to arriving at the hotel, we called to ask about the possibility of upgrade. We were told that due to our being Priceline customers, we couldn't do this and we'd have to inquire at check-in. So, at check-in we inquired about an upgrade but we were again notified that we were Priceline customers. The desk person after some stalling did say what he could do for us (as though it was some special favor) was to give us an upgrade to a hospitality room for an additional $125.00. We declined. He also informed us there were no Starlight rooms available and the only corner room available was a 3rd floor room which we did go look at, but found it to be very noisy being right on a street corner. It was a very pretty room, large, with many windows. We settled for a small Queen room on the 10th floor which was off the street and had a view of an office building! We were pleased though that the room was quiet.
We found the room to be very nice and the bed extraordinarily comfortable. As a matter of fact, we couldn't remember sleeping so well during any hotel stay. The room temperature did seem to fluctuate from hot to cold and this was mildly annoying. The room also had dimly lit lamps to light the room and bathroom and it was a bit difficult to read other than in the bed sitting up close to the lamps. Still, we did really like the room as it was tastefully decorated.
During our stay we did encounter some negative matters. There was a leak from a ceiling pipe outside our room door in the hallway. There were workmen with ladders, equipment, plastic pails, tarp, duct tape and an industrial sized garbage can. They finally rigged up something overnight to catch the water through a hose and into a garbage can. Quite the sight and a strange quick-fix for the hotel maintenance staff! The next day they turned off the hotel water and fixed the matter but left the ceiling tile removed and never did vacuum the mess.
Our gripe with the whole thing is the hotel never did ask us if we were inconvenienced by going around the mess and dealing with the extra noise from the workmen. Truthfully, we would not have required anything but just wish the staff would have bothered to ask.

We also had a problem with unauthorized holds against our VISA account. We were later told by the hotel desk staff (actually, the same guy who checked us in) that they had made an error and no monies should have been held against our account. I guess they "forgot" we were Priceline and paid in full although it got mentioned more than once at check-in! The hold of money was quite high, (2 separate holds actually) and totaled $343.00. The charges will finally "fall off" our account on 5-28-04. No offer was made by the hotel staff to rectify the error by contacting our bank! We found this unacceptable and a letter has been sent to the parent company, Kimpton Group.
Besides our unfortunate encounters, we did like the hotel and just wish the hotel desk staff could be better trained. It probably wouldn't take too much effort.
We love going to Portland and this is our 3rd visit using Priceline. We love and can highly recommend these restaurants: SouthPark, Besaw's, Mother's Bistro, Henry's, Jake's Crawfish, and Lucy's Table. Portland is a very fun and easy city to navigate and a great walking city. We also visited the Saturday Outdoor Market and recommend this as well.
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27 Dec 2005, 22:00 #5

We got this for $58 on a monday night, booked about a month earlier. This was just a one night stay for a concert. The lobby was very pretty and had a huge beautifully decorated tree. The wine hour was a bonus as I had had a somewhat stressful day- with the freezing rain and snow in Portland the night before we had decided to ride the train up, of course I forgot our concert tickets, long story short ended up riding bus up. Yes, daughter and I were very happy with wine hour (lol). I would also like to add they stored our luggage the next day so we could shop and when we returned for bags enjoyed wine hour again....The lighting in the bathroom was great, and showerhead also great. Very pretty, great location, wonderful staff. Next time I go to Portland I will try for this one. And If you are driving, there is a parking structure right across the street-- I didn't check the price however.
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04 Jul 2006, 04:42 #6

This hotel is very nice. Following-up to previous reviews, the cost for self-parking is $17 per day in the underground garage across the street. Valey parking is $25.
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24 Sep 2006, 11:54 #7

This is a generally well-maintained property but if you like to sleep with a window open you'll de disappointed because only a handful of rooms have them. In an effort to cut down on the considerable traffic noise on three sides of hotel, storm windows were installed and they don't open. In the early morning hours, trucks emptying commercial dumpsters around hotel make a great deal of noise. Beds are very comfortable.

Nevertheless this hotel is only a few blocks from he MAX and offers comp. morning coffee and newspapers in lobby as well as an afternoon wine hour.
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24 Jun 2015, 01:13 #8

I've stayed here many times over the years, the last time (prior to this most recent trip) being in December of 2014.  I walked into the Hotel this last weekend and was pleasantly surprised.  They have completely remodeled this Hotel from top to bottom.  I was talking to staff and apparently they closed down for 9 weeks to complete all the construction.  Every room has been completely remodeled (all new design, decor.....even new bathrooms!)  The lobby looks completely different.  They have added an awesome Bar & Lounge in the Lobby and a game room with Pool table,etc up a spiral staircase from the Lobby.  

Staff was amazing, as always.  

Valet is currently at $43.  I have won priceline bids for a low as $70 and $85 in the past year but this last weekend that I went, I paid $155/night.  But it's Summer and there were many different events going on downtown.  It's much more than I have ever paid though.  But the remodel made it worth it for sure.  (That valet charge though.....Abusrd!).  


They have a free wine hour from 5-6pm which I was able to take advantage of on one of the nights that I stayed.  (I stayed Friday (6/19/2015) and Saturday (6/20/2015).  


I was given room 314 which overlooked the street corner.  It was a handicap room, which is common for Priceline rooms, with two double beds.  I really liked the room and the view and will request this room again next time I stay.  


The new robes are MUCH comfier that the old ones.  They used to be cheetah and zebra print and very thick and heavy (and uncomfortable).  They are now cozy hooded sweatshirt type material robes.  They look very casual but fit in with the theme very well.  
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