After three days in Seattle for my daughter’s volleyball tournament last weekend, it was good to be home. But travel tournaments like these are also nice mini-vacations for our family.
When we travel, we prefer to stay at suite hotels. After the first day, we all need a little space. For friends with family visiting us in Portland, my recommendations are always the Embassy Suites Downtown, Residence Inn Portland Downtown - Riverplace, and Inn at Northrup Station.
All three hotels offer suite rooms and complimentary breakfast. Depending on your preference and budget, these hotels offer a wonderful stay. The Embassy Suites Downtown is a grand historic hotel with the Embassy’s signature offerings. It’s within walking distance of Old Town / Chinatown and downtown shopping. This hotel is the best of both worlds with history and modern features. It opened as the ”Multnomah Hotel” in 1912 and has housed a king (Elvis), a queen (Elizabeth) and a president (Ike) — some facts for the young’uns. They also have a fabulous pool – a must for family stays.
The Residence Inn by Marriott - Riverplace is the only downtown hotel with suite kitchens. Great for extended visits with complimentary breakfast and evening reception – if only home could be like this. It’s located by the waterfront with bike paths (so bring your scooters) and offers complimentary shuttle service within a 5-mile radius and convenient access to the aerial tram and streetcar lines. I highly recommend riding the Aerial Tram and Portland Streetcar – they are like Disneyland rides for little ones and a great way to see Portland on public transit. After a day of sightseeing, come back and soak in the hot tub while kids splash around in the pool.
The Inn at Northrup is an all-suites boutique hotel. It’s located in the Nob Hill neighborhood, known for hip boutique shops, restaurant row on 23rd Ave., and where “the Inn crowd” goes. This hotel is a lot of fun and definitely a unique Portland experience. If you want to stay where locals dine and shop, this is the place to be.
Hmmm … the next time our family need a mini-vacation, I’ll make a reservation in Portland. It’ll be ”home suite home” with breakfast and housekeeping included. That’s music to any Mom’s ears.