As the name already states, I spent a couple of days in the Aloft near the Portland, OR Airport (PDX). This was my first time staying at an Aloft property as well as my first stay with Starwood.
I had to go to Portland for an emergency support on a project. On my drive down to Portland from Seattle I called the hotel and made a reservation. During the phone call I asked the agent a ton of questions, because it was my first time staying there. Biggest concern was, if they charge for parking and no they do not. This usually happens if you book a hotel close to the airport. They like to charge pretty much for everything. I always try to save money even for the company. I was also asking what kind of rates they offer and the agent on the phone gave me an excellent rate, because of me being an AAA member. The rate was not only cheaper as their regular rate, I also got a 10$ coupon for every day I stayed there. This coupon could be used for breakfast or to shop during any time of the day in the little lobby shop for drinks and snacks.
Upon arrival check-in was super easy and the receptionist was super friendly and helpful. Also me being a Gold member I got a certificate for free coffee throughout my stay. More about it later.
After all day working and driving down to Portland I was pretty tired. I grabbed my bags and went straight to my room and I have to tell you. I love the design and layout. I booked a room with two queen beds, because usually this rooms give you a little bit more space. I was pretty happy with the space in my room. Everything was clean and organized. You also get 2 free bottles of water.
My room was facing towards the front of the building with a view to the shopping center “Cascade Station”. I also was able to see the planes flying in and out of Portland airport. You could hear the planes flying by but the noise level was not to bad and I liked the view. The little office desk was also right in front of the window, which I liked a lot. This makes it way more fun to work even at your hotel room. Also at the desk is the all-in-one connectivity panel. It has connections for HDMI, S-Video, VGA and Audi-In, which allows you to watch contend from your laptop, smartphone or tablet directly at the TV screen in your room. Cables are available for free at the front desk.
The bed was comfortable and I didn’t have any issues to sleep in them. The room had to phones, one at the office desk and one right next to the bed. Both were wireless phones which lets you walk around in your room if you are talking to somebody. Well nowadays you use cell phones I know, but mine broke on friday night. That’s why I was happy about to have them.
The shower was very spacious and the shampoo and lotion had a nice scent and was not the cheap stuff you get in some hotels. The room also featured a safe, microwave, coffee maker and refrigerator. All you need for a longer stay.
After I finished work the next day I had time to check out the hotel better. Like the indoor pool with nice lounger and seating possibilities. The also had power outlets near some of them. So you could charge your phone while relaxing and hanging out. Right across of the pool was the fitness center. Big spacious one with enough equipment for a good workout.
The lobby area featured the wxyz bar were they had live music on friday evening when I checked in as well as on saturday evening. The lobby area also features a pool tabel and two Mac’s (PC’s) for guest use. There is no printer directly next to the Mac’s but you can print and it will be available at the counter. Near the counter is also the little food market place, where you also order breakfast in the morning and the coffee machine. You don’t just get cheap instant coffee no it is a real coffee machine. Once you decide what kind of coffee you want, you get a coffee with fresh crushed beans. This is way better than the cheap brewed coffee some hotels offer and which sits there forever. I love fresh made coffee and you can taste it. There is also a variety of teas available. As mentioned before, thanks to my gold membership with SPG I got a card which allowed me to get free coffee. That is how you should treat guests and I basically run on coffee.
But the biggest surprise to me was their effort to be green and take care of the environment. On the TV in the food market they show tips how to stay green and save the environment during your stay. They also encourage you, if you want to get coffee that you bring your cup from the room downstairs and don’t use the paper cups at the machine. They have also a second trash can in the rooms for recycling and different trash bins at the food market. That is not all! They also offer you 250 bonus points or 5$ for every day you decline housekeeping. I don’t really need housekeeping every day and the actual bonus points are always welcome. Of course if you need fresh towels or sheet you can ask for it and you get it and still get the bonus points or voucher. To make use of this service, you can either mention it during your check in and they will put it down. That stops housekeeping automatically from cleaning your room or you use the little door hanger, which you will find inside your room and put it on your door outside.
The hotel is located at Cascade Station, which is a shopping area with many shops and restaurants. All right across the street of the hotel. There is a Starbucks, a couple burger places and lots of shops for everything like Best Buy, Ross, Marshalls and so on. There is also a Leatherman store, the only brand store worldwide. I discovered that one by accident as I was trying to get help from Verizon with my broken phone. Not to far from the hotel is a light rail train station. This makes it easy to get arround even without a car. Due to the proximity to the airport, the hotel offers free 24 hour airport shuttle service.
Overall this was a great stay at the Aloft and I am looking forward to stay at another one. During my stay I also installed their app on my phone. The app has an amazing feature, which is amazing for people who are just jumping from hotel to hotel. The app tells you your room number. This is awesome! I had it before that I mixed up room numbers, especially if you stayed every day at a different hotel.