I believe this is my first ever stay at a Radisson hotel. I signed up for their rewards program many years ago but never really used it. They just didn’t have hotels in the area or I was already an elite with another hotel nearby.
This time I had to give it a try, as I only needed a one-night stay between flights in Portland. I choose the Country Inn & Suites over other hotels I stayed in the area because of an Amex Offer, which was easy to fulfill with a stay for just one night. However, before I booked the hotel online, I checked the Radisson Rewards website for other promotions. There is an ongoing promotion for 3000 bonus points if I book through the Radisson Rewards app instead of the web browser on my PC. Done! I downloaded the app and booked my stay at the Country Inn & Suites near PDX. Now I have to watch my account to actually get the 3,000 bonus points.
I arrived at the hotel early, around 1:30 p.m. and was hoping for an early check-in.
I walked into the lobby and asked the receptionist if there is a possibility of doing an early check-in. She was checking for available rooms and even gave me a room choice to be either on the 3rd or 4th floor. I took the offer of the 4th-floor room. She also offered me two complimentary bottles of water for being a rewards member. Yes, you get the bottles just for being a member, as I don’t have any status with Radisson.
I went back out to the car to grab my luggage and head upstairs. The annoying part here is, that the hotel’s entrance consists of two double-doors. The first one is automatic, which is great if you have luggage in tow. On the other hand, the second double door is not automatic and you have to pull it open by hand. Pro Tip: Use the stops on the door. Fold them down to keep the door open to get your bags into the lobby. I wish both doors were automatic, this would make taking your luggage in and out so much easier. Outside, on the other side of the driveway is a small pond with a waterfall.
The elevator is located to the right just past the front desk.
King Standard Room (Room 427)
My room was located half-way down the hallway to the left. The room itself is very spacious and comes with a lot of amenities. Here the list from the hotel’s website, which covers all the amenities.
- Free Wi-Fi
- 55-Inch Flat-Screen HD Cable TV with HBO
- On-Demand Movies
- Work Desk with Lamp
- Coffee/Tea Facilities
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Granite Vanity Outside Bathroom
Dry Cleaning is available but you must set it up with the front desk instead of just filling out the paperwork which usually is in the room. Guest Laundry Facilities are available as well and are located near the pool.
The bed was very comfortable. On either side of the headboard are power outlets and USB ports to charge your devices. This is super convenient and you don’t have to search for them somewhere behind a nightstand. Besides the bed, is a sofa bed.
From the room, you get a “premiere” view of the newly built USPS Processing and Distribution Center. If you are lucky enough you get to see the newly mail-truck drivers on the obstacle course, training to deliver your mail.
The lobby is beautiful. Right after you enter through the main doors, there is a fireplace to your right with seating. To your immediate left, you find coffee and brochures with tourist information.
Further down to the left is a shelf with books for you to borrow. The bookshelves frame a TV which shows departure times from PDX. Next to the shelves is another seating arrangement with chairs and sofa. Perfect to hang out or read a book.
Guests have complimentary access to the fitness center and the indoor pool and hot tub. The pool is located behind the front desk and you probably have noticed it by looking through the windows between the fireplace and front desk. To get to the pool walk straight down to the main hallway and hang a right. Watch for the overhead signs. You will pass the fitness center first, which is rather small but has a good selection of basic workout equipment (Elliptical, Treadmill, Stationary Bike, Stair-Stepper). The next small hallway on the right will lead you to the indoor pool.
The Business Center is open 24 hours a day and is located on the second floor, above the front desk.
Outside the north end of the hotel is a little gazebo to hang out. From the restaurant, you can access a little outdoor patio. Perfect for summer nights to hang out and relax with a drink.
If you want to do some shopping, take the complimentary hotel shuttle to Cascade Station. You can find many of the usual shops here. One specialty store is the Leatherman Retail Store. Make sure you make the necessary arrangements at the front desk.
The onsite restaurant, Brenner’s Restaurant, serves a hot breakfast buffet in the morning as well as dinner at night. The breakfast is complimentary for all guests and has a good and also healthy selection of food.
For dinner, they have a wide variety of starters, salads, and entrees. As I was staying only one night, I ordered the Salmon and it was a great meal and the perfect size. For other cravings in between, you can visit the 24-hour market next to the front desk. They offer beverages and small snacks.
If you are looking for more dining options, you can take the complimentary hotel shuttle to Cascade Station. You won’t find any glamorous restaurants there, as it is mainly a shopping center. However, there is a Starbucks, Subway, Panda Express, Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, and others.
Overall a very great stay at the Country Inn & Suites. The room was clean and everything was in working condition. The staff cared about my well being. I used the complimentary airport shuttle service and it is easy to get to and from the airport. Unfortunately, the information on their website is outdated. You have to wait at “Island 1” NOT “Island 2” as mentioned on their website.
The next morning I saw fighter jets taking off from the Portland Airport. Little did I know that the Air National Guard has a station here on the opposite site of the terminal building.
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