The best thing about this hotel is the price for location. It's an older hotel and the rooms are a little on the smaller side, but the room that we stayed in had a kitchenette. For the price, the location can't be beat. If you typically whine about European-sized rooms, go stay at a major chain, but I would recommend this place to my friends.
I had a very pleasant experience at the Howard Johnson Portland Airport hotel. There was a free shuttle connection from the airport (I didn't realise this when booking -- but it was a nice surprise!) and the staff at PDX were helpful in arranging it.
The staff at the hotel were great: very friendly and helpful. The room was also fine and comfortable, if a little hot at night. Breakfasts were pleasant and plentiful.
For a reasonably-priced hotel close to the airport, it's a very good deal. To get into town each day takes a little while, but the connections (either via the number 12 bus which has a stop right next to the hotel, or via bus 72 and the red/blue MAX line) are excellent and frequent.
I had a good time at this hotel, and would recommend it.
The rooms are desperate for some deep cleaning....they were installing new carpet in hall outside, so hopefully they are renovating the rooms! The beds were very comfortable! All in all my only complaint would be the cleanliness of it!
Overall this is a great hotel if you're looking for something more home-like and less hotel-like. However, the free breakfast was REALLY BAD. I was pretty amazed at how something would look edible but once in my mouth I had a hard time understanding what it even was. Everything I tried was just awful. So we bought some eggs and bacon to cook in the room's kitchen for breakfast instead. But the supplies in the kitchen aren't really meant to be used. The type of pans made everything stick to them so much that it was difficult to cook even that.
pretty nice hotel, nice decor which reminded us of a hotel we stayed in East Berlin. Staffs are very friendly and patient. Rooms are spacious and well maintained. Streetcar station is right in front of the hotel, and plenty of restaurants close-by as well. We liked the hotel very much.