I was attending a conference in downtown Portland and didn't want to spend a lot for a room. I was pleased with this Howard Johnson. Little things like real glass glasses and coffee mugs were thing I really appreciated. Nice restaurant in the same parking lot so I could walk to dinner. Felt safe and even though right next to a busy street my room was quiet. Bed was comfortable. Housekeeping did a nice job.
This place is HUGE. It's fairly humble looking from the outside. It's an old apartment building and is an unassuming building from the outside. But the suites are basically apartments, not typical hotel rooms. They have a second building that is smaller, but the main building suites are really great. It's very close to Washington park - also huge. It's in a nice section of town. We really liked this hotel.
I've stayed at this hotel in the past and usually and very satisfied. However, the hotel was undergoing renovations so it made the stay not as nice as usual. I wish I was informed that the hotel was being renovated at the time of booking. I would have stayed elsewhere.
The staff was very friendly and accommodating to my needs. They were the highlight of the hotel. The building does need repair and definite updating. The furnishings were dated but the bed was extremely comfortable.