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Mark Spencer Hotel

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Eugene, Oregon
Reviewed 12 September 2013

This is a nice older hotel right in the middle of Portland and close to everything. You can stay here and explore Portland either by walking or by taking the convenient, free public transportation located just a few blocks away. We had a nice suite with a kitchenette, which was great since we like being able to prep our own...

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Pam-Coser, General Manager at Mark Spencer Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words and endorsement. We believe we have the best location in town with everything you mentioned right outside our door - restaurants, shopping, transportation, museums and a festival or two! If you drive, you can easily park your car in our garage for only $18/night and explore the city on foot. Many guests...

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 11 September 2013

This hotel is in the process of renovating rooms and public spaces. But for the price and location even the unrenovated rooms are competitive. I hope it does not become too expensive, this was my third stay over the years. Very efficient and friendly staff. Leave your car at home (though there is parking), as walking and public transport are...

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Pam-Coser, General Manager at Mark Spencer Hotel, responded to this review

Wow - this was your third visit! I would like to thank you for each and every time you allowed us to be your host. We appreciate every guest who walks through our doors and feel especially grateful to those who keep returning. As our renovations progress, I'm sure you're able to see the changes over the past year. I...

Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 11 September 2013

This hotel is very well located in the heart of Portland with easy walking distance to great shops and restaurants. Rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable. Breakfast included is substantial enough and the cookies and tea in the afternoon is nice. Staff are attentive and helpful.

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Pam-Coser, General Manager at Mark Spencer Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review - we look forward to hearing from our guests. With so many options for dining and shopping within a 2-block radius, I hope you were able to find a few favorites! The nearby food carts are always on everyone's "must do" list. We sincerely appreciate your business and hope you will allow us to be...

Kelowna, Canada
Reviewed 10 September 2013

We stayed here for a girls weekend in September. Centrally located with easy access to light rail. They have a complimentary wine tasting every night with appies which was very welcome after a day of sightseeing or shopping. Also, the continental breakfast was far better than most with a fabulous coffee/espresso machine which we made very good use of. Rooms...

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Pam-Coser, General Manager at Mark Spencer Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for allowing us to host your girls weekend! Shopping is always an "event" in Portland with major department stores featuring all the current fashion, eclectic corner shops, shops in alleyways, pop-up shops, entire streets dedicated to promoting small shops and one of the largest booksellers in the world - Powell's Book Store. All tax free! I hope you...

Baldwinsville NY
Reviewed 9 September 2013

The Mark Spencer was our last stop on our week-long vacation to Portland and the coast. It was the only hotel we stayed at, spending the rest of our time at B&B's and Inns. So it may be unfair to compare, but it was my least favorite place. The staff was very accommodating. The room we were originally given was...

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Pam-Coser, General Manager at Mark Spencer Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing us as your final vacation stop. I'm always happy to hear when our guests have joined us for our complimentary wine reception. It always manages to bring our guests together for an hour of "getting to know you." I hope you enjoyed our selection of Oregon wines. I will happily pass along your kind comments regarding...

Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 7 September 2013

The Mark Spencer has a few things going for it. It is located just outside the Pearl District close to everything. The Staff was helpful and attentive and the bed was very comfortable. Aside from the above this hotel is straight out of 1960. The first room we check into smelled musty like your grandmothers basement, we were shown two...

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Pam-Coser, General Manager at Mark Spencer Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing The Mark Spencer Hotel. Within the coming year, most items you mentioned will take on a new look! We are completely renovating our guestrooms with new carpeting, furnishings, kitchens and bathrooms, as well as guestroom corridors and public spaces. I hope you will return to see the changes! All the best, Pam

Australia
Reviewed 7 September 2013

I stayed at this hotel with my husband for one night. The staff were helpful, our room was clean and a decent size but we overlooked a roof top. However, the hotel is an older style and offers a more friendly, intermit atmosphere and the location is good. They offer complimentary local Oregon wine tasting between 5pm and 6pm which...

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Pam-Coser, General Manager at Mark Spencer Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for joining us during our complimentary wine hour. Oregon produces some of the tastiest wines in the country and we love to invite our guests to sample the best there is! As we continue with renovations at the hotel, we will be installing additional insulation in our guestrooms as well as new doors to...

Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 7 September 2013

If you are really snooty and picky this may not be the place for you. However, if you want a very comfortable, good-sized room with a terrific bed and bedding, nice service from all of the employees, and a great location in the Pearl district, then stay here! From the curbside bellman, to the courteous hotel staff, everyone at the...

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Pam-Coser, General Manager at Mark Spencer Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of The Mark Spencer and your kind words regarding our staff. I'm proud to say we have some of the best service professionals in the industry and am pleased they were able to make your trip more enjoyable. I'm so happy you were able to enjoy the coffee from our espresso machine - it does...

Ventura, California
Reviewed 5 September 2013

The rooms were wonderful, the location was within walking distance of major attractions, the staff was accommodating. John Healey was especially helpful. He seemed to know everything there is to know about Portland. He was friendly and gave wonderful advice regarding sights, especially restaurants! If you stay at the Mark Spencer, seek out John for spot-on advice. You won't be...

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Pam-Coser, General Manager at Mark Spencer Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review The Mark Spencer Hotel and for your kind words to John. I will be sure to pass along your comments to him. Our location gets mentioned quite frequently and with good reason - we are perfectly situated in the midst of world class dining, shopping and theatres. I hope you had time...

South Florida, Florida
Reviewed 4 September 2013

Loved this place, nice to have a kitchenette and sitting area. The people working there are very helpful and offer fantastic customer service. Staying downtown of course costs a bit more but you are blocks from the trams and trains, many restaurants and bars near. The only thing I can suggest is to install towel hangars in the giant shower,...

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Pam-Coser, General Manager at Mark Spencer Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for the "sweet" review! You're right - staying downtown is the best! With unlimited choices for dining, shopping and sightseeing, you can visit one of our many brewpubs (crafting their own beer) while deciding on your next activity! We will be adding more hooks as well as counter space to our guest bathrooms during our renovation. We want...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Breakfast included
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
In the world of hospitality, there are a few unexpected places in which timeless European flair, cultured style and Old World courtesy are vibrantly alive. These lasting impressions are also accompanied by a profound respect for another very precious aspect: your comfort. Welcome to The Mark Spencer Hotel, an exceptional value in the hub of the city. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Mark Spencer Hotel

Address: 409 SW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
Region: United States > Oregon > Portland > Downtown
Price Range: $217 - $460 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mark Spencer Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 101
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Mark Spencer Portland
Hotel Style:
#22 Romantic Hotel in Portland
#22 Family Hotel in Portland
#25 Business Hotel in Portland
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“We had a corner king, and although the street car was below us, didn't keep us awake!”
  • Sitting area of room
  • You do have a great view and visa versa into other rooms!
  • Little kitchen area
 of 5 bubbles Krisinseattle, 23 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Then suites are super nice. Ask for one that faces the street.”
 of 5 bubbles deborahk0, 19 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Corner suites on 3rd floor or above are large, well appointed and have great views.”
 of 5 bubbles georgehU7462FG, 3 Jan 2017 | Read review
“View would be better from an outside room. Inside room windows only look at other rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles robertgC3191EM, 12 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Courtyard rooms are most quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles cstiles, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
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