We couldn't bare spending $200 a night in Portland after we had just had an awesome stay the previous week at the Park Lane Inn & Suites in Portland so we hunted around and this was the best we could do. It was a deal at $40 per night for a room with 2 single beds, a bathroom--in the room, not down the hall, and a coffee maker. Sheets, blankets and towels and a fan. No comforter, no soap, no plug for the bathtub. A clock radio was sitting on the floor.
It wasn't such a deal for our family because we needed 2 rooms. The good part was the price, the location--within the free bus zone, walkable to pioneer square and downtown, and a free bus to Powell's. Big screen TV in the lobby, university atmosphere. Good Lebanese restaurant across the street.
Bad parts: the place is shabby except for the lobby. There are no luggage carts. You must park in a parkade across the street and there's nowhere to unload your luggage for easy access to an elevator. 2 out of the 4 beds were broken. I'm not kidding. The box springs were broken in half! The very sweet person in charge of the summer guests said that no one had ever told her. I'm surprised they don't do a thorough inspection of the rooms they offer to the public.
We felt really badly for the students who would be occupying these rooms during the school year. The bathrooms were clean but grody. The carpets are torn. There was mould on one of the sheets. The drapes are varied and some off the hooks and filthy. In one room they were sheers in the other they were black out. No air conditioning but the windows do open. Even so, the room was incredibly stuffy. The furniture--a desk and dresser had broken drawers. The mirrors were no longer really reflective. Picture a dorm room from the '80s that's had zero updates and that's what you get.
If you only need one room, it's a huge savings at $40 per night and it's worth it. For a family of 4, try to stay at the Park Lane or other places like that or even one's a bit out of town. The poor sleep, very hot room and asthma attack from the mould make it not worth it.
Everything's under very tight security. You need your room key fob to work the elevator.
Oh ya, there was the requisite fire alarm in the evening where we all went outside and hung around until the fire department allowed us to return.