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My schedule changed and I arrived a night early for my conference. I decided to use a Hyatt certificate that was expiring for the extra night and chose the Hyatt Centric Downtown Portland hotel. It was a great choice as I was upgraded to a suite and treated well on my one-night stay.
Anthony’s Take: The Hyatt Centric Downtown Portland has a good location, comfortable and modern design, tasty breakfast for Globalists, and friendly service. I enjoyed my one-night stay and the record player in the suite. When I’m next in Portland, I’ll stay here again.
I booked directly from Hyatt.com using an expiring Category 1-4 certificate. There were two choices: King Bed or Two Queen Beds. Cash rates were around $141 per night for this room type. This hotel falls in the Category 3 redemption bucket, which means that a standard room will cost between 9,000 and 15,000 points.
Transportation to/from the Hotel
I took an Uber Comfort from Portland International Airport (PDX) to the hotel. It cost $48 and took about 29 minutes to drive the approximately 9.9 miles with light traffic. When I left the hotel, I was headed for the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center. I took an Uberx for the short ride and it cost around $9.
The hotel is conveniently located near lots of shopping, coffee shops, and restaurants. It’s also walking distance to Powell’s Bookstore and Portland State University.
I arrived at the hotel around midnight and no one was at the front desk. I knew I had been upgraded and that my suite was ready through the app. The agent checking me in came out a few seconds after I reached the desk. She was brief and quickly explained that I would receive breakfast in the restaurant and asked if I needed a late checkout. I didn’t and had my keys a moment later.
I loved how fun and funky this lobby was and all of the odd things that filled it (like stuffed chickens).
It’s playful and my type of quirky.
Stuffed chickens make appearances throughout the hotel.
There are several seating areas throughout the open lobby.
More seating near the entrance.
The elevators are across from check-in.
I was assigned a suite on the ninth floor and could not get over how busy the carpet is there. When riding the elevator, I saw several other patterns each time the elevator door opened. None were as loud as what is on nine.
The pattern was dizzying, but it brightened up the space.
Other floors were a bit more muted.
The hallway was clean and in good repair.
One Bedroom Suite, King Bed (916)
There are 220 rooms and suites at the hotel.
The suite opens with a hallway. Here there is a vanity, an air purifier, and hooks for coats.
The living room is straight ahead. It held a couch, chair, several tables, and a TV.
The TV was mounted above a table that held a record player, a few records, and another chicken.
I tried it out in the morning.
Etta James Rocks the House was a good choice.
Another chicken peeked out from under the table.
A Keurig, coffee, cups, and condiments were on a shelf in the corner along with an ice bucket.
An empty refrigerator was found below.
The bedroom was off of the living room. It offered a king-sized bed, nightstands, and a TV.
The TV was mounted above another vanity and next to a full-length, light-up mirror.
The safe was located inside this cabinet.
A closet was next to the mirror. It held a robe, an extra pillow and blanket, iron and ironing board, and luggage rack.
The spacious bathroom was located off of the bedroom on the right side.
The vanity had a single sink. I loved the Drybar blowdryer below.
A bar of BeeKind soap was next to the sink.
Other BeeKind toiletries were also found here. This meant that there were no wall-mounted bottles (which I’m not a fan of at hotels).
The shower was spacious. I liked the grey tile and found the water pressure and temperature to be great.
The toilet was housed in its own separate room.
Breakfast is served in the hotel’s restaurant called The Market. It’s open from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Globalists receive breakfast for two that includes any entree, coffee, and juice. Tax and gratuity are included.
The restaurant was empty when I dined there around 8:30 AM.
The menu has a nice selection of breakfast options.
I ordered the Breakfast Sandwich with an orange juice. It arrived quickly and was delicious.
Public Areas & Amenities
The hotel has a fitness center, the lobby-level restaurant, and the seating noted above.
The fitness center was also empty. It had a limited amount of equipment and weights.
Towels and water were provided.
The Hyatt Centric Downtown Portland is a fun and funky hotel. I enjoyed everything about my stay and would return when next in Portland.
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