Courtyard By Marriott Portland North Harbour

1231 North Anchor Way at Marine Drive, Portland, Oregon, 97217, United States
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Convenient Hotel to Interstate 5

by written on September 26, 2010

I have not stayed at this hotel, so I can only comment on its location in the city.

It is located at the far north end of Portland. The water channel just north of the hotel separates Oregon from Hayden Island, and north of the Island is the state of Washington. So, you can't be much further north and still be in Portland (you can be, but then you would be on the island).

The location is close to the Exposition Center, so if you are wanting to go there for an event, this is a reasonably good hotel to stay in for that. However, to get to downtown Portland you would either need to drive on Interstate 5 (even under the best of circumstances it is a very crowded highway, and at peak commute hours it is very slow), or make your way over to the rail transit line that serves the Exposition Center.

The problem with those options is that there is a very severe highway interchange that separates the hotel from the Exposition Center and its rail transit station. Thus, getting to either from the hotel is a bit of a chore unless you drive. Parking at the Exposition Center is fairly expensive (for some events up into the $8 a day range) and so making that short drive from the hotel to the Exposition Center may become fairly expensive once you start to include rental car cost and the cost of parking.

It is possible to walk the distance between the hotel and the Expo Center, but the route is very circuitous due to the huge complicated highway interchange between the hotel and the Expo Center, plus the Expo Center parking lot.

There is a bus route that is close to the hotel, but it is bus route #16, which really isn't that convenient of a route unless you are going to the various north Portland industrial sites it serves.

For tourist travel, this hotel is useful if you need a place close to Interstate 5, but even if you are attending an event at the Exposition Center it really isn't that convenient, and even if you are going to one of those events there are a lot of reasons to stay closer to downtown (more tourist attractions) and take the train to the Expo Center rather than have to rent a car and drive for the very short and very expensive (car rental + parking) trip between this hotel and the Expo Center. I don't see why anyone would want to fight the traffic on Interstate 5 to get to downtown from here, if your goal is to do the standard tourist items.

At least if you take the rail transit train from the downtown Portland area to the Exposition Center there is no parking fee, and there are no busy streets to cross (though you still need to walk the entire length of the Exposition Center parking lot to get from the train station to the entrance).

The hotel web site does say that they have a complimentary shuttle service to the Portland airport (reservation required), so this may be a good option for airport travelers as well - though there are better options for that too. There is no statement about there being a complimentary shuttle to the Exposition Center, even though it is very close, but very difficult (due to the highway interchange and busy roads) to walk to, and too short a distance to really be a worthwhile drive to.

The hotel does feature a view of the channel between north Portland and Hayden Island, and it is also close to the Portland International Raceway, the Portland Meadows horse racing track, and a large regional sports field park.

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larsjordan Feb 15, 2013 at 12:22 AM

I got a living social promotion that was a "stay here at the hotel, park your car in our secure garage, and we'll watch it for you for 7 days until you get back", so I tried it out thinking economy parking would cost almost as much for the week....but my car was stolen the first day I was gone. I returned from my vacation, went down to their 'secure basement", and no car.
I called Portland Police and they said it had been towed from a private property and impounded; it cost me $341 to get the car out of impound, $177 to have the interior cleaned of all the garbage inside from the joyride someone took it on, $300 to change my locks, $240 to install a new AM/FM radio in the hole where a Satellite/CD/ AM FM radio used to be; who wouldn't love to get back at 10 pm and spend six hours getting your car out of impound to drive home at 4 am. The fortunate thing is the car was still drivable, though everything of value was removed from the interior - including seat covers!

The Courtyard Marriott and their insurance company Travelers, told me that they were not liable for theft of my car, and the Travelers agent representing Marriott implied that I had left my car keys in the ignition and unlocked, and so they were not liable. He was also one of the rudest people I have ever talked to on the phone.

Guess what: if you leave your car in economy parking at PDX, your vehicle is 100% safer than if you leave your vehicle at this hotel. There is no gate that prevents unwanted vehicles from entering , nor from someone hot wiring your car and driving out with it; there is no patrol in the basement, nobody monitors the surveillance monitors. Almost every other park and fly hotel at the Airport has some kind of control over who enters or exits from their parking lots, and airport parking is relatively safer than the Courtyard Marriott; at least you cannot leave - a gate won't lift if you don't use the same credit card you used to enter...

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Address: 1231 North Anchor Way at Marine Drive, Portland, Oregon, 97217, United States

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