Crystal Hotel

Crystal Hotel

6.73 reviews
Ranked #74 in Portland hotels
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303 SW 12th Ave., Portland, OR
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Amenities

Restaurant
Swimming Pool
Free WiFi
Internet Access
Pets Allowed
Air conditioning

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Glasgow

I wanted to like this place but I struggled. It wasn't the shared bathrooms, only once were they all occupied when I wanted to use them, but the lack of amenities and the nearby noise. The rooms are decorated nicely and its cool that the hotel has tried to do something different but when basic amenities such as hairdryers, TVs, mini-bars and even decent Wi-Fi (it kept dropping to the point of being unusable) then doing something different just isn't enough. Another issue is the noise. The hotel is on a busy street, which is not their fault of course, but single glazed, ill-fitting sash windows do little to help cut out the noise. Couple with an uncomfortable bed I did not get a good nights sleep here once. There are positives amongst all this however. The location is excellent, close to great bars and restaurants. There are some fun additions, such as cheap beer for guests from the downstairs bar, free cinema tickets and live music offerings. However these additions only matter when the basics are there and Crystal Hotel just doesn't have these.

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Local from Portland

It’s likely that if you are young (or the cliché equivalent) you may find this hotel really interesting. Located in downtown Portland on 12th Avenue it reminds me of another McMenamins hotel, the White Eagle (see review) but just a little more upscale.

The motif of the rooms is named after bands or performers who have played at the Crystal Ballroom, which is just across the street from the hotel. The hotel also has a stage, Al’s Den, for live performances.

The rooms themselves are clean and adequate, but not luxurious. The rooms share a bathroom with exception of the King room which comes with a private bath!

For me, the most interesting amenity of the hotel is the subterranean salt water soaking pool.

The rates seem a little steep for what they are offering, but if you love the music scene and the modern Portland nightlife, it maybe a good deal?

Fun hotel, but for a particular market!

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The recently created Crystal Hotel is one of my favorite hotels in Portland. It's nothing fancy (most of the rooms have a small corner sink but share a bathroom), but the decor is amazing, the location is great (it's just a few blocks from Powell's books and in the same complex as the Crystal Ballroom, and the rooms are adorable. Each room has been decorated based on a song by one of the many big bands who have played at the Crystal Ballroom over the years. Sonic Youth, Arcade Fire, Blondie, James Brown, Jefferson Airplane, and Portland's own Kingsmen (of Louie Louie fame) all have rooms here; the Grateful Dead have a couple (the McMenamins are Deadheads). Best of all, there's an underground saltwater soaking pool that's open until 1 in the morning.

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Amenities

Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
Dining & Drinks
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
Fitness & Recreation
  • Indoor pool
Parking
  • Self parking (surcharge)
  • Long-term parking (surcharge)
Accessibility
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
Traveling with Children
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
Pets
  • Pets allowed
Services & Conveniences
  • Luggage storage
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Free newspapers in lobby
Bed
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
Housekeeping
  • Daily housekeeping
Other Room Amenities
  • Air conditioning
Property Info
  • Total number of rooms - 51
Crystal Hotel

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