515 SW Clay St
Portland, OR 97201
Rate: $119-$190 + tax
Booked Via: Modera Website TripAdvisor Reviews
We happened upon the Modera by accident. On a business trip, we originally had a reservation at The Courtyard near Lloyd Center at a rate of $149 per night. But, using the tried and true strategy of checking other hotels at the last minute, we stumbled on a great rate of $109 at The Modera. Usually, rooms here are $200 and up during high season.
Location: The Modera has a great location in downtown Portland a couple of blocks off of the Columbia River. It’s easy to access and has valet parking available. Whether your staying on business or pleasure, most things downtown are an easy walk. It also sits on the Light Rail line, which means easy access to most suburbs and the airport as well.
Facilities: The hotel has a retro-modern theme with a spacious lobby and an upscale restaurant called Nel Centro which is attached. The hotel appears to attract a wide array of guests from seniors and business people to the ultra cool and hip. One cool feature is the “courtyard of fire” just outside the bar. There are several concrete fire pits where you can enjoy drinks or snacks in the cool Portland weather.
Staff: Check-in was quick and efficient. Everyone was very pleasant and were able to answer questions about the area. There is a small convenience area to purchase things you may have forgotten at home or that snack item you need to get your through until dinner.
Rooms: Rooms were adequately sized. Based upon comments by other internet reviews of this hotel, it appears that at one time this may have been a Days Inn in a previous life. Don’t’ let that worry you. You’d never know it. Rooms had an adequate work desk, HD flat screen TV, great beds with premium linens. Bathrooms were mostly white marble, a lighted large mirror and plenty of extra towels. Most rooms have one wall that is mostly window, so even though the rooms are a bit smaller, it feels large and comfortable.
On each floor ice is cleverly concealed in a credenza right off the elevators. Elevators are card key controlled, adding an extra layer of security. Both USA Today and the local paper are delivered outside of your door each morning.
Club Benefits: As we’ve mentioned elsewhere in this blog, there’s always a benefit to joining frequent stay or hotel association programs. The Modera is a member of SLH (Small Luxury Hotels). As a member, we received free parking (a $12 value), a $10 breakfast voucher and a complimentary small bottle of wine in our room.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay The Modera. If you’re looking for a great hip hotel with great amenities, this beats others in the area, hands down.