Hello Oregon friends,
Well, there's a new development in my road trip plans. I realized I had miles accumulated on my American Airlines Advantage program, and can redeem them for hotel stays. I've already reserved a night's stay in St. Louis and another in Denver for my trip, and looks like I have just enough miles for two nights in Portland, though only for a limited selection of places based on the miles I have left. Can you help me choose one that would best fit my plans?
The nights will be Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 15. I'll be arriving in Portland after a day in the Gorge, then hitting a couple of brewpubs for dinner and afterward. On Saturday I'll get up early and spend the day hiking around the Mount Hood area, again returning around dinnertime to hit a couple more brewpubs (Deschutes, Hair of the Dog, Upright and Hopworks are all high on my list). Sunday is uncertain, but would like to hit Washington Park for a run, do some beer shopping at Belmont Station, and then head to Pacific City in the afternoon for my trek down the coast.
The major consideration here is being close to the light-rail line so that I don't have to drive at all after visiting the brewpubs in the evening. Safety of the neighborhood, proximity to things and, of course, quality if the hotel itself are also important. Here's a list of what I can afford with my miles (I realize these aren't exactly five-star hotels, but hey, it'll be free):
Hotel Fifty Chinatown, 50 SW Morrison St.
Red Lion Portland Convention Center, Broadway District, 1021 NE Grand Ave.
Holiday Inn Portland Airport, 8439 NE Columbia Blvd.
Shilo Inn Suites Portland Airport, East Portland, 11707 NE Airport Way
La Quinta Inn & Suites Portland Airport, East Side, 11207 Northeast Holman St.
Shilo Inn Portland/Rose Garden, Broadway District, 1506 Northeast 2nd Ave.
La Quinta Inn Portland Convention Center, Broadway District, 431 NE Multnomah
OK, I'm getting tired of typing addresses. A few others are: Howard Johnson Portland Airport, Quality Inn & Suites Airport Convention Center and Comfort Suites Portland Airport,