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April 14, 2014

Visit Portland: Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach

It wasn't until three years ago that I first heard about Red Lion Hotels, and ever since it's a brand I've grown to trust.

To me, Red Lion Hotels is synonymous with great service, clean and comfortable rooms, and numerous amenities, which is why our family decided to stay at the Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach in Portland, Oregon, which is located just 15 minutes away from Portland International Airport with easy access to I5 and numerous shops.

Check-In
As we drove up to the Red Lion on the River - Jantzen Beach, my first impression was that it was a HUGE hotel (4 wings with 320 guest rooms and suites), but the exterior looked a bit dated. However, once I stepped into the lobby I was very impressed with the fresh, modern interior (and would soon find out the rooms would be just as fresh and modern).

Check-in was quick and friendly.

As a Red Lion R&R Club Member I received a couple of bottles of complimentary water, and we were directed to our hosted room.
R&R Club Members get complimentary water upon check-in
Lobby Seating

Room
We stayed in a Premium 2 Queen Beds Non Smoking Room which overlooked the pool, and we had a nice view of the Columbia River.

Whirlpool and pool
View of Columbia River
The room itself was spacious and clean, and the plush pillow top beds were SO comfortable. 
Plush Pillow Top Beds
I thought the flat-screen TV was a bit small for the room, but it sufficed, and I loved that there was a large work desk, as well as a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker.

Work desk

Microwave, coffee maker, and refrigerator
I thought it was great that the hotel offered eco-friendly bath amenities as well as a bin for recyclables.   I also really liked that there were two sinks in the room.
Bathroom
Second sink
Shower
Occasionally we could hear the sounds of airplanes or trains late at night or early in the morning, but any noise, even from other guests, was minimal.
 
Dining
Although I was a bit disappointed that the hotel no longer offers the Roaring Start Breakfast Buffet, Jantzen Beach Bar & Grill, the on-site restaurant, does offer a breakfast menu with great options.

Kids Hayden Island Breakfast - One egg, hash browns, bacon, toast

Kids Pancakes with Fruit, Syrup, and Oregon Sweet Cream

Columbian Omelet

Bacon Mushroom Omelet
Not only was the food good, but the service was great, the prices were very reasonable, and the view was absolutely stunning!
View from Jantzen Beach Bar & Grill
Other Services and Amenities
  • Complimentary Parking - LOTS of free parking.  Even during conferences and other special events at the hotel we never had a problem finding parking
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center - perfect for printing out our boarding passes
  • Tennis Courts
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary Airport Shuttle
  • Swimming Pool
  • Laundry Room
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Recycling Stations - the hotel is very conscious about sustainability and the environment.
  • Plenty of Seating Areas - in addition to the in lobby, there are numerous sofas and chairs for guests to sit and relax throughout the hotel
  • Books to Borrow - the hotel offers many books for guests to borrow
  • Jantzen Beach Café/Espresso Lounge
For more information and a list of amenities click here.

Fitness Center
Business Center


Tennis Courts
Laundry Room
Recycling stations
Seating area with books to borrow

Jantzen Beach Café / Espresso Lounge

Final Thoughts
Once again we had a wonderful stay at a Red Lion Hotel.

From check-in to check-out, we received great service.  The convenient location, clean and comfortable room,  and the numerous services and amenities made the Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach the ideal hotel for us during our Portland vacation.

Just outside the Red Lion on the River - Jantzen Beach

 Thank you to Red Lion on the River - Jantzen Beach for hosting our stay.  Gratuities and meals were paid on our own.

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