Last month, Dad and I headed to Portland for a mileage run on United, where we decided to spontaneously book our hotel stays on a whim to make it more fun. Using some referral credits with HotelTonight (related post), I was able to score a room at one of Portland’s finest downtown luxury hotels, The Nines for just $15.
Since the NCAA was in town during the few days that we were there, hotel prices were on the rise and availability was limited, but I’ve been eying HotelTonight’s Portland availability for a few weeks prior to our trip to get a sense of what to expect. I noticed that The Nines was consistently available on a day-to-day basis and was priced around $159; however, the app listed the property at $195 ($225 with taxes and fees) during the NCAA. I redeemed my $220 in HT credit for the room, which left me paying $15 out of pocket for the night.
Since The Nines is an SPG property, I also received points for the stay, as well as 500 bonus Starpoints for declining cleaning service via their “Make a Green Choice” promotion (related post). For only $15, I ended up with a night in one of Portland’s prime hotels and a total of 812 SPG Starpoints. Not too shabby.
The Nine’s is located in the heart of downtown Portland on SW Morrison Street, adjacent to Pioneer Square. Directly outside of the hotel, you’ll find the TriMet MAX Light Rail which makes getting around Portland a breeze. In general, I found the city of Portland to be extremely efficient and accessible via the MAX Light Rail and also by foot.
The hotel lobby and check in is located on the 8th floor, and you’ll see in the photos below that the rest of the hotel has a beautiful open floor plan, allowing fantastic panoramic aerial views of the lobby from the floors above. There is also a gigantic dome window on the ceiling which radiates natural light throughout the entire hotel, which I thought was a nice touch. We were given a room on the 11th floor which was very spacious and nicely decorated in a “vintage-meets-modern” manner. Below are some photos to reference: