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Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

The Portland Downtown Marriott on the Waterfront has a great downtown location in the heart of city life, ease of access, affordability and ample high-quality meeting space.

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront – Current single room rate per night, $209

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The location is in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon USA, also known as the Rose City. Portland is an easily accessible city, both for the journey to, and while in the city. Portland International Airport (PDX) connects to most major cities in the United Sates via non-stop service. In addition, non-stop service to the cities of Amsterdam, Frankfort, London, Tokyo, and Toronto opens up easy access to international travelers from points East, West, and North.

Mt Hood

Image of Mt. Hood, an 11,250 ft mountain 50 miles outside of Portland

The TriMet MAX light rail system provides easy transit from the airport to all major points in the city. The meeting hotel is located in downtown Portland in the vicinity to a MAX Red Line station (5 city blocks); this is the line that connects the airport and downtown. The trip from the airport to downtown Portland takes about 38 minutes and costs $2.50 for adults. Ticket machines are located near baggage claim in the airport. The cost for a hotel shuttle from the airport to downtown locations is roughly $15.

Once in the city, Portland offers a large number of extracurricular activities.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry – The museum is 219,000 square feet of brain-powered fun. Five enormous halls bring science to life with hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays. You can experience an earthquake, explore the universe in a world-class planetarium and even tour a real submarine.

Portland Art Museum – The oldest museum in the Northwest, the Portland Art Museum, is internationally renowned for exciting art experiences. Tour the world and travel through history in the permanent collection galleries, including the centers for Northwest and Native American Art, six stories of modern art and special exhibitions.

Shopping in the City – There is no sales tax on most goods in Oregon, so bring an extra suitcase!

Powell’s City of Books – Powell’s is a Portland landmark and one of the world’s greatest bookstores. Covering an entire city block, the store contains more than 1.5 million books in 3,500 different sections that include a separate building just to house a large collection of technical books that Nuclear Engineers can appreciate.

Breweries – Portland is well known for its microbreweries and is home to more than 70 at last count — more breweries than any other city in the world according to Wikipedia. Do we need to say more?

Neighborhood Coffee Shops – Coffee is not a commodity in Portland, but rather a way of life. From a Starbucks on nearly every street corner in downtown to the unique neighborhood experience, you cannot beat the coffeehouse experiences found in Portland.

Other places to visit include the Rose Garden, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland Zoo, Japanese Gardens, and Pittock Mansion. For a cultural experience, visits to the Pearl District, Hawthorne Street, and Voodoo Donuts are recommended.