Sharing is caring!

I was lucky enough to get to go on a Moms-only trip to Portland, Oregon in March. We try to get away once a year and we chose Portland because it’s just 3 hours from our homes in the Seattle-area. We all have 3-year-olds, so it’s a comfortable distance. I started researching hotels immediately. Since one of the Moms in our group was super pregnant, we wanted to find somewhere centrally located (where we could walk to stuff) but that also offered food options in case we ended up just hanging at the hotel. And cleanliness was of highest priority.

After a lot of research and group input, we decided to try Sentinel Hotel which is ideally located in the heart of Portland’s city center, not far from the Pearl District and waterfront. In 2016, it was ranked #1 Best Hotel in the PNW by Conde Nast Traveler. Although Sentinel Hotel is a luxury hotel, the alternative spirit of Portland has permeated through their walls. Their extensive list of signature amenities include a pillow menu, pet services, and locally made Salt & Straw gourmet ice cream. They even have a number of beehives on their rooftop where BeeLocal produces artisanal, local honey.

Lather toiletries at Sentinel Hotel
They offered a great assortment of toiletries, including make-up remover and a shower cap.
Because we were on a Moms’ getaway, I paid close attention to amenities I look for when traveling. Usually, I’m disappointed with the toiletries as they usually just offer soap, shampoo/conditioner, and lotion. I was thrilled to see they also offered body wash (that actually smelled good), make-up remover (something I ALWAYS forget) and a shower cap (which makes my world so much better.)
Welcome menu at Sentinel
Welcome Menu from Sentinel in Portland, Oregon

Out of the three rooms we had, mine was the only one that had this menu card in it. Usually when I get into a hotel room, the first thing I do is look at the binder that has all the hotel info. I like to know what my options are. It’s cool how streamlined this was and really got to the point. I also feel like we should have tried out the Pillow Menu and ordered from Salt & Straw. However, we spent a lot of time out and about exploring Portland.

But, it’s definitely worth noting that we found some special items in the mini bar area. In 2/3 of the rooms, there were “Love Kits” featuring personal massagers. This was the first time I’ve seen something like that in a hotel mini bar and we thought it was hysterical!

Lobby of Sentinel Hotel
Between the lobby and the restaurant were little seated areas hidden away.

What’s Awesome About Sentinel Hotel:

  • The lobby is gorgeous and offers complimentary Smith Teamaker iced tea and citrus water.
  • The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated.
  • They offer make-up remover and bathrobes. I mean, does it get any better than that?
  • Earplugs are available at the front desk.
  • The beds have extra blankets and comforter and they are super comfortable.
  • They have free wifi in the room (and you don’t need to enter a password.)
  • Sentinel has an on-site restaurant and a full Starbucks where they brew using the Clover machine.
  • They also have a nightclub at the hotel. My friends went and said it was great to walk through and remember what it was like to be young, and then feel grateful that we are no longer that young 🙂
  • The location was ideal for us. Easy to walk to shopping, a multitude of restaurants and just steps away from the amazing Comma wine bar + nail salon.
Sentinel in Portland, OR
Even with the lamp on, the room felt very dark in the evening.

Sentinel Hotel’s Not-So-Great Features:

  • Their overnight parking is $43. I found cheaper parking down the street but it wasn’t clear if I could park overnight (thankfully the valet staff were super helpful.)
  • They have a club downstairs which can be heard throughout the hotel (if you don’t wear earplugs.)
  • While the hotel itself was mostly quiet, the birds outside were not. My friend Lisa put it best, “I think someone gets up at 5:00 am every day to feed 7,000,000 birds across the street from the hotel.”
  • No pay-per-view movies.
  • The room felt a bit dark at night because there are only 2 lamps in the room.
  • The glasses didn’t look very clean.
  • Their Starbucks was supposed to serve beer, wine and savory snacks from 4pm on, but they said they were no longer doing that.

Sentinel in Portland, OR


Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.


  1. That sounds like a great place to stay in the Portland area. If I ever make it out that way, I will keep this hotel in mind!

  2. Sounds like a very hip place to stay if you like to party. That little reading nook is very interesting I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that in a hotel room before either .

  3. I’ve never been to Portland but I’d love to take my family there someday. I’m not sure a nightclub in the hotel would be good for a family trip but it sounds perfect for a girl’s weekend. Awesome review!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Portland is a fabulous place for families! They have a lot of cool accommodation options. This is a great location for families, but yes, the nightclub aspect might not be the best fit 🙂

  4. What a fun weekend getaway for you and other moms! And this place looks fab with the amenities! The Starbucks sold me right there! haha!

  5. I’ve never been to that area but the hotel does look nice! I like the decor and set up. The rooms do look a little dim but that could be helpful for sleeping in in the mornings.

  6. The hotel looks like a great place and centrally located. Thank you for the honest pros and cons. I do not think I am going to be in Portland but if ever I am I will remember this.

    • marciecheung Reply

      If you ever head to the West Coast, Portland is seriously a fun stop!

  7. aish das-padihari Reply

    Ah!! The hotel looks so comfortable. Home away from home indeed.

    • marciecheung Reply

      It was super comfy! And the bathroom was actually large enough to move around in!

  8. Haha omg a love kit, a personal massager? That is awesome! I love that there were so many amenities like make up remover it sounds like they had thought of everything! x

    • marciecheung Reply

      We were all cracking up! I thought I’d seen a lot of variety in hotel amenities, but this was a first!

  9. This looks like a lovely hotel! If I am ever out that way I will be sure to check it out. I am actually hoping to make a trip out west soon, so this is good to know.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Please come out west! If you do, let me know and I can give you some suggestions!

  10. The parking is always a killer. It would have been nice to offer it less since you’re already staying in the hotel. It’s not like you’re there to just park your car. The distance is quite nice though.

  11. I think it’s a lovely place to spend the weekend in but it’s not really a place to hang out in. Its location is perfect especially when you want to explore around the town and easily head back when you get tired. It’s not so bad, I just don’t like the idea of the noise and the expensive parking.

  12. Elizabeth O. Reply

    It sounds like you had a great time with your mom friends! It’s always nice to get away from all the chores and responsibilities even for a couple of days. This hotel isn’t that bad, I like the rooms! It would have been perfect if there wasn’t any noise at night.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Oh that’s a long flight! And I bet quite pricey. That’s why we don’t really go to the East Coast. Crossing my fingers for good travel deals!

  13. I have always wanted to go to Portland. I hope one day I can make it there! The hotel looks beautiful and cozy!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Portland is one of my favorite spots! The food is amazing and everything is so quirky!

  14. I just took a trip to Austin and I like our hotel had the same bath and body goodies. They smelled so amazing I want to order full size for home.

  15. I love how cozy and inviting this hotel looks! And definitely a bonus on the toiletries they provide!

  16. It looks like a nice hotel. I like the decorations and the room set up too. Vacations are nice and I’d like to take more often. Love hotels and the history of them.

  17. My husband and I’ve been wanting to visit Portland for years now, but we haven’t had a chance to visit yet. I’ll have to keep this hotel in mind when we do. Great review!

  18. I love Portland! I used to live right next to it in Vancouver, WA. I’m always going back to visit. I’d love to check out this hotel! It looks super cute!

  19. I have been thinking of moving to Portland. I think it’s such a cute city! These hotel looks so great, if I visit I will definitely be checking this hotel out.

  20. This hotel looks very neat. I am really enjoying your blog posts. I am inspired to travel more with my family!

  21. This looks like a great place! We would love to visit Portland again. We had so much fun there.

  22. I like the attention to detail and the decor in the rooms. I also really like the hidden seated areas, so cool! Thanks for sharing an honest review.

    • marciecheung Reply

      I think honesty is important when it comes to hotel reviews!

Write A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.