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The Benson Hotel

309 Southwest Broadway | Portland, OR 97205-3794  [SEE MAP]Portland, OR  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Pet-friendly hotel with free Wi-Fi
Reports of inconsistent service
Guests especially love this hotel's accommodating staff and Pearl District location in Portland. Its European aesthetic – from the Austrian chandeliers to the baroque-style lobby to the in-house restaurant, The Palm Court – helps the overall impression, too. For the best value for the money, some say you should book one of the spacious and many-windowed junior suites. But regardless of the room you choose, you'll find a flat-screen TV, iPod docking station, Gilchrist & Soames bath products and plush bathrobes. Complimentary coffee and newspapers are available in the hotel lobby. And since this hotel is pet-friendly, your pup can enjoy the amenities, too.
Portland, OR
Hotel Class
Property Type
Hotel, 287 rooms
Primary View
City center
Traditional, Historic



  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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The lobby is Portland's loveliest, paneled with (now extinct) Circassian walnut from Siberia, with a cozy fireplace area and a Palm Court that hosts a very popular happy hour.

Frommer's Exceptional



In the guest rooms expect to find small crystal chandeliers and inlaid mahogany doors. Some even have the original ceilings.


This historic property has a convenient central location for exploring the Pearl District and Pioneer Square.



From imported marble and carpets to chandeliers hanging in every guest room, The Benson is luxury embodied.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 3251 have reviewed the The Benson Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3251 reviews 4.5 (based on 3251 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Renovated in 2011, the hotel’s classic guest rooms feature historic architectural elements with modern amenities. Guests will find Tempur-Pedic beds with down bedding, and in-room entertainment includes 37-inch flat-screen TVs, fully stocked minibars, and alarm clocks with docking stations. Bathrooms have Gilchrist & Soames bath products plus organic bamboo robes and slippers.
  • In-room coffee and tea

Standard room size250 to 300 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Set in the heart of downtown, The Benson Hotel is ideally situated for exploring Pioneer Square and the Pearl District. The landmark property opened in 1913 and has since hosted nearly every U.S. president. The historic lobby features walnut-paneled walls, European chandeliers, marble floors and elegant details from a bygone era. Within walking distance of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, the hotel is popular with both business and leisure travelers, especially those with an appreciation for history.
  • Multiple light rail stations and bus stops nearby
  • Town car services available for a fee
  • Located about 10 miles southwest of Portland International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($40)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


The Benson offers two dining options. The Palm Court, located in the historic lobby, serves American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour. Adjacent to the hotel is El Gaucho steakhouse, offering an old-school atmosphere with a cigar room and tableside dessert preparation. ?
  • The Palm Court offers live jazz Wednesday through Saturday
  • Private dining options

Number of restaurants2

Cuisine TypesAmerican, Latin American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


The Benson offers a 24-hour fitness center with treadmills, stairmasters, stationary bikes and free weights.
  • Complimentary water and reading material
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


The Benson has more than 18,000 square feet of meeting and event space available for business functions. Featuring historic architectural details and modern technology, the property offers professional event planning services for up to 500 attendees. The 24-hour business center features PC and Mac workstations, high-speed Internet and printers.
  • Full-service catering
  • Stage area and theater-style space

Number of meeting rooms18

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The Benson is a dog-friendly hotel and pets are allowed for a $25 nonrefundable fee. The property provides pets with Tempur-Pedic pet beds, dog care packages and a dog-friendly guide to Portland.
  • Limited number of rooms accommodate dogs
  • Guests with pets are required to sign a damage waiver
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting


Offering historic ballroom spaces and catering services, the Benson is equipped to host weddings. The London Grill offers an intimate setting with a fireplace for rehearsal dinners and small events. The Crystal Ballroom features Austrian crystal chandeliers and cathedral windows for an elegant ceremony or reception. The property’s largest space, the Mayfair Ballroom offers a historic atmosphere that can accommodate a dinner and dance setup for 300 guests.
  • Cocktail reception space for up to 500 guests
  • On-site wedding specialists to manage the details
  • Guest room blocks for wedding attendees

Maximum wedding guest capacity500

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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