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Opened in 1913 as the finest hotel west of the Mississippi River, The Benson Hotel has gone through some renovations over the decades, and you’ll see it in the rooms. It now features 287 tastefully appointed guest rooms, including 48 junior suites, seven penthouse suites, one Grand suite and one Presidential suite. During 2010 and 2011, guest rooms were refurbished with new bedding, custom cabinetry pieces, flat-screen HD televisions, bathroom upgrades and updated lighting.
The deluxe rooms feature Tempur-Pedic memory foam beds with pillow-top mattresses and comfortable seating, while the junior suites provide a luxurious living area in addition to the well-appointed bedroom. The Penthouse suites, many with outstanding views of downtown, consist of a king bedroom connected to a parlor, some with double French glass doors. The Portland hotel’s luxurious Grand and Presidential suites offer outstanding city views, gas fireplaces and ample space for entertaining. The living and dining room areas open up into a stunning master bedroom with a beautiful four-poster king bed and private bath that includes a double-headed, walk-in shower and adjacent Jacuzzi bathtub.
Ensuring every guest’s needs are met is something for which The Benson prides itself. Breathable organic, plush bamboo bathrobes hang in every room closet, an umbrella is provided for those drizzly Portland winter days and Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities promise to pamper. Given the luxurious and comfortable guest rooms, it’s easy to understand why every U.S. president since William H. Taft has stayed at this luxury hotel.