All About the Extras
Hotel Monaco receives an A+ for this category. Start with the hosted wine reception from 5 to 6 p.m. every night. Children will usually have the chance to sample local chocolate and other goodies at the event. In the morning, coffee and hot cider are available. Wi-Fi is complimentary and you can also request a newspaper to be delivered each morning at your door. The fitness center on the ninth floor is open 24 hours. Complimentary bicycles are also available to tour the city. A goldfish will be placed in your room upon request. An entire floor is devoted to hypoallergenic guest rooms. The concierge has printouts of family-friendly restaurants and sites. The valet has printed directions to the airport and all major Portland attractions.
The Art of Smart Timing
Come in June when the roses in the City of Roses are in full bloom. The rest of the summer is also sublime, with long sunny days and restaurants reaping the harvest from farms and fishing. You'll pay top dollar, but it's worth it. Winter months are gray and rainy. However, you're only an hour away from the ski resort at Mount Hood if you want to use Portland as your base.
For Mom and Dad
Make an appointment for the onsite Dosha Spa and Salon. The Spa Sampler sounds just right: a Swedish massage, recovery facial and aromatherapy pedicure. It's just what you need to rejuvenate your travel-weary body.